Description of Collections
The Dunn County Museum contains various artifacts that include, but are not limited to: Western Items, Farm Machinery, Antique Vehicles, Tools, Native American, Religious, Military, Children's Toys, Household Items, Clothing, Photographs, Appliances, Cameras, Books and Furniture from the last 150 years. These items portray the history of Dunn County, ND. Oral Histories of current and former Dunn County residents are also currently being compiled.
Description of Museum Buildings
Thanks to the very generous endowments given to the Dunn County Historical Society by Les and Dorotha Pelton, Dunn County Museum was able to be built in 1986 and now includes more than 20,000 square feet of display space, making it possible to house a vast array of historical items. We've created many individual display rooms, including an old-time school, church, post office, bank, barber shop, kitchen, living room, and bedroom. A handsome Knife River flint exhibit provides much information on the history of flint extraction and tool-making techniques.
Dunn County Museum maintains the largest collection of Leo Harris black & white photos in existence. Harris, a popular candidate for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, was a Dunn County native. Many of the images have recently been digitized and will soon be available for viewing on a public access computer at the museum. Spend an afternoon viewing the historic images he captured during the 1930s and '40s. Over 50 prints are currently on display at the Dunn County Museum's special eexhibit at the High Plains Clutural Center in Killdeer.
Our spacious "Western Room" is filled with old saddles, horse drawn buggies, a forge, a chuck wagon, and other cowboy memorabilia. This room also showcases many built-to-scale replicas of Dunn County historical sites. As well, we have a large building filled with antique farm and fire fighting equipment, and agricultural machinery.
Please see the "About us" page
for further info on exhibits.
Can You Help Us?
Below are pictures of artifacts we just don't recognize.
If you know what any of these objects are, please call or email us.
(3) Now ID'd (4) Now ID'd
(5) Now ID'd (6)
(7) Now ID'd
(9) Now ID'd
(10) Now ID'd
The following items were identified:
#3 - Tool for making buggy spokes
#7 - Air pump for a gas lamp
#10 - Grain scoop
Thanks to Wayne Granfor for identification and Ruth Granfor for passing along the info to us!
The following items were identified by Bennie Benz and info passed
along to us by his daughter, Joyce Decker - Thank you both!!
#4 and #9 were riveting tools used to repair horse harnesses.
# 5 was used by his family to fish floating objects out of a well.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN SOLVE THE REMAINING MYSTERIES!