Harkin Store

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Rates

  • $5 adults, $3 seniors (65+) & students w/ID, $3 children 6–17, free age 5 and under. Please call ahead for sign language interpreters, field trip or other group reservations.

Open

  • May 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014

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Directions

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

Other Date Information

  • Mem. Day Wkd.–Labor Day:Tu–Su 10–5 May & Sept.–Oct. 20: Sa & Su 10–5

Attraction Attributes

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

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Events

  1. Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman

    66289 County Highway 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: 507-354-8666

    Pioneer women were an important part of the development of the territory of Minnesota and the state. The women of that time worked alongside their men while performing the duties of the house, as well as sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening and child-rearing. Life was not easy for the women of the prairie. Through various displays, see how the pioneer women lived, from basic housekeeping to entertainment.

    The Harkin Store is open from 10 to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays with programs on Sunday afternoons 1 to 4 pm. There is an admission charge which includes the displays and a tour of the store. Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society members are free.

    The gift shop is open the same hours as the museum and will have a discount on gift items.

    The historic site is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

  2. Grandparent's Day

    66289 County Highway 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: 507-354-8666

    What did you do with your grandparents when you were growing up? Did they read to you, teach you to bake or sew, some kind of wood craft or play games? Well, come and see what you could have done with your grandparents back in the 1870's. We will have some activities for you to do with your grandparents or parents.

    The gift shop is open the same hours and is will be offering discounts on most items.

    The historic site is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

  3. Old School Days

    66289 County Highway 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: 507-354-8666

    The Harkin Store will be having a program on old schools in Nicollet County. There will be photos and old school books. There will also be a photo of the Robinson school, which was an old private school that was located in the town of West Newton. Admission to the program is included with museum admission. Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society members are free.

    Come enjoy and learn about the village of West Newton and the Harkin Store that was prosperous in early 1870's. In August, the store is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, except Mondays. The Harkin Store is open Labor Day, September 1st, 10 am to 5 pm. After Labor Day, the store will be open Saturdays and Sundays in September from 10 to 5 pm.

    The historic site is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information and scheduling of large tour groups contact 507-354-8666 on weekends or Nicollet County Historical Society at 507-934-2160.

  4. Sheep-Wool-Quilts

    66289 County Highway 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: 507-354-8666

    Alexander Harkin come to West Newton in Minnesota to raise sheep on the hillside. He is noted as having very good quality wool. The Harkin Store has a program to honor the wool industry. Come and see the displays of wool and information about wool. There will be a display of spinning wheels, carders, wool items and quilts, both new and old.

    The gift shop is open the same hours as the store and has a discount sale on items. The store is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 to 5 pm with programs on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. We are open MEA week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 19th.

    The Harkin Store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. The historic site is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

  5. The West Arrives at West Newton

    66289 County Highway 21
    New Ulm, MN 56073
    Call: 507-354-8666

    The town of West Newton is expecting the arrival of the west with the cowboy ballads and yodels of Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers. Lonesome Ron will be presenting western music in story and song.

    The town of West Newton is at the end of the line for the riverboats. It’s where many pioneers got off to go west. The town started in 1856 when there was a big flux of people moving west. The west was wild at that time.

    The store is open on Labor Day, September 1, from 10 to 5 pm. After Labor Day the store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 5 pm.

    The historic site is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information and scheduling of large tour groups contact 507-354-8666 on weekends or Nicollet County Historical Society at 507-934-2160.

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