The Blackduck area’s past is interestingly revealed in stories, pictures, artifacts and displays throughout the History Center. The Library contains a collection of historical pictures, township histories, albums and scrap books of yesteryears, high school year books, and obituaries to name a few.
Enter the fully furnished One Room Home, or the One Room School to get a feel for living in the past. Examine the very old tools and equipment used in the past, and step into the Outdoor sports shop to admire the collection of fishing lures, animal traps, boat motors and other sports paraphernalia. At other times you may see Children displays using old toys, books, sports and games, etc.
Visit the General Store, with its shoe repair and tobacco shops, or check out the old-fashioned telephones and antique switchboards. Step into the Church area to view the 100-year-old organ, communion or prayer rail, collection pole-plate and pictures of local churches.
The Drug Store with soda fountain accessories and the Medical Office, complete with instruments of the time, are fascinating and an iron dentist chair and drill awaits you!
A Military display features WWII and other uniforms, and numerous artifacts, pictures and stories recorded by local veterans (manuscripts and DVDs), and much more. There is a Logging room with pictures, tools and cooking utensils, and Paul Bunyan’s 10’ gun hangs on the wall.
The Ethnic display is of special interest, and boasts a replica of a real Indian wigwam created on the premises by a Native American Storyteller for the benefit of our school children. An Indian Head Dress, Indian ‘Jingle’ Dress, animal furs, pictures and a “Tree of Nations” are all located in the ethnic display area.
We continue to change out our displays as we acquire other artifacts, and do our best to make it “always different and interesting.” Educating the children of the area about our past experiences is a major objective of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center.