The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is located on the North edge of Willmar, Minnesota and across from Willmar Lake and Robbins Island

Friendly reminder! KCHS will be closed on June 19th, Wednesday for the Juneteenth Holiday. Don't worry, we'll be back with our regular hours on Thursday, June 20th!

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society partnered with the Willmar Stingers to begin a West Central Baseball Hall of Fame in 2024. More information


Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday 10am-2pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Sperry House open Saturday 10am-2pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Admission: $5.00 / 12 & under free
Kandiyohi County Historical Society Members  Free
Location: MAP 610 NE Hwy 71
Willmar, MN  56201
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The MinnWest Podcast: 🎙 Ep. 4 The History Of MinnWest & Willmar!

Jill Wohnoutka and Joanna sat down to recap the long history of the campus which started as a farm
🚜 owned by Leon Willmar..ya know, the guy our lovely town is named after!

If you’re a fan of history you N E E D to listen to this one!

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Special thanks to the
Kandiyohi County Historical Society


The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c)3 dedicated to "discovering, preserving, and sharing the story of Kandiyohi County and its people.


Photo by Greg Harp



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Friendly reminder! KCHS will be closed on June 19th, Wednesday for the Juneteenth Holiday. Don't worry, we'll be back with our regular hours on Thursday, June 20th!

Help support the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and keep your heritage alive by becoming a member!  

Benefits include free admission to entire facility, subscription to quarterly newsletter, reduced rates to KCHS programs!

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Share your photos and posts related to the history of Kandiyohi County on social media with the hashtag #kandiyohihistory

Thank you for providing support for preservation of our heritage! These supportive levels provide support beyond the basic membership dues.  This support enables the KCHS to maintain professional level standards for preservation, exhibits, programs and other services

KCHS Supporting Membership

Harley & Evelyn Aalfs 
Mary Schnell 
Loren Knott 
Gerri Ekblad 
Carole Heimdahl 
Larry Lohn 
Dick & Sheila Bosch 
Wayne Emberland 
Doug Hazel 
Louise Thoma 
Roland & Judy Boll 
Lavonne Johnson 
Dr. Peggy Johnson 
Susan Mattson 
Carol & Lee Roisum 
Sam & Barbara Modderman 
Emilie & Terry Mikes 
Arlet Roelofs 
Gayle & Linda Larson 
Robert & Pauline Halvorson 
Karen Hernandez 
Robert Bliss 
Dan Ahlquist 
Dale & Judy Johnson 
Patti Anderson 
Orial Vern & Mildred Buer 
Lyle Stai 
Greg & Sally Bergos 
Jeff Johnson 
Breanda McNichols 
Tim Mulder 
Nancy & Jerry Welch 
Linda Bjornberg 
Pete & Carla Fostervold 
Andrew Pakalns 
Mark & Lylas Peterson 
Tom Venaas 
Janet Dokken 
Linda Swlain 
Dean & Diane Shuck 
Craig & Renee Johnson 
Sheila Sjerven 
Barbara Everson 
Jan Helin 
Mike & Sarah Leshuk 
Yvonne Natvig 
Cal & Diane Miner 
Gretchen Jacobs Nelson 
Stan & Sallie Green 
Steven Rambow 
Thomas Schroer 
Mike & Linda Mickelson 
Suzanne Nelsen 
David & Dara Lynn Horner 
Rolf & Joyce Standfuss 
Don & Phyllis Shaw 
Richard & Challis Ronning 
James Leary 
Kim Schroeder 
Gordon & Betty Behm 
Richard Lindahl 
Lois Fosterovld & Tom Renstrom 
Peter & Emilie Poss 
Todd Erickson 
Gail Nygaard Anderson 
Beth Fischer 
Richard & Joquel Molenaar 
Janelle & Paul Higdem 
Bob & Dona Haines 
Stan & Sue Malecek 
Krista Cleary 
Carol Olson 
Sue Morris  
Mary & Doug Sawatzky  
Bea Ourada 
Loren & Smitty Luschen 
Jan Beyerl 
Jan Crackel 
Daniel Downs 
Carol Hable 
Doris Hennen 

Diane & Larry Macht 
George “Corky” & Ramona Berg 
Marilyn Johnson 
Scott Nelson  

Advocate Business  
Kensington Bank 
Home State Bank 
Engan Associates 
Corneil-Elkjer Agency North Risk Partners 
Peterson Brothers Funeral Home 

The War Memorial Auditorium in Willmar was featured on Postcards. Watch it here.