History on display at new Maple Grove museum

One of the displays at the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum is a kitchen. People will able to come and tour the new museum Sunday, July 14, between 1 and 5 p.m. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller) Old farming equipment can be looked at the new Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)
Old school desks and photos of area schools from the past are part of the site at the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller) Older radios, cameras and other devices can be viewed July 14 at the open house of the new Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller) An old high chair is set up in the kitchen display at the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)
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One of the displays at the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum is a kitchen. People will able to come and tour the new museum Sunday, July 14, between 1 and 5 p.m. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society will host an open house for its new museum Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

The public is invited to tour the museum and stay for an ice cream social. Entertainment will be provided by the Tea Pot Band.

The society said, “We will be anxious to show you our displays of items that have been collected over the years. Now that we have this  wonderful space it is our opportunity to pursue the dream that has been on the back burner for years.”

On display will be a kitchen depicted from the 1930s, including a kerosene stove, green kitchen furniture, dry sink, high chair and more.

Other displays in the museum will feature schools and their changes over the years as well as a display of old cameras and radios.

There will be a main display of military uniforms and memorabilia as well.

The society has over 1,000 Maple Grove artifacts, which include quilts, clothing, pictures, utensils, children’s items and more. Many of the artifacts have been donated by Maple Grove families.

This museum was a big dream of Dorothy Schoenmann, who died in September 2010. She was a resident of Maple Grove and Osseo and was known as the Historian of Maple Grove and author of “Maple Grove Memories.”

These donated artifacts were on display at the Maple Grove Arts Center and the Maple Grove Government Center previously.

This space will be the final home for the museum and the Maple Grove artifacts. The displays will periodically be rotated within the museum.

Viewing hours at the new museum are limited. Those interested should contact the society at 763-494-5983 and set up a tour time.

The new Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society museum is located at the Maple Grove Public Works Facility, 9030 Forestview Lane. Use the south driveway to park and enter the museum.

The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the new museum site.