The Wabasha County Historical Society celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the Shed on Aug. 4. The equipment in the shed was re-organized and cleaned. Rodney Florin, Lynn Florin and other Florin family members donated signs with the information about 40 pieces of antique farm equipment. He brought about 20 family members from Colorado, Twin Cities, Winona and other areas together to explain how this equipment was used with horse power. It was inspiring to see the passion for history in the family. The Florin Family reaches back to Wabasha where the Florin Dairy was a prosperous business. The Florin Family also donated a DVD and player depicting the history of the Florin Dairy. The family also enjoyed visiting the 1870 School Building in Reads Landing and found other pieces that were donated by the Florin family.
Later that afternoon, Terry Helbig lead a discussion about Century Farming. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Howatt and Helen Howatt Moyer whose father, Lester Howatt donated the 1916 Model T Ford to the museum many years ago.
Lester Howatt is fondly remembered as obtaining many of the pieces of equipment that are in the museum shed. He also worked tirelessly at the museum. Also attending were Dave and Rita Cronin whose uncle, Sylvester Cronin donated the bobsled at the museum.
The next event at the Wabasha County Historical Society in Reads Landing is Aug. 25. It will be Homecoming/Open House at the Museum. There are several entertaining events scheduled. All will be welcome to this event.