In 2022 we will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Capper-Volstead Act which is still being used by cooperative organizations. The Granite Falls Historical Society manages this house museum which is owned by the City of Granite Falls. Last year, the house foundation was repaired with a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, further work on the porch and exterior will be completed this summer and a second grant is in process right now to get the architectural plans completed for this work.
The story of Andrew Volstead and his family needs to be updated. Most of the old interpretative panels from the 1970s have been removed to create a home atmosphere. House museums are changing with the modern era of video and digital information, new ways to engage the public are needed. Recently the Granite Falls Historical Society applied for and received a MHS grant that will create an interpretive plan for the Volstead House . Museology Museum Services, a consulting and exhibit planning organization, was hired and will start work in January to create a new interpretive plan for the Volstead House. The plan will include connecting places in the downtown where Andrew Volstead worked as mayor and lawyer. The historical society board of directors is excited to work with Museology on this project. We are also looking for new board members. This is an exciting time to join and help with the new project. Our board meetings are every second Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Volstead House Museum.
With the Fagen Fighter's WWII Museum, Yellow Medicine County Museum and other nearby historic sites, Granite Falls has an opportunity to bring visitors to town who are interested in history. The Minnesota Historical Society is looking to Granite Falls to celebrate these important anniversaries.