Frederic Area Historical Society Inviting Public To Soo Line Museum Memorial Day Weekend
The Frederic Area Historical Society starts its 18th year of bringing the history of Frederic to life at the Frederic Soo Line Depot/Museum Sat., May 25.
The 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot is the last of its kind on what was once the major pipeline of commerce in this area through more than half of the last century–the railroad.
When the Soo Line abandoned rail service through Frederic in 1989, the Village acquired the depot and restored it with transportation enhancement grants from the Department of Transportation, as a rest stop on the Dandy Dancer State Trail and a museum of local history.
In addition to the local history items archived in the depot, the original Frederic Library building, a log cabin from the late 1800’s, and Soo Line wide-vision caboose #137 are featured and open for tours.
The depot/museum is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in the fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weekends, and holidays.
Frederic Area Historical Society members will be on hand to share the history Frederic, and the coffee will be on during the opening weekend.
The Historical Society is always looking for new members to help share the past through volunteering at the museum. If you have any interesting memorabilia for display, from Frederic, or the Soo Line railroad, please stop in or call 715-327-4271 or 715-327-4892. The Historical Society meets the first Tuesday of each month, at the depot, at 6:30 p.m.
The Society hosts several special events during the year at the depot: strawberry shortcake during Frederic Family Days June 15, a pie social on Aug. 17, a photo-op stop for an antique car tour in early September, and a vintage snowmobile show in December.
Check out museum pictures at www.fredericwi.com
2013 State Trail Passes, required for bicycle riders 16 years of age and older on Polk County’s State Bike Trails, the Gandy Dancer and the Stower 7 Lakes, are available at the depot.