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Kanabec History Center

805 West Forest Avenue Mora, Minnesota

Mailing Address: PO Box 113, Mora MN 55051

320-679-1665 email:

Open Year Round 

Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Upcoming Events

The Kanabec History Center opened to the public in 1978.  Operated by the Kanabec County Historical Society, the Center is located on 37 acres bordering the Snake River on the west side of Mora, MN.  The main facility contains an exhibition hall, climate controlled storage areas, reference library, conference room, gift shop and office space.  The Coin School, constructed in 1898, now serves as an education building for Kanabec History Center programs. 

It is also available for meeting use and other community classes as is the Kanabec History Center conference room. 

Currently weekly: yoga classes, karate classes,  dancing, Artrageous Art Studio Group, 
& Mitchell Ministries Sunday Services

Organization meetings monthly: Northern Exposure Photography Club, Town and Country Garden Club, Mora Quilting Friends, Kanabec County Artists Assoc.

The one room Whittier School house is used for 
Old Tyme Country School classes each summer.  

Kanabec History Center features include: 
    * Whittier School * Webster School 
* Coin School     * Hiking trail
       * Farm machinery exhibit building 
    * Picnic tables and covered Picnic area.

*Meeting Rooms available for rent

* Museum Gift Shop & Antique Nook

*Research Materials including County

Newspapers from 1884 to present.

*Reference Card Catalog by Name for Obits, Marriage and Birth Announcements

Membership Special BOGO!!
Buy a • New • Gift or • Renewal Membership and get a membership to give a friend!

Help preserve the roots of Kanabec County
Enjoy KHC Member Benefits and
Introduce friends and family to the Kanabec History Center. Learn more about KHC membership click on membership in the side bar! or call 320-679-1665

Fund raising: 

Now raising funds to put a roof over the 1960's Mora Fire Truck.
We need to raise at least $5500 for the roof & Cement slab. If more funds are raised we hope to also pour a cement slab for the truck to set on. This project is extremely necessary to preserve the truck and prevent further weather damage. Already raised for the project, $1230 from the Kay McCarty memorial fund, $2000 from Dave and Patti Purdy for a total of $3230. If you would like to donate for this project you can send you donation to the Kanabec History Center 
PO Box 113 Mora MN 55051

Use GoodSearch for your internet information searches and help raise a penny for the Kanabec History Center every time you do a search. Shop and up to 37% of each purchase will be donated to the Kanabec History Center. Just go to and enter
Kanabec History Center as your charity!

Upcoming Events


Reg; Hours: Tuesdays thru Saturdays
10 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

The Caboose Opens New Exhibit

There is an exhibit inside the 1950’s caboose with photos and text about the timeline and history of the railroad in Kanabec County. Photos and text along with some information about the history of the caboose itself.

In the Exhibit Hall A New Exhibit Looks at the History of Our Buildings “If They Could Talk”

In this exhibit we are looking back in history from the perspective of a few of our oldest buildings. When they were built, who built them, what businesses have they housed over the years. A number of our current businesses are in buildings whose history goes back 100 years or more. We will tell their stories with photos and text, included in the exhibit will be the buildings we have featured in our newsletter, Zimmerman’s, The Williams Block and The Zetterberg Building (See article in the last issue of the KHC newsletter).

Outdoor exhibits include the Webster School (the log building), the Whittier School, the 1904 Fire Hall Full Size Replica, the Potato Farming Exhibit, the Machinery Exhibit and the Black Smith Shop.

Western Fun at the Kanabec History Center
"Fun-Time Round-Up"
Sat. Aug. 16 from Noon to 4 PM

• Kids Games Including:
          Fence Post Lasso
          Cow Bean Bag Toss
          Rodeo Bingo
          Posse Finds the Outlaws
• Horse Shoes for Adults
          and Barn Yard Hussle for the Kids
• Photo Ops: Life sized cuts outs & John Wyane cut out
• Story-Time in the Log Building
• Crafts in the Whittier School

• Food: Root Beer Floats, Wood Fire Pizza
          Hot dogs & smores over the camp fire.

• Information Booths Demos & Displays in the Coin School by some of the groups who meet at the History Center including: The Rum River Squares, Northern Exposure Photo Club, Friends of the Grass Lake Church, Kanabec County Artists Association. The Round Dancers ball room dance group will have demos throughout the afternoon under the Sherman Lumber Bandstand on the south side of the Coin School.


Summer Celebration
at the Historic Grass Lake Church
located on 133rd Ave. off of Cty road 43.
Sun. Aug. 10 @ 2 PM

Everyone Welcome, No Admission Charge, Free Will Offering

• Gorden Hallstrom To Emcee • Sing-a-long Old Tyme Hymsn, Ardis Hallstorm at the Piano • Marie Grundberg on guitar country favorites • Root beer floats following the program

The Grass Lake Church building was originally the Swedish Mission Church of Grass Lake incorporated in 1886. The church opened in 1887, that first building burnt in 1894 and was rebuilt on the same spot in 1898 when funds were finally raised. This is the building that still stands today. The last shurch use of the building was in the 1960's. This building is the last remaining building of the town of Grass Lake established in 1883, although settlement had begun in the 1870's.

Up dated 7-29-2014

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Old Tyme Country School

Current History Center Exhibits
• Ojibwe Camp • Music, Music, Music • Quilts from the KHC Collection •  1904 Kitchen • Logging in Kanabec County • Kanabec County Country Schools Research Material • Extensive Research Library • County Newspapers dating back to 1884


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