The Mazeppa Area Historical Society would like to invite you, to join them in creating a place to share our memories, photos, and memorabilia of the past, present and future to be enjoyed and preserved by the Mazeppa Community and its visitors to the area.
The Mazeppa Area Historical Society was founded in the fall of 2010, obtaining 501c-3, non-profit status. All donations are tax-deductible.
An early goal of the MAHS was to obtain a building for displaying and sharing photos and artifacts that can be enjoyed by the Mazeppa Community and its visitors. The Mazeppa Area Historical Society is proud to announce our recent purchase of the old People’s State Bank.
The mission of the Historical Society is to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge about the city and surrounding area of Mazeppa. Our new building will also have a research center for genealogy searches, with who’s who of past citizens, businesses, farms, births, deaths etc.
2016 Soup and Chili Luncheon
- A list of our 2016 Raffle Winners -
1) Quilt - made by Virginia Delva Ryan Liffrig 2) $50 cash Mahn Funeral Home - Mark Arendt 3) 10 #'s Hamburger - Bev Poncelet - Jeanette Strauss 4) Free Massage - Rhonda's Hair Care - $48 - Eric Arendt 5) 1 - Gel-nail coating - Rhonda's hair care - Tiffany Arendt 6) $20 Gift Cert. - Neptune Mindi Arendt 7) $20 Gift Cert. - Neptune Joan Sand 8) Sweatshirt - Moto-Proz Tara Costa 9) 1 - Friday Night Fish Fry - WD’s Bar and Grill - Diane Gilsdorf 10) ) 1 - Friday Night Fish Fry - WD's Bar and Grill - Ernie Arendt 11) - $10 Gift cert. - Mazeppa Municipal Liquor Store - Ruth Siems 12) - $10 Gift cert. - Mazeppa Municipal Liquor Store - Carol Hofschulte 13) - $10 Gift cert. - Mazeppa Municipal Liquor Store - Sheila Frank 14) - $10 Gift cert. - Mazeppa Municipal Liquor Store - Bill Marx 15) - $10 Gift cert. - Mazeppa Municipal Liquor Store - Kurt VanDeWalker 16) - $10 Gift cert. - Charlie's Eatery & Pub Tara Costa 17) - $10 Gift cert. - Charlie's Eatery & Pub Steve Frank 18) - $10 Gift cert. - Charlie's Eatery & Pub Kathy Arendt 19) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Jerry Siems 20) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Don Stahman 21) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Cassie Strain 22) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Tiffany Nugent 23) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Cecelia Siems 24) - $5 - Gift cert. - Leo's Sports Bar Diane Gilsdorf
Rochester Power Dam
Information on the construction of the Power Dam, and hence Lake Zumbro, was taken from the 1915 and 1916 Rochester Daily Bulletin. The following is a summary of the information: Reports on the development of a dam were heard by a committee in 1915. The committee was impressed and brought the matter of the city securing and developing this water power to the Rochester City Council. The council unanimously passed the necessary resolution calling for an election for the purpose of voting on a bond issue of $360 ,000 to secure the necessary land and flowage and erect and equip a modem water power plant that would generate electricity for the city. In 1916 an election took place and the bond issue carried by a wide margin. The construction of the dam was started in 1916. It was estimated that it would take two years to complete by because of WWI, it was not completed until 1919. The dam is a reinforced concrete, bulk-head type, build approximately 55 feet above the ordinary water level. It was to have an ini tial installation of two J ,000 horse power units and a third 1,000 horse power unit was to be installed at a later date. The dam was to create a lake 1 ,037 acres in area which would extend a distance of more than six miles up stream from the dam. The power dam was expected to produce approximately 6,000,000 kilowatt hours annually. Materials and equipment to build and operate the dam were transported by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad to the station of Bright, which was located three and one-half miles southeast of Mazeppa. From there all materials were hauled by wagon train to the dam site.
6th Annual Autumn Supper
A message from the MAHS Pesident, Helen Reiland : 9/12/2016
The Mazeppa Historical Society & the Mazeppa Cemetery Association want to send out a big "Thank You" for those who attended & worked our Autumn Supper- a great turn out! It helps as neither of the organizations have any help from the city, county or state ---& the public cemetery is NOT connected with any church so no funds there! We need to preserve our history before it is LOST! And for those who missed it----you missed a Great Meal! Lots of compliments on our secret recipe!
Again this year about 20 ZM students gathered at the Mazeppa Cemetery on May 11 for Community Service Day. Students, along with the direction of staff, assisted in general clean-up of the grounds and washing down of cemetery monuments. Extra muscle was needed to help straighten a very large monument and 3 young ladies from the track team stepped forward and got the job done by lifting, pushing, and carrying heavy pails of crushed rock. Extra thanks go to them. The Mazeppa Area Historical Society and the Mazeppa Cemetery Association very much appreciate the program and enthusiasm displayed by the students and staff. Again, this group of ZM students really made a difference. - Helen Reiland and Mike Holtorf
The Museum We are open every Saturday 12pm-3pm starting Memorial Day - Labor Day. We are also open at any time by appointment. For information or an appointment please call : Helen Reiland 507-250-6021 Jim Siems- 507-696-3506 Diane Gilsdorf - 507-843-4013 Thanks for your Support!