Museum opens this Friday

A Forest Lake marching band uniform is part of a display at this year's museum, which opens for a third year this Friday. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

A Forest Lake marching band uniform is part of a display at this year’s museum, which opens for a third year this Friday. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Mary Bailey
Community Editor

Do you know where local kids went to school a hundred years ago? What was it like? You can find out at the Forest Lake Museum. Doors will open on Friday, May 31.

In its third summer, the Forest Lake Museum is also in its third location: The displays are set up at 97 S. Lake St., next to TradeWins Sports.

The first thing you will see when you enter the museum is the 1860 document that deeded land from the Banta family in 1858 for the building of the first Forest Lake school, just south of Wyoming. Also on display will be historic pictures of Forest Lake High School, including classrooms, artifacts and athletic equipment.

All Forest Lake High School yearbooks from 1936 to 1984 are on display, and all senior class pictures from 1948 to 1980.

This year’s theme, “Forest Lake Area Schools,” was chosen because School District 831 is the area covered by the Forest Lake Area Historical Society, and because it’s a topic everyone can enjoy.

Museum Director Glen Berg has been working with Superintendent Linda Madsen, Communications Director Ross Bennett, and High School Athletic Director Joel Olson to collect material from the elementary, junior high, and high schools.

Private schools are also included. Public Relations Director Karen Anderson from St. Peter’s School is another of Berg’s sources.

Interactive displays include a slate, where visitors can write what they liked best about the museum, and a chalkboard where they can sign their names.

The museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through July. On July 4, a Thursday, the museum will be open in the morning, from 8 to 10 a.m., and also after the parade.

Do you have something interesting to show? Museum volunteers are still accepting items for display and will continue to do so while museum is  open. Call 651-464-6132 to arrange a drop-off time.

The museum does not charge an admission fee.

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