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Dassel Area Historical Society Museum

901 1st St N, PO Box D, Dassel, MN 55325
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Dassel
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Universal Laboratories building is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the home of the Dassel Area Historical Society. From 1937 to the mid 1970s, Universal Laboratories provided raw ergot from the grain fields of the western US and Canada to pharmaceutical companies. Critical drugs were produced from the ergot, saving countless military and civilian lives. Exhibits present the story of ergot and the local area.
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East Kingston, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Not only does this building serve as the historical society but, this is an ergot museum. Ergot has a long history of death and healing and this building was the headquarters for sorting the fungi from the grain for the pharmaceutical industry. There is a still sorting machinery to view. The building underwent an enormous renovation spanning nearly an entire... More

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Dassel, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Such talent by local artists. It was impressive. The art submitted was very professional. Photo art, watercolors, oils and a lovely hand made chest.

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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Very professionally organized, with obviously great volunteer backing. Interesting and informative exhibits. The community takes pride in it's history, and it shows.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Fascinating story that from the early 20th century, the dicovery of of the alkaloids in a natural fungus of small grains, called ergot, would lead to the relief of migraine and control of blood pressure. (Now produced chemically). Can't remember whether I paid or not - mainly because I didn't care one way or the other. I did however leave... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

I enjoyed the play last done at the museum. For a small town they have great talent and do a great job of supporting this museum and keeping it new and fresh. Small hometown atmosphere and Dessert before performance an added benefit

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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

Stopped on our way through town and found the museum to be a pleasant surprise. Lots of things to see. A big Finnish community so lots of culture here.

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