Special Events


Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 2018 Each spring, the museum hosts Millfest a family event celebrating the history of the mill and the pioneer heritage of the region. Millfest is held the first weekend in May and features guided tours of the mill in operation. Professional millers run the mill (without grain) and tours are available for visitors age 13 and older. Other activities include a traditional arts fair, including a quilt show, live musical entertainment, and great food.
Millfest Information
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Swedish Genealogy Workshop - Spring/Fall 2018

Discover Your Swedish Roots! Swedish Genealogy Workshop
Spring - March 17 & 18
Fall - September 29 & 30
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Fall 2018 Registration Open Now

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Saturdays, December 3 (1-5 pm) and December 10 (5-8:30 pm), 2016
John Presley tells a Shepherds story of Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with simple pleasures. The museum is filled with the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned prairie Christmas. The laughter of children and the sound of Santa’s bells ring out across the grounds. Concerts of beautiful seasonal music accompany many other activities.

Children can enjoy old-fashioned crafts, decorate sugar cookies, and take a moment to write that letter to Santa! Santa himself strolls the grounds, listening to the wishes of kids of all ages. A shepherd tells the age-old Christmas story. The popular Smoky Valley Drama Team performs seasonal drama. Tour guides will be on hand for guided tours in the flour mill. Between activities, everyone can enjoy delicious holiday refreshments and shop for those special gifts at the museum's gift shop.

Old Fashioned Christmas Information
December 3rd Program
December 10th Program

Thad Beach Musical Christmas Wagon