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Murray County Museum and Historical Society

Fulda Heritage Society

Prairieland Genealogical Society

End-O-Line Railroad Park


Murray County Museum and Historical Society
2480 29th Street, Slayton, MN 56172
507-836-6533
musem@co.murray.mn.us
Director: Caryl Busman

The Murray County Historical Society was organized 24 February 1934 at a meeting held at the Court House. For over half a century, the society has provided an invaluable service in the preservation of the heritage of Murray County. The society meets the first Monday of the month at the museum. The annual meeting held in October. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in Murray County history. Membership entitles you to free queries, surname listings, and the right to vote at meeting, thus helping to make decisions affecting the Society.

The Biggest Little Museum in Southwest Minnesota
The Museum is a joint venture with the Murray County Historical Society, County government and the residents of Murray County. Starting from only a few items, which were displayed in the School Activities building on the fairgrounds in 1952, the museum's collection has grown to over 12,000 artifacts. It has been located in its present site, south of the county courthouse, since 1972, when it was dedicated by astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton, a distant relative of Charles W. Slayton, for whom the city of Slayton was named. Throughout the year the museum is host to a variety of activities. The grand finale for the year is a Parade of Trees, held the first week of December.

Check out the Murray County Research page for a listing of resources located at the Murray County Historical Museum.


Fulda Heritage Society
Box 303, Fulda, MN 56131
President: Howard Anderson

After the rail lines through Fulda were abandoned in 1979, the Fulda Heritage Society was formed to address the preservation of the distinctive two-story combination depot located there. The city and the heritage society are continuing to work together to sponsor and carry out restoration activities.


End-O-Line Railroad Park
Currie, MN 56123
Liaison: Mrs. Ray Ruppert

In Currie, the Poco-a-Poca 4-H Club spearheaded an effort to clean up and preserve the manual turntable in 1972. Later, as a Bicentennial community effort, the project was taken a step further with the development of the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum, in conjunction with Murray County. In addition to the turntable, the Currie Depot and other railroad artifacts have been included on the site.


Prairieland Genealogical Society
History Center
Room 141-Social Science Building
Southwest State University
Marshall, MN 56258
E-mail Contact:cjmolitor@frontiernet.net

The Society is formed exclusively for the purpose of the collection, preservation and dissemination of genealogical material and to prevent the thoughtless destruction of private and public documents, to provide service to those engaged in family research, to organize workshops in the filed of genealogy and family history, and to foster support and promote genealogical interest and understanding about the southwestern areas of the State of Minnesota.

Regular meetings of the Society are held monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m., at the Historical Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

The membership fee is $20.00 and goes from September until August of the following year. You will receive the Prairieland Pioneer publication with your membership. If you wish a membership card, please enclose a SASE. Back issues of the Prairieland Pioneer are $5.00 which includes handling and postage.

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