The Depot Museum opens for the season on Wednesday, May 3 and the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society will also have the 2017 Sleepy Eye Ornament available for sale that day.

The Depot Museum opens for the season on Wednesday, May 3 and Museum Director Deb Joramo expects a busy day as the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society will also have the 2017 Sleepy Eye Ornament available for sale that day.

The ornament, their second in a series that features historical photos from the museum’s collection, is a 1910 Sleepy Eye Lake scene of two young men in a canoe from the Frank Scobie Studio.

While not everything in Sleepy Eye can be about Babe Ruth—there is a tenuous connection again. When Randy Krzmarzick, Scott Surprenant and Dean Brinkman traveled up north to meet Len Youngman—the 105-year-old Virginia man who picked up Babe Ruth’s home run ball in Sleepy Eye in 1922—they saw this very photo hanging on Len’s wall. They recognized the historical Sleepy Eye photo, and Len teased that maybe that was him in the canoe (maybe not—do the math.) Oh well, he is the guy that got Babe Ruth’s ball, and he does have this photo on his wall—that’s not so many degrees of separation!

Joramo said visitors to the Depot Museum will also be able to view the Emmy award on loan from KARE-11 TV’s Boyd Huppert who won it for his piece titled “The Babe, the Boy, and The Ball.”

Several local retail stores will also have the ornament available after the museum opens on May 3.

Another new offering at the museum this year is an expanded family history section. A row of file cabinets hold newspaper clippings, mostly obituaries, and photos submitted to the historical society. Visitors are welcome to peruse the files for information.

“We accept old family photos, obituaries and other clippings,” said Joramo. “We received a grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation which allowed us to spend time this past winter organizing the family files.” Joramo said they are also glad to receive any Sleepy Eye pictures for the museum’s collection.

The Ancestry.com-World Explorer Membership is still available for public use during the museum’s normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

The Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society will conduct several fundraising activities this summer—that’s how they support the Depot Museum. “We’ll have our Walking Taco stand early in July and will sell apple slices at Party in the Park,” said Joramo. “We’ll also have our waffle feed on Saturday, Aug. 19 as part of the Corn Days celebration, but we’ve decided to discontinue the Grassroots Gathering. It has been declining in profitability and the ornament project has provided the needed income in it’s place.”