Recreation theme OK’d for FL’s 2nd summer museum

Two-month operation planned at 67 S. Lake in downtown


Recreation from 1868 to the 1970s will be the theme when the Forest Lake History Museum opens for a two-month run in July.

Any and all items that have to do with recreation in the Forest Lake and greater area will be displayed, said Glen Berg, executive director of the newly created Forest Lake Area Historical Society.

The museum is a spin-off from last summer’s popular museum that led to the formation of the new non-profit historical society. Last summer’s event was in concert with the 100th graduating class at Forest Lake High School.

The committee planning the museum is looking for artifacts that relate to boating, hunting, fishing (summer and winter), resorts, camping, hotels, sports, travel (stage coach, wagon, train, bus, car), swimming, theater, ice skating, parks, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, special groups, clubs…on and on, Berg said.

“We are in need of those who would like to loan items/artifacts, setting up, and volunteering time once we are up and running,” Berg said.  “We will be in need of tables/covers, display cases, area partitions, general supplies and much more.”

The planning committee has secured use of the vacant building at 67 S. Lake St. as the museum home for July and August. The building is known by many as the former Bob Johnson Sporting Goods building, but has held a number of occupants in recent years.

Some details regarding the summer operation are yet to be finalized. While a two-month run is planned, hours of operation have yet to be determined.

It is expected the museum will be open in connection with the annual Independence Day celebration in Forest Lake.

Several key dates are established for those wishing to place historical items on loan or to help with the operation.

On Saturday, June 23, the committee will have a planning meeting at 3 p.m. at Post 225, 355 W. Broadway Ave. Anyone from the public interested in attending will be welcome, Berg said.

Starting on Monday, June 25, the museum committee will begin setting up the museum. The set-up will continue through Friday, June 30.

For more information on the museum or to make plans for loaning items, contact Berg at 651-464-6132 or by email to: [email protected]