Getting down to "brass tacks" the museum could
be dated back to about 1978. I really can't remember the exact date
I first started to gather history and collect items from Granada but
it was around 1976 to 1978. A "museum" of sorts first opened in
1983. The Granada Family Fest celebration and parade began that
year. This gave me a reason to display Granada memorabilia and it
was located at the south entrance of the Granada-Huntley High
School. Subsequent displays were at the GHHS (now GHEC) Cafeteria,
Granada American Legion and at the Granada City Hall.
I use 1983 as the museum beginning since that
is when I first publicly displayed the items for people to enjoy and
reminisce over. The museum's first home was in the original Granada
State Bank building. This was purchased in 1987 from Curly and Flo
Berhow after they closed their Corner Bar establishment. The timing
was perfect since Granada was about to celebrate its centennial in
1988. A permanent home had been found. However, I still had to pack
most everything up every fall as I could not afford to heat the
building. I could only afford to heat what was once the bank vault.
Sadly, the United Methodist Church of Granada
closed on September 24, 2000. They donated the church building to be
used as the Granada Historical Museum. We worked all that fall and
winter to get ready for our Grand Reopening in 2001.
The photograph above was taken in the summer of
2007, shortly before the Bell Tower which can be seen lying on its
side was erected.
At this time the museum is open by appointment
only. Donations of artifacts and financial support are greatly
appreciated. The museum is funded entirely by my wife and I and by
visitors who drop cash in the jar. Please contact me at Granada
Historical Museum PO Box 115 Granada, MN 56039 or
© 2009 Chris Hanning-Granada Historical Museum