Share Your Family Story With Us!

Share Your Family Story With Us!

The Afton Museum would like to include letters and photographs from your family story in our new Early Family History Exhibit that will open this spring. The items you submit will then become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Why did your ancestors settle in Afton? When did they arrive and what country did they come from? What was daily life like for them in those early years? Did they encounter hardships along the way? If your ancestors were Native American and living in the St. Croix Valley, can you tell us their story?

Please mail, email, or drop off your short story (one or two pages) and copies of photos and/or letters (if you have them, but not necessary) by Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019.

We will announce the grand opening of the exhibit soon. We look forward to hearing from you!


The Afton Historical Museum’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new benefit for our members: unlimited use of Ancestry research software at no charge.

Are you interested in discovering your family history? Ancestry is the world’s leading resource for genealogy, providing online access to census data, birth and death certificates, immigration and military records, and much more. This software tool along with our newly reorganized Family and Institutional files can assist in your research. Our Ancestry account is available only at the museum and we can’t wait to help you get started!

We sincerely appreciate your continued support and hope you will find this new benefit valuable. If you are interested in learning more about Ancestry and the museum’s collections, or becoming a museum member please contact Vickie Winge at 651-436-3500 or email

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February 2019 newsletter and original story are available.
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Original Stories by local authors can be read under the Story link.
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Help us open our doors on the week-end and support our work throughout the year!

Please consider supporting the Afton Historical Museum with a gift. Our goal is to open our doors one additional day per week and to raise funds to operate throughout the year.

To achieve these goals, we hope to raise $8,000 by January 31.

For a long time, the Afton Historical Museum has been open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 6 pm. We have heard from many people that they would like to visit the Museum, but find it a challenge to make it during the week. Our goal for 2019 is to add a week-end day from Memorial Day through Labor Day to better accommodate our visitors’ schedules and share our collections with many more people.

Operating support covers the Museum’s overhead expenses (utilities, supplies, etc.), pays for part-time staff on days the Museum is open, and helps us with our historical and holiday exhibits. Your contribution helps us meet these critical needs. With your support, we will also be able increase the hours that we are open to the public.

Would you donate $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal? A donation in any amount is welcome!

Being a place for Afton residents to treasure our shared history and to share it with visitors is the reason we exist. We hope you feel that the Afton Historical Museum is your museum. Thank you for your consideration of support!

Here’s how you can make your tax-deductible donation:
1. You can make an online donation through our PayPal account:
2. You can write a check to Afton Historical Museum at PO Box 178, Afton, MN 55001.
3. You can drop off a donation in person during Museum hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
4. You can make a donation by appointment. Call the Museum at 651-436-3500 or Laurel Ross, Treasurer, at 612-720-4052.

Again, thank you so much. Please donate today!

Give To The Max November 1-15th!

Minnesota is one of the most generous states in the nation. That’s why GiveMN works to connect generous donors like you with nonprofits and schools working to make our state a better place to live.
Please help us to continue our mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Afton with you. Go to, and donate today!

Donate anytime now through Nov. 15. Every gift counts! Scheduled gifts will be transacted at the time the gift is made.
The Afton Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Afton Art in the Park!

Afton Art in the Park is this weekend: Sept 22 & 23! The museum volunteers will be at the wine & beer tent working hard for our local museum. All profits support the Afton Museum! Cheers to a wonderful weekend.

"Afton's Past is in Your Future"

The Afton Museum had its Exhibit Opening Thursday May 31st showcasing historic maps and plats, and the story of Afton’s founding. The highlight of the night was a restored hand drawn on fabric, original plat map of Afton that was created between 1848-1855. This fascinating exhibit will be open from now until early October.

A huge thank you to all of our incredible donors, members and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

Coming this Summer! 160+ years of Afton's development through plat maps

The Afton museum is excited to announce this summer’s exhibit, showcasing 160+ years of Afton’s development through decades of historic plat maps. Featured will be a recently discovered 1850s hand-drawn on fabric, pre-settlement Afton map.

This remarkable map underwent extensive restoration at Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, paid by Minnesota Legacy grant. See early roads, frontier town features and important land use decisions, such as designating a public square, that have impacted residents and visitors since the map was drafted. Following a template established in eastern frontier towns, Afton streets were arranged in a grid pattern; first through eleventh avenue ran east-west, while named streets; Water, Front, Washington, Main and High ran north-south. The map even predates the village’s eventual name of Afton. This exhibit will be open to the public on May 27th in time for the Memorial Holiday and will run through late fall.”