Scenes from Lowell: Lowell Area Historical Museum Summer Fest Edition

On Friday, August 16 the Lowell Area Historical Museum hosted it’s 5th annual Summer Fest event.  The event was first created as a way to raise funds and showcase the museum at the same time.  This morphed into including local food and beverages to be provided while those who support the museum spend an evening on the grounds.  “The annual fundraiser is a great event that brings the community together and helps to support our programs. Our food and drink vendors and financial sponsors all help to make this a fun evening. Our board and group of volunteers put a lot into making the event special.” says the Lowell Area Historical Museum’s Executive Director, Lisa Plank.  Approximately 125 people were in attendance last Friday, which is higher than the previous year.

Another successful evening is in the books with guests gathered to catch up, talk about the beautiful evening, and perhaps discuss some of Lowell’s history.  Former Lowell Mayor, Jim Hodges and his wife were in attendance as repeat supporters of the event.  ” We support the Museum for many reasons. A great director, volunteers and staff as well as how well they have displayed and told our community’s story.” He says of the importance of the mission of the Lowell Area Historical Museum.

The museum was open so visitors could explore the various displays which preserve and tell of Lowell’s rich history.

Food was provided by local business which included Miss P’s Catering, Heidi’s Farmstand, Big Boiler Brewing, Larkins, New Union Brewery, Painted Turtle Hard Cider, and more.


Guests who gathered outside were entertained by the Easy Idle String Band.  The group has provided musical entertainment for the past few years at the event.  “We can tell people are having a good time just by their reactions.” said band member Dave Simmonds.  While not a typical concert setting with an audience focused on the band, their music still sets a tone for the evening.

Funds raised each year via the Summer Fest event go toward the museum’s yearly programming which includes public speakers.  Preservation of the the museum’s collection, exhibits, and school programming are also areas where money collected through donations, membership, and fundraising events is used.  The Lowell Area Historical Museum also raises funds through operating a booth during the weekly concert series along the Riverwalk, having an apple dumpling booth at the Fallasburg Fall Festival, and through a fund drive and membership campaign.

“The Lowell Area Historical Museum is a wonderful resource to our community. We strive to preserve and present our area’s past in a number of ways to a wide audience.” remarks Plank.  The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 1pm-4pm and is located at 325 W. Main St. in downtown Lowell.

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