Dassel-Cokato Community Guide 2018 - Page 49

Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio Located across from Peterson Park Park, , the Cokato Museum houses much of the city’s heritage heritage. . As A s a cooperative effort between the City of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society, the museum chronicles hronicles Cokato’s ri rich history dating back to its early settlers. Located on the corner of Fourth Street and Millard Avenue, the museum features a va variety riety of permanent exhibits, , along with featured exhibits exhibits exhibit s throughout the year. Past ast exhibits have included “This Won’t Hurt One bit: A Look at Past Medical Practices,” “ “Trains Trains That Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O.Winston Link,” and “Pedal Power!” Artifacts rtifacts from some of its most signifi cant historical landmarks, such as the post offi ce, bank, pharmacy, and dentist’s offi ce, are among the permanent displays. The museum staff have expanded on several exhi exhibits bits in the galler gallery y in recent year years. s. The most recent update was to the display highlighting Cokato’s long history of the canning factories, an industry important to the th success of the e local economy. Video display monitors have also been th added to enhance some of the permanent galleries. The exterior also als o received a new look with the addition of fi ve 9 9-f -f t-by-7-foot -foo foot panels featuring rotating photos from the m mu u seum’s collection. Submitted photo “Pedal Power!” was the 2017 summer exhibit at the Cokato Museum, featuring several bikes, trikes, and similar modes of transportation used throughout the decades, as well as photos and text that show how local residents used them for sport, recreation, and basic transportation. Along with the temporary and permanent exhibits at the museum, the Cokato Historical Society also hosts an annual New Year’s open house with tin melting, a Finnish custom used to “predict” what will happen in the coming year. In addition, the museum hosts an annual open house acknowledging the birthday of the Village of Cokato, along with programs/presentations. programs/presentations Over the last two years, the museum hosted three different Escape Rooms, converting its gallery into a challenging puzzle-maze based base d on local history histor y them themes. . It is the fi rst museum in the state to try this. Listed on National Register of Historic Places, Places the Gust Akerlund Studio photography studio was built in 1905, and is another place that tells the story of Cokato’s rich history. The studio, which is located just east of the museum on Broadway Avenue, is open for viewing and features original cameras, equipment, and furnishings used by the early 20th century photographer. Museum hou hours rs are Tuesday Tu ay through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 4: 30 p.m. p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed osed major holidays. holi days. Group tours ar are e available by appointment. appointment . Che Check out the Cokato Mus Museum’s eum’s w ebsite, www.cokatomuseum www.cokato useum. org f for or mor e de details, tails, or call (320) 286-24 286-2427. 27. There is no admission fee. Offi cial Guide to Dassel-Cokato 2018-19 49