Historic Forestville

Primary Sources

Historic American Buildings Survey- Robert M. Foster House
Project files, including photographs, architectural drawings, project reports, microfiche, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers documenting historically significant districts, buildings, bridges, and other structures in Minnesota through the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) programs of the U.S. National Park Service. 
MNHS call number: 144.G.8.4F

Thomas J. Meighen and Family Papers, 1837-1985
Business, financial, political, and personal materials related to Thomas J. Meighen, a Fillmore County (Minn.) farmer, merchant, bank president, and populist politician, and to various members of the Meighen family. The collection includes business and personal correspondence, photographs, clippings, pamphlets and cards, political literature, diaries, a scrapbook, memorandum books, music books, and subject files. Financial and accounting records include bills and accounts, ledgers, daybooks, cashbooks, and other materials. There are some files related to the Meighen Store historic site.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Meighen, Thomas J.)

Minnesota Historical Society Institutional Archives
The archives of the Minnesota Historical Society contains historically valuable records from all of its administrative and program units. They reflect and document the history of the organization from its 1849 beginning as the first private corporation chartered by the territorial legislature.

Note: This collection is stored offsite and will require 7 day notice to request. 

Box 545: Forestville Arts & Crafts Festival, 1973-1978, Forestville State Park: Historical information, 1934- 1976.
MNHS call number: 308.B.11.4F

Box 546: FHA. Meighen Store Historic Site. Luther Thompson: Subject Matter Files: Publicity, incl. Newspaper Clippings, 1942-1984. Root River Players, 1981. Tours, 1972-1982.  Winona Co. Historical Society, 1984. Reports: Weekly Activities Report, 1975-1977. Annual Reports, 1975; 1983; 1985; 1986. Visitor Registers Oct., 1971-May, 1977, June, 1977-Oct., 1979, May 1980- Oct., 1985. 
MNHS call number: 308.B.11.5B

Box 816: FHA. Historic Sites Department. Meighen Store. Most of the files concern the Forestville Arts and Crafts Festival held each year at the Forestville State Park. 
MNHS call number: 308.D.6.5B

Minnesota. Division of Parks and Recreation
Files of Wayland Porter, 1975-1985

The staff meeting files include minutes, agendas, and supporting documents; while the subject files cover such diverse topics as archeological surveys, boundary expansions and deletions, budget, development, Forestville, group camps, leases on state lands. The files include correspondence, financial materials, memoranda, reports, news clippings, maps, and planning and legal documents.
MNHS call number: 131.H.14.4F

Minnesota Attorney General Case Files. 

​Condemnation cases regarding expansion of state lands for various public facilities: Forestville State Park, the Capitol area, Moorhead State College, Camp Ripley, and the state health building.
MNHS call number: 103.I.15.8F

A Management Plan for Forestville State Park, prepared by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 
St. Paul : The Department, 1978.
MNHS call number: F 612 .F47 F69 .M6

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