Catch the Roarin' 1920s exhibit in Slayton

The Murray County Museum is opening a new exhibit “The 1920s: Murray County in a Decade of Change” with an Open House on Friday September 11th Noon to 4 PM and Saturday, September 12th from 12-4 PM. Door prizes and party favors will be given out those days.

There is a photo booth set up with 1920s era masks and props to have your photo taken. You can learn to dance the Charleston with hands-free dance steps. Call ahead for a reservation so the staff can make sure they limit the number of people in the museum and distance safely. Regular hours for the museum are 10-5 PM Tuesday through Friday by appointment. The exhibit will be up at the museum through the summer of 2022, so there is plenty of time to see it. Plan to spend an hour at minimum to see everything.

This exhibit was funded in part by a legacy grant through the Minnesota Historical Society through the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds provided by the Legacy Amendment by the people of Minnesota in 2008.

The 1920s ushered in many changes in the nation, state, and Murray County. Women gained the right to vote and were flexing new political muscle. Farmers began to struggle financially, a trend that would continue through the Great Depression. A new mode of transportation in the automobile was becoming more common, creating the need for better roads and new businesses to serve them. The “flivver” changed popular culture giving young people a means to gather more frequently and farther from home. Styles were changing as women’s dresses shortened along with their haircuts.

Electrification in towns created markets for new and more efficient household appliances. On the farms, electricity had to come from generators and were limited in use causing a town vs country divide for homemakers and farmers. Radios played the latest music, farm reports, and baseball games bringing the nation together around the Zenith.

The era of Prohibition created innovative ways to make clandestine money and a need for new policing of the law. The KKK re-imagined itself as a new militia with a mission to rid the area of Catholics, Jews, and bootleggers.

All of this was happening at a time when immigration was bringing new people with different beliefs and cultures, and old traditions were falling away in the face of new technologies. All of this is reflected in the exhibit with many local examples and artifacts. The staff and historical society board are excited to present this 1920s exhibit. Please take time to see it for yourself.

For an appointment, call 507-836-6533 or e-mail

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