Lake City Historical Society

Original land survey system is topic of Historical Society program

Nov 9, 2022
The public is invited to attend the upcoming membership meeting of the Lake City Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at City Hall, 205 West Center Street. The Original Land Survey System is the topic of a program that will follow a short business meeting. Historical...

Bank donates plat books to historical society

Aug 24, 2022
Three Wabasha County plat books that have been in storage at Lake City Federal Bank for decades are now in the hands of the Lake City Historical Society. “I have been interested in plat books since learning how to read them in ag classes at Lincoln High School. Finding plat books at our bank in...

Samuelson documentary now free to watch on YouTube

Jul 13, 2022
The documentary film “Ralph Samuelson: The Father of Waterskiing” can now be viewed for free on the Lake City Historical Society YouTube channel, Based on the book “A Daredevil and Two Boards” the 33-minute film by Lake City filmmaker Ben...

Public invited to ‘meet the father of water skiing’ at documentary premiere

Jun 8, 2022
The new film, “Ralph Samuelson: The Father of Waterskiing,” will make its debut on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m., in the Lincoln High School Auditorium. Questions and conversation with filmmaker Ben Threinen will follow the film. Everyone – young and old, residents and visitors—is welcome to come and...

History Matters essay contest winners announced

Jun 1, 2022
The third annual History Matters essay contest winners were recently announced at Lincoln High School during a Tiger Pride event. With 2022 being the sesquicentennial year for Lake City, the essays focused on interesting and well documented aspects of local history. This year s winners and awards...

Kohrs shows ‘150’ with display of local businesses through the years

May 11, 2022
Eugene Kohrs created this display of Lake City businesses throughout the city’s history for the “Show Us Your 150” challenge. “Show Us Your 150” is a year long challenge with the grand prize of $150 being awarded at the final event in December of 2022. There will be five prizes given and there is...

Arrival of electricity is topic of May 24 historical society program

May 11, 2022
The public is invited to attend the upcoming Membership Meeting of the Lake City Historical Society on Tuesday evening, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at City Hall, 205 West Center Street. Bill Stiene will present a program titled “From Gas Lamps to Electric Lights—How Electricity Came to Lake...

150 bits of lake glass become sailing scene in ‘Show Us Your 150’ entry

May 4, 2022
Leanne Sikkink of Lake City created a lake scene from 150 bits of glass collected on the shore of Lake Pepin for her “Show Us Your 150” entry. “Even the leaves on the tree are green glass. Driftwood and pieces in the bottom right corner were unusual finds. One had a cross, one shaped like a heart,...

Students bring local history to life

Apr 27, 2022
An estimated 200 people attended the Living History Wax Museum event put on by St. John’s Lutheran School and Roots to Wings Learning Center on April 22. The event is an annual tradition at the school, but since Lake City is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, this year’s wax museum...

Jewelry store shows its ‘150’ with wave of mother of pearl buttons

Apr 6, 2022
Swan Jewelers of Lake City submitted this entry in the “Show Us Your 150” challenge. It’s a double wave created from 150 mother of pearl buttons. “These buttons are cut from the shells of mussels that reside in the Mississippi River. They could have been crafted in one of the two button factories...


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