Rural Minnesota Community Offers a Wealth of Cultural and Recreational Opportunities


Marilyn Jones 

In a 1916 foursquare prairie house and two outbuildings, Stephen, Minnesota, showcases its past.

“The collection doesn’t reflect a certain time, but rather the town’s history,” says Jane Smidt, president of Old Home Town Museum’s Board of Directors.

The farming community, located 40 miles south of Canada and 10 miles east of North Dakota, was established in 1883. I am impressed with the museum complex. I am also impressed that this community of just 650 would have a museum — and an airport, 9-hole golf course, curling club, public swimming pool, campground, and arts center — but it does.


Showing me around the house we first pass through the kitchen where beautiful depression glass, antique kitchen tools, and a vintage flour and sugar canister are displayed. Our tour continues in the dining room with its elaborately set table and up the staircase to the second floor.

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