On the Porch

The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member supported organization. The Society, founded in 1934, reactivated in 1954, and incorporated in 1965, operates the Lyon County Museum in downtown Marshall in the former Marshall-Lyon County Library building.

LCHS was active in the early years of Lyon County, but records show it was officially established in June of 1934 by A.P. Rose, the author of the 1912 History of Lyon County book. The Society was “reactivated” on Nov. 18, 1954. At the 1954 meeting, held at the courthouse, the following officers were elected: Bruce Pierard, president; J.E. Conner, vice president; Minnie (Mellenthin) Freese, secretary; Charles Chapman, treasurer; Kermit Huso, C.E. Peterson, and William Beasley. In 1965, the Society was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in accordance with state law.

The mission statement of LCHS is: The purpose of the society shall be the collection, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Lyon County and to relate it to the history of the region and the state of Minnesota. LCHS accomplishes this through the care of the collection, interpretive exhibits, and programming. Basically, history is the story of change, and our job is to keep track of the changes for preservation and education.

As mentioned, LCHS is a nonprofit, member supported organization. LCHS receives funds annually from Lyon County and the city of Marshall to help support the museum. LCHS also depends on funds through memberships to support the museum. The LCHS membership runs annually and the levels are: Individual $25, Couple/Family $35, Business $100, Benefactor $300, and Premium Business $500. Members are the first to know of what is happening at the museum and upcoming programs and events. Our members are vital to the Society, and more members are always needed to continue the operation of the museum, the preservation of the museum’s collection, interpretive exhibits on a rotating basis, and special programming for adults, students, and children.

LCHS’s 2017 annual meeting is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the museum. The event includes snacks and refreshments (free will donation), business meeting, and speaker. The annual meeting is open to our members and anyone interested in learning more about LCHS. After the business meeting, our speaker for the evening is SMSU adjunct professor, Dr. Anita Talsma Gaul, who will speak on “The Women of Southwest Minnesota and The Great War.” The photograph, from the museum’s collection, featured shows people gathered in Garvin to celebrate the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

The Lyon County Historical Society is a nonprofit, member-supported organization. For more information on membership, research, volunteering, or the museum’s collection, please contact us at 537-6580 or director@lyoncomuseum.org. Like our page and follow us on Facebook.