Harkin Store

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  • $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 veterans/active military and ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members. Please call ahead for sign language interpreters, field trip or other group reservations.

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    • May 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

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  • On Co. Hwy. 21, nine miles NW of New Ulm. GPS: 44.3866,-94.5993

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  • Mem. Day Wkd.–Labor Day:Tu–Su 10–5 May & Sept.–Oct. 20: Sa & Su 10–5 Programs generally on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Afternoon of Leisure

    Afternoon of Leisure

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    German immigrants to the Minnesota River Valley contributed a new cultural concept on the frontier: taking Sunday afternoon for quieter work and socializing. Women would come together to knit, tat, crochet and do other handiwork. Men would gather to work with wood or play music. Take a break, bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you learn about these frontier hobbies and what a Sunday afternoon was like in the 1870s. Refreshments will be served.

  2. Bees and Honey

    Bees and Honey

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    In the 1870s, pioneers would search for and harvest honey on the prairie to use instead of sugar. Visitors can view a display on bees and honey created by Crystal Bock and hear her speak about the ins and outs of beekeeping. Bock's honey will be for sale.

  3. Christmas in July

    Christmas in July

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate a Scottish "Christmas in July" in honor of Alexander Harkin's native country. Visitors can sample Scottish goodies and admire the decorations, including a trimmed tree set up in the gift shop. Visit the general store, play checkers and relax on the front porch.

  4. Old Games Day

    Old Games Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Visit the Harkin Store for an afternoon of historic games, such as pick-up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops. Many of the games can be purchased at the gift shop, along with toys, books, 10-cent candy and handcrafted items.

  5. Old Schools Day

    Old Schools Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Explore the history of old schoolhouses in Nicollet County, including the Robinson school in West Newton, with historic photos and textbooks.

  6. Snakes of the Minnesota River

    Snakes of the Minnesota River

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Snake expert Tom Jessen will bring a variety of fascinating reptiles for visitors to see, handle and learn about.

  7. The West Arrives in West Newton

    The West Arrives in West Newton

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    The "west" arrives to the town of West Newton as musician Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, shares Western music like cowboy ballads, yodels and stories through song.

  8. West Newton Day

    West Newton Day

    66250 Co Hwy 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: (507) 354-8666

    Celebrate the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton, which existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901, at this annual event. Visitors can view historical photographs and learn about the history of Alexander Harkin and his family, the founders of the 1870s Harkin Store. Descendants of West Newton's earliest settlers are invited to share their stories and any old photographs. Historic site staff will copy information and photos.

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