Fillmore County History Center now has lockers for genealogy library patrons to store their electronics if they choose, as cell phones and other personal gadgets are not to be used in the library.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fillmore County History Center now has lockers for genealogy library patrons to store their electronics if they choose, as cell phones and other personal gadgets are not to be used in the library. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Winter: When one searches for dead relatives.

"We are no longer hosting a winter event - we decided last year to use Nov. 1 as the cutoff point for FCHC (Fillmore County History Center) events, due to weather, cancellations, too many other activities our board members have on their plates at this time of year, as well as competition from so many other area organizations in the holiday events department," said FCHC Director Debra Richardson.

However, she added gleefully, "It's a great time to search our genealogy library for your dead relatives."

She cited that the snow of December and January might prove prohibitive for large FCHC events such as were held in the past, and even though the museum's board of directors goes on hiatus until mid-March, the museum in Fountain is still open to visitors who may like to use the post-holiday quiet as an opportunity to search for information on their family trees.

"Winter gives us a chance to catch up with stuff around here that needs to be done, like dusting...if we start at one end of the museum, it's already getting cobwebs by the time we get to the other end," Richardson said. "The farmers like to come into the museum to check out the tractor and implement displays, and I go to check on them after an hour or two because it's cold out there."

Richardson said the history center has had a busy year including a really busy summer.

"We made a purchase of new lockers for people to put their computers and cell phones in when they're in the genealogy library since those things aren't allowed," Richardson continued. "We had people coming all the way into September - leaf peepers, people coming to look up their genealogy - but we also have plans for the coming year in progress."

Richardson said the history center will be hosting several events from April to October of 2014. On April 26, the history center is looking forward to an excellent author and presenter, Curtis Dahlin, who writes about the U.S.-Dakota War. "He's an excellent researcher and historian," Richardson said.

Also set in stone, but without a firm program date, is an 80th birthday party for the history center in mid-August. "We plan to 'party like it's 1934' because the historical society's birthday is Aug. 21," Richardson said. "We're planning lots of fun things. That's when Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a shootout and maybe Pretty Boy Floyd might show up, so we want people to stay tuned."

For the history center's 2014 annual meeting in October, John Grabko will serve as the speaker.

"We have other things in the works, too, but we can't give up the secrets yet," Richardson teased. "In the meantime, we want people to come and use the genealogy library...dig up your dead relatives from under the snow."

The Fillmore County History Center is located at 202 County Road 8 and Highway 52, in Fountain. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (507) 268-4449, e-mail FCHC@frontier.com, or log onto the FCHC website at www.fillmorecountyhistory.wordpress.com.