Lyon County Historical Society

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The Lyon County Historical Society showcases the history of the entire county, from its land grant beginning to today.

The Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) is a non-profit, member supported organization located in downtown Marshall, MN.  LCHS operates the Lyon County Museum located at 301 West Lyon Street.  

The stories of Lyon County, the artifacts, photographs, and the exhibits at the museum are the responsibility of all of us.  The Lyon County Historical Society is asking for help to preserve the stories of Lyon County and to share them with visitors who come to our county museum.  Your generosity allows us to fulfill our Mission Statement:

The purpose of the society shall be the collection, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Lyon County and to relate it to the history of the region and the state of Minnesota.

The Lyon County Historical Society moved to the former Marshall-Lyon County Library building in August 2012.  LCHS renovated and established new exhibits on the 1st floor and the lower level of the building.  Current exhibits include: Where We Shopped and What We Wore: Retail in Lyon County, 1870-1965, The 1892 Lyon County Courthouse, Heritage Room, Schwan's Ice Cream Counter, and Life on the Prairie.

LCHS is currently finishing the 2nd floor exhibit gallery, "Making Lyon County Home".   The exhibit gallery will contain contemporary, fully immersive exhibits from 1945 to present day.  It will be a space that will enhance the senses, exhibit everyday moments, and explore the extraordinary growth of Lyon County.  In 2018, LCHS received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $265,585 for the fabrication and installation of the gallery.  The total cost of the “Making Lyon County Home” project is just over $400,000 and a local match of over $144,000 was secured by LCHS. The exhibit contractor is Museology Museum Services.  The exhibit gallery is scheduled to be finished and open in 2020. 

Your donation full supports exhibits, preservation, and programs at the Lyon County Museum.  Please consider donating to the Lyon County Historical Society.  Thank you for your support! 


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Lyon County Historical Society

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301 West Lyon Street


(507) 537-6580

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