Little Falls Bus Trip
Friday, July 14th
8:00am – 6:00pm

Join the Kandiyohi County Historical Society on a Bus Trip to Little Falls, MN on July 14th. The trip in-
cludes stops at the Morrison County Historical Society, the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, and the Minnesota Military Museum. The bus leaves from the KCHS parking lot at 8am and will be back in Willmar by 6pm. Cost of the trip is $50 for members or $60.00 for non-members. The price includes bus, admission, and lunch. The included lunch will be at A.T. The Black & White Restaurant.

Deadline to reserve your spot on the bus is July 6. For questions or to reserve your spot, contact us at (320) 235-1881,, or in person at the KCHS Museum Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm.

Painting Poppies
Thursday, July 20th

Join the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for a themed painting workshop. Poppies became a symbol for re- membrance of fallen soldiers after WWI and we will be creat- ing the painting of poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI. New London artist, Michelle Westhoff Ogdahl, will guide you step-by-step through creating this piece of art.

This workshop is open to all skill levels. All supplies and materials are provided.

Cost of the workshop is $40 for members or $50 for non-members. There will be limited spots available. Make your res-
ervation today. Groups are welcome. To register or for questions, please contact us at (320) 235-1881,, or in person at the KCHS Museum Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm.

Kandiyohi County Fair
Wednesday, August 9th -Saturday, August 12th
Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds-Pioneer Cabin

Join us this year at the Kandiyohi County Fair in the Old Settler’s Cabin! This year we will be featuring World War I, the Sacred Places Project and the History of the Kandiyohi County Fair. During the fair, we will release for sale the Sacred Places of Kandiyohi County calendar for 2018. We will also have train and activity tables for the kids to enjoy!


Contact Jill Wohnoutka for any additional information.

The West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame announces the Inaugural Class Inductees

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is proud to announce the inaugural Class of 2014 inductees into the West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame.  This year's inductees include:

  • Sylvester “Blix” Donnelly (1914-1976) A right-handed pitcher and lifelong resident of Olivia, MN.  He had an 18 year professional career between 1935-1952.  He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Braves.
  • Howie Schultz (1922-2009) played five seasons with the Willmar Rails starting in 1950.   Prior to coming to play in Willmar, Schultz played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds.  
  • Mike Kingery (Grove City) played professional baseball for 17 years with the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.  He played VFW and American Legion baseball in Atwater and Willmar. 
  • Barry Wohler (Orono) a Bird Island native played baseball for Bird Island-Lake Lillian high school.  He played Legion ball for six years starting when he was in 7th grade.  He played at the University of Minnesota and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played Triple A baseball.
  • Rueben “Rube” Nathe (Litchfield) started playing baseball in his youth in New Munich, MN.  He has been managing the Litchfield Blues since 1982.  Coached the Local American Legion team for 29 years.  Served as District and Minnesota State Vice Chairman for 36 years. 
  • Art Grangaard (1915-2004) was instrumental in building up the baseball interest in Willmar area in the 1950’s.  Awarded MVP of the Willmar Rails when they won the 1952 Class AA state tournament.  He was both manager and third baseman. 
  • Joe Martinson (1923-2007) started work at KWLM in 1947 where he covered many area high school, legion and Willmar Rails baseball games with his memorable play-by-play.  He was an assistant coach and manager of the Willmar American Legion baseball team. 

For more information, call Jill Wohnoutka at (320) 235-1881 or