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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.”

Annual Afton Museum Dinner 2016

Please join us at the Annual Afton Historical Museum Dinner! Catered by the Lumberyard Pub
Location: Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Date: October 7th
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $26 per person

Caesar Salad
Champagne Chicken or Roast Beef
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans
Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Evening will include a surprise contest with door prize! Be sure to sharpen up your history skills.
Also, a short annual report will be presented.
Seating at the door is very limited so please make your payment before Oct 1st in order to secure your reservation.

Click here to reserve your seat online!


Reserve by check to our mailing address:
Afton Historical Museum
PO Box 178
3165 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, MN 55001

Afton's Art in the Park 2016

September 24th & 25th
The 38th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!
Wine and Beer Garden
Adirondack Chair Auction
Proceeds benefit the Afton Historical Museum

Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Afton Museum and Holler Productions are excited to co-host a discussion with Afton resident Robin McDowell, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM at the museum.
Robin has been a journalist with the Associated Press for 20 years mostly in Southeast Asia. Her award winning "Seafood from Slaves" series written and reported with three colleagues, resulted in the freeing of more than 2,000 fishing slaves in Indonesia. It also led to dozens of arrests, the seizure of assets worth millions of dollars, and changes in U.S. federal legislation.
During her time in this region, Robin’s work focused on important human rights and social injustice issues. She was Bureau Chief in Indonesia, reporting on everything from tsunamis to terrorist attacks. Her reports from Cambodia and Myanmar highlighted the difficulties young democracies face after emerging from military rule, civil strife and horrific rights abuses. She started a newspaper in Cambodia and has also worked in Thailand and Burma.
Seating for the presentation is limited and offered ‘first come, first served’ with regrets when filled. There will be a $10.00 per person fee at the door for the event. The discussion will continue at the Lumberyard Pub afterwards (approximately 8:00 pm) and all are welcome. It will also be videotaped and available on Valley Access TV at a later date.
Holler Productions is an Afton experiment providing interesting conversations around people with a story, and plans to provide video content for Valley Access Cable and on YouTube.
Contact us at or by calling 651-436-3500.

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