1 12, 2016

Vickie Wendel: 30 Years of Service and Stories

Join ACHS for a special celebration of Vickie Wendel’s 30-year relationship with ACHS and her new beginning as a volunteer.
Tuesday, December 20
Social Hour at 5 p.m.
Program at 6 p.m.
Shenanigans to follow until 8 p.m.

It’s not often – oh, who are we kidding? NEVER do you find a personality like Vickie Wendel! She practically hatched the modern Anoka County Historical Society as a volunteer, then began a 27-year career creating programs and

1 12, 2016

Getting It Done: Anoka County’s Answer to WWII–An Exhibit Opening

Join ACHS Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. to hang the last ornament on the “Around the County” Christmas tree, then stay to enjoy refreshments and stories in a gallery open house until 8 p.m.
The Anoka County Historical Society is set to open a new exhibit at the History Center to remember those of the greatest generation who served both overseas and on the homefront as part of a day-long series of events December

25 06, 2016

Farms to Flamingos Exhibit Opening July 9, 2016

Exhibit Opening for  Farms to Flamingos: Building a Mid-Century Modern County 
Peer into the life of a suburban home—complete with orange carpet, Tupperware, and turquoise rotary phone—while learning about the tract housing that expanded much of Anoka County. Play in the tractor tire sandbox and give a treat to Buster the dog in his little house, then imagine the neighborhood children running off to the school down the road. Here memories will float back to days spent

1 04, 2016

2015 Anoka County Historical Society Annual Report

The 2015 Anoka County Historical Society Annual Report is available to view and download.
Executive Director’s  Letter
My first unofficial, official appearance for the ACHS as Executive Director occurred at the Annual Meeting last year. Not quite on the payroll, yet hired for the position, I attended not knowing what to expect. I found a room full of curious, enthusiastic people happy to welcome me to an organization I have come to treasure dearly this past year.

To say the

29 09, 2015

Natalie Haas Steffen Recognized at ACHS Event

Natalie Haas Steffen has worked in the health and human services arena for more than 50 years. Becoming one of Anoka County's first two female County Commissioners in 1983, she has since served at the local and state level in numerous capacities. To celebrate this pioneer in local and state politics, the Anoka County Historical Society hosted a Recognition Dinner for Ms. Haas Steffen on September 17, 2015 at the Courtyards of Andover.
3 10, 2014

Historical Society Celebrates 90 Years of WCCO Radio

Andover, MN – 2 October 2014 – Over 300 guests were treated to an evening of laughter and memories as the Anoka County Historical Society helped WCCO News Radio celebrate 90 years of broadcasting. The event, held at the Courtyards of Andover on the evening of October 1, also served a fundraising event for the Historical Society.
12 06, 2014

What are Your WCCO Memories?

When I was a kid, in the 1980s, my mother would listen to WCCO radio in the mornings as I was getting ready for school. Each jingle and sounder for news stories was a signifier to me about how much time I had left before I had to go out the door. Some of it I didn’t make a lot of sense to me, even though I heard it every day. To this suburban

23 07, 2013

Farewell to Vi Smith

We just heard the sad news that longtime ACHS volunteer Violet Smith passed away. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
Vi regularly volunteered with ACHS at the Anoka County Fair, and with our children’s tea programs. She was always fun to talk to and loved to tell stories.
One of my favorite memories of Vi was when she was touring a house on the 2009 Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour. One of the