Historical Society

Historical SocietyMission

Our mission is to effectively link the past with the present and preserve it, for the future.

The Beginning

The Watonwan County Historical Society was organized in 1935. World War II ended those activities. Twenty-nine interested persons met at the American Legion Post House, Madelia, in 1966 launching the present organization. Four objectives were adopted:

  • Locate, record and preserve items of historic interest
  • Preserve and mark historic sites
  • Provide a fireproof building for their preservation and display
  • Work with the Minnesota Historical Society

None of this could have been achieved without the support of our county people and former residents. We are grateful to the Board of County Commissioners for its generous support and the City Council of Madelia for supplying free water and electric power.

  1. Pam Sandbo


  2. Physical Address
    423 Dill Avenue SW
    Watonwan Historical Center
    Madelia, MN 56062

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 126
    Madelia, MN 56062

    Seasonal Hours

    April through September

    Monday through Thursday
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    October through March
    Wednesday and Thursday
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.