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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The NEW CUTTER EXHIBIT will be shown in honor of long-time Afton resident Kenn Kopitzke.

Kenn Kopitzke’s favorite hobby was to purchase and restore antique winter sleighs or cutters. He spearheaded the Cutter Exhibit. Sadly he passed last month.
Included in our Cutter/Sleigh Exhibit will be the Restoration of a scale model of the Original 6-Horse Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch and Beer Wagon by Carol Gross.
Share the love of carriages and carriage driving and honor our friend Kenn.

"Chair-ish" the Afton Museum Auction 2016

Every September Afton hosts Art in the Park; a fun, outdoor, family event showcasing exceptional artists and local businesses.
Last year the museum held a Silent Auction of 10 Adirondack Chairs, sponsored by museum supporters and painted/decorated
by local artists. The event was such a success we're excited to announce "Chair-ish" the Afton Museum Auction 2016!!
So, for those of you aspiring or dedicated artists, get your creative juices flowing and start thinking Adirondack Chairs!
If you're not an artist but want to be a part of this event you can sponsor a chair for just $50.00.
(Even better... be a team, one of you sponsors the chair the other "beautifies" it.)
We want to give our artists plenty of time to do their thing so the plan is to get the chairs to their perspective artists before the end of April.
Proceeds go entirely to the Afton Historical Society Museum's operational fund.

If you're interested in being an artist or sponsor please feel free to email info@aftonhistoricalmuseum or call Pam at 651-436-3500

Please Help Preserve Afton's Treasures!

The Afton Historical Museum has completed the inventory project that was made possible though a Minnesota Legacy Grant. Now it will be embarking on an even bigger project! The many objects that have been cataloged are in dire need of preservation and storage. The museum and its historic objects are housed in what was originally a Congregational Church built in the 1860's. In order to keep objects from degrading, and turning into dust, The Afton Historical Museum is currently in the process of submitting a $150,000 grant application to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). If obtained, this will assist in upgrading the museums storage and display capabilities.For more information please see the recent articles in the Star Tribune and the Woodbury Bulletin:

In the upcoming year the museum needs your support to cover operating expenses. Museum expenses are covered purely from your donations.

To donate to the Afton Historical Society, please send a check made out to the Afton Historical Museum to:

3165 St. Croix Trail S., Afton MN 55001

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As a reminder, the Afton Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible! If you donate via PayPal, be sure to print out your donation receipt after the transaction is complete!

Interested in getting a membership with the Afton Historical Society? Membership dues serve as donations as well! Head over to the Membership Page to get started!

Iwo Jima Presentation by Jeffrey Williams

On February 19th at 6:30 at the Afton Historical Museum historian Jeffrey Williams presented the story of U.S. Marines who fought at Iwo Jima in February-March 1945. The 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, approximately 70,000 in number, fought against 22,000 Japanese defenders on the island. The Battle of Iwo Jima is known for its sacrifice as this is the only battle where U.S. losses were greater than the Japanese. Historian Jeffrey Williams presents the narrative of individual Marines who fought at this crucial battle.

Jeffrey S. Williams is a member of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force and author of Muskets and Memories: A Modern Man's Journey through the Civil War. He holds a B.A. in History from Concordia University-St. Paul and is finishing his M.A. in History from St. Cloud State University. Williams served in the U.S. Air Force including a tour of duty in Iraq from 2003-2004.