The Grantsburg Area Historical Society (GAHS) held the organization’s annual meeting for members and those interested in learning more about the group at the Crex Meadows Education and Visitors Center on Thursday, Sept. 16. 

GAHS secretary Kris Henning, reported to members that although COVID pandemic restrictions resulted in the closure of the Grantsburg Museum and Emma’s House to the public this past year the organization has remained active.

Recently the GAHS hosted a very enjoyable ice cream social for guests on the lawn of the one-room Reed School located on the Grantsburg School District campus.

Henning told those in attendance members also continue to work on displays at the museum, including a new exhibit honoring the military. Members are also available by appointment to assist folks who want to research area or family history in the history room at the Grantsburg Library.

Henning concluded her report on a hopeful note, stating the GAHS board is planning for a reopening of the museum and other GAHS buildings in 2022.

GAHS members and volunteers will be welcoming the River Ramblers with free root beer floats at the Reed School on September 25. Folks can join the 16th annual River Ramble (sponsored by Sterling, Eureka and Laketown Historical Society) traveling the 30 mile ramble looping up the River Road and back on Hwy 87 between St Croix Falls and Grantsburg. The Grantsburg visit will be the farthest stop north for the Ramble and all are invited to stop in for a float and visit with the ramblers.

After the business meeting Terry Giles gave a moving presentation on the history of Gold Star Mothers, reciting by name 17 Grantsburg Area Gold Star Mothers and their sons lost in service to our country.

The evening concluded with guests enjoying a social time featuring refreshments and door prize drawings.


- Submitted by the GAHS