Historical society hopes to establish new museum
TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — The McHenry County Historical Society in North Dakota has acquired a 1906 building in the hopes of creating a museum.
Historical society recently purchased the building from Towner, the Minot Daily News reported. The city had used the building for storage. The Masonic Temple also had rights to the upper floor.
The society is researching grants and aims to establish the McHenry County Western Museum that would include exhibits for each of the towns in the county and a gifted Louis L’Amour collection.
The L’Amour items consist of memorabilia from the late Reese and Margaret Hawkins. Their daughter, Meredith Hawkins Wallin, has offered to gift her parents’ collections to the society once it has somewhere to store them. L’Amour, a popular western fiction writer, was born at Jamestown in 1908 and died in 1988.
Anna Thorson is the president of the McHenry County Historical Society, Towner. She said the Hawkins had been friends and traveled with L’Amour.
Thorson said the original county historical society, founded in 1972, had established a museum, which eventually closed. The society went into dormancy until about two years ago. The opportunity to obtain the L’Amour collection inspired the idea for another museum.
“We are trying to make a home for this collection and for other things in McHenry County that would reflect the western theme,” Thorson said. “We are just open to donations and awareness as to what we are doing because we can’t go forward with anything until we have the money.”
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com