Event is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

On Sunday, July 28, the Polk County Historical Society will celebrate its 80th birthday and honor Alice Dale with an ice cream social at the museum. Cake and ice cream will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. “All citizens of Polk County are encouraged to join us that day in honoring Alice for all she has done and continues to for the museum and the Society," said PCHS President Jerry Amiot.

    Dale, who served as museum director for many years, will be bestowed with the title of  "Museum Director Emerita." Dale has been involved with the PCHS for more 30 years and has been a member of the board since 1993, a position she still holds. She served as secretary of the board from 1998 until 2010.

    On May 20, 1933, the PCHS was organized in Crookston with 16 charter members. Conrad Selvig was president, Mrs. William Watts was vice president and John Saugstad was secretary-treasurer. Fast forward 80 years. The PCHS has lived up to its mission statement “to collect, promote and communicate the history of Polk County.”

    The complex includes the museum, log cabin, centennial outbuildings with tools from daily life, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse and Hafslo Church.