Two Girls Horse and Sleigh Women on Lighthouse Point Logging Canoe at Point July 4 Parade '17 Coast Guard Boat Native Americans
Friday 1-4 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Bringing Cook County History to Life Since 1924


Summer Hours start june 2, tuesday - saturday 11am -4pm

THANK YOU all who made the Bally blacksmith Small talk a success!!

You can view some of our videos here.


“MUSIC from the Tip o’ the Arrowhead” 
Opening Saturday - May 23 - 1-4 p.m.

Friday 1-4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

From the Town Hall polkas, through the bars and clubs, jazz, rock & country bands, church choral groups and so many others, we have gained a rich history of music over the years.

Here's how you can help make history...
1) Bring in your music memorabilia, your CD cover art (or record album, 45s!) anything that you think is a part of our local music history - this exhibit is a work in progress with HISTORY MADE DAILY - today's concert is tomorrow's history!

2) CONSIDER a donation of MATCHING FUNDS. A generous donor contribuated $5,000 to the project, and we are seeking to match it. Click here to make a donation online at (click for link)


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Johnny Nelson, Joe Wischop, Emil Eliasen, Ben Seglem, and Floyd Moses, 1920s
Johnny Nelson, Joe Wischop, Emil Eliasen, Ben Seglem, and Floyd Moses



Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play

  • Dog sleds built by Hovland trapper Mike West 
  • Trapping artifacts
  • Snowshoes built by John Beargrease and the history of this legendary mail-carrier
  • Dog sled racing memorabilia
  • Learn how Devil Track got its name
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