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Our history is important
On behalf of the Chippewa County Historical Society Board of Directors, a sincere thank you to the residents of Chippewa County for their continued support, volunteerism and generosity to the Society in 2012!

This past year the Society hosted several successful events including our annual banquet, Heritage Week, Mission Sunday, Horse Power Event, Memorial Walk to Camp Release and Dialogue, and Christmas in the Village.

Maintenance issues continue to be addressed at all three of our sites, with new roofs on the School House at Historic Chippewa City and on the Lac qui Parle Mission. In 2013, the Swensson Farm Museum barn will also be shingled.

We encourage you to join us in keeping history alive by visiting Historic Chippewa City, the Swensson Farm Museum and the Lac qui Parle Mission in 2013. It's OK if this is your first visit, we know you will love your experience and that you will be back. Remember, history is important!

Again, thank you and Happy Holidays!
—June Lynne
CCHS Director