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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  • 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. 35th Annual West Newton Day at the Harkin Store

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

    35TH ANNUAL WEST NEWTON DAY

    This 35th annual event celebrates the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton that existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901. Historical photographs from Bob and Agnes Gleisner will be on display, as well as the history of the Alexander Harkin family. Alexander was the founder of the 1870's Harkin Store.

    We invite any descendants of West Newton's earliest settlers to share their stories and photographs for the special event. We will be able to photocopy any information and photos for you.

    In August, the Harkin Store is open from 10 to 5 pm every day except Mondays. The gift shop is open the same hours as the store. Admission to the program is included with museum admission. Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society members are free.

    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.

  2. Bees and Honey

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

    In the past, honey was used as sweetener instead of sugar. It was found on the prairie and harvested by the pioneers. Crystal Bock from Nicollet will have information and equipment that she uses to make her honey.

    In August, the Harkin Store is open every day from 1 to 5 pm, except Mondays. Admission to the program is included with museum admission. Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society members are free.

    Our gift shop is open the same hours as the store and has toys, books, unique and hand crafted items, along with 10-cent candy.

    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. For more information and scheduling of large tour groups contact 507-354-8666 on weekends or Nicollet County Historical Society at 507-934-2160.

  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. 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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