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  • August 2014

    Prairie Town Musical - August 7, 8, & 9 at 7:30 PM

    at the Jon Hassler Theater

    Tickets are $12 and are available at Foresight Bank, and through the Plainview Community Theater website.

    The title of this year’s musical is “Chautauqua Fever” with the challenge of the citizens of Prairie town to bring a Chautauqua to town. It doesn’t matter that they can’t spell it or even know what a Chautauqua is, but eh bottom line is that it’s something new to put a “punch” into the activities of the cultural deprived community. And as usual in Prairie Town, things don’t always go as planned, but in the end, somehow the people come through to pull of another successful celebration.

    This is the 13th year for the performances with a cast of 17. Written and composed by Ron Manzow, local historian, and directed by the talented Kellie Becker, the musical promises to be one of the best!

    Saturday August 16 - A Watkins Collectors Club Reunion

    This event is for all former members of the Watkins Collectors Club with an invitation to spend the day and enjoy the recent updates at the Watkins House due to the recent donation from collectors Dan and Joan Erickson. Over 2,000 Watkins related items are now on display! It’s a chance for former members to catch up and see all the exciting items on display!.

    Saturday August 23 - J.R. Watkins Birthday Celebration

    In honor of J.R. Watkins’ 174th birthday, the Watkins House will be holding a birthday celebration complete with cake and lemonade. You don’t need to bring a card or gift, just come and enjoy conversation and treats and have the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something no one else is doing! Celebrating a 174th birthday!

  • December 2014

    Saturday December 6, 1-8:30 PM. Plainview’s Olde Fashioned Christmas

    The History Center will be decked out in Christmas splendor for an afternoon and evening of Christmas. The evening starting at 6:30 will be Christmas caroling with the Center’s 1929 antique reed church organ used to accompany the singing, complete with hand cranking! Cider and cookies will be available in the basement. Come and dress up for the occasion!

  • Winter Closing

    The Plainview Area History Center will be closed during the months of January and February.
    The J.R. Watkins House will be closed January through April.

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    • Hours

      • Open - Saturdays, 1-4 PM
      • Other by Appointment
      • Closed on Holiday Weekends
      • The History Center is closed January and February
      • The Watkins House is closed January through April
    • Contact Information

      • Correspondence:
      • 40 4th St SW
      • Plainview, MN 55964
      • Phone:
      • (507) 534-4173 (Center)
      • (507) 534-2670 (Ron Manzow)
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