New Name & Brand

We are happy to announce that we have completed a major rebranding of our historic courthouse building.  The rebranding was prompted by wanting to use the courthouse in Downtown Durand as more than a museum and confusion over different name variations.

The courthouse building was the gathering place and center of action for Pepin County for over 100 years.  After moving its operations to a new building, the Pepin County Historical Society began using the building in 1985.  Since then, we have preserved and shared the building and Pepin County’s history with the public.  With the help of local branding experts from Studio MLM the former Old Courthouse Museum and Jail is now the Pepin County Heritage Center, with a new logo and website. 

“Our goal is to make the courthouse more than a museum.  We want the Pepin County Heritage Center to be a gathering place for the community like it was for over 100 years,” said Matthew Sam, President of the Pepin County Historical Society.  “We want to share our historic building with the community, especially our local schools.”

Visit to explore the new website, brand, and see what the Pepin County Heritage Center can offer you.

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Why a Heritage Center?

Our mission here at the Pepin County Heritage Center is to connect you with our heritage by collecting, sharing, and saving the stories and historical resources of Pepin County.

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Educational Use

There are many educational opportunities at the Pepin County Heritage Center for school groups of all ages.  Three educational events we hosted in 2023 for area schools was Law Day for 5th grade students, Civil War Day for 7th and 8th grade students, and a Mock Trial for 12th Grade students.

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