The Chetek Area Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

To thank the community for its continued support, the museum board members and volunteers will host an open house and serve free popcorn and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Chetek residents and visitors are all welcome to attend.

The museum will also be open from noon to 3 p.m. that day, and admission is always free. The exhibits are organized in six display rooms: Native American & Early Settlers, Lumber Industry & Farming, Resorts & Tourism, Local Business & Industry, Local Military and Chetek Heritage & Local Heroes. Many items, including the pump organ and record player, can be operated. 

Founded by local historian Hazel Calhoun, the museum was originally housed in the Calhoun Memorial Library. After outgrowing the library, the museum moved to the Chetek Senior Center and, later in the 1990s, to a rented space on Knapp Street.  Thanks to a generous gift in 2013 from the estate of Nevin Taylor, the museum found a permanent home in downtown Chetek.

Operated by the Chetek Area Historical Society, the museum is a membership-supported, nonprofit organization that collects, preserves and interprets the history of Chetek’s cultural heritage. The museum bridges Chetek’s past with its present and welcomes more than 1,000 visitors each year.

The Chetek Area Museum is located at 728 Second St.

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