ST. CLOUD – Have you ever wondered what life was like in Stearns County during WWII? You can check it out at the Stearns History Museum this weekend.
The museum presents the second half of its living history series which began in June. While the “At War” event focused on life on the front lines during WWII, “At Home” focuses on life in Stearns County in the 1940s.
Program Commissioner Caitlin carlson said it was refreshing to change perspective.
The home front must be at the center of concerns just as much as the military part, because as important as the military part is, World War II is something that was on everyone’s mind. Part of it was sort of propaganda in your face the whole time, but it really brought the country together and everyone felt like they were doing something, even the kids.
The living history event includes vehicles, camping, live music, a fashion show and historical reenactments, as well as activities for children and adults that include a scavenger hunt and ration game .
It also coincides with the opening of the new exhibition “33rd and Cooper”, which the curator of the collections Eric Cheever Said is in some ways an expansion of the Pan exhibit because it digs into the other companies that operated there.
The connection to WWII is that during the war they built C-46 planes there which were the largest twin-engine transport I believe in the world at the time, certainly in the American inventory at the time. .
After being home to the Pan Motor Company, the site has seen a variety of businesses pass including The Hilger Company, Char-Gale Manufacturing Company, Schoener Garden Tool Company, Franklin Transformer Company, and most recently Electrolux.
The event runs until 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 5 for children, and free for museum members.