"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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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