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.

We want to help you with your genealogy projects, history research, and any other questions or projects you are working on.  If we do not have the resources at the heritage center, we can direct you to other locations that can help you find what you are looking for.

We have six exhibit rooms in the heritage center that focus on the heritage and history of Pepin County dating to Native American times to more recent events.  These exhibits will allow you to see what life was like for family members in Pepin County and the Chippewa Valley and the triumphs and struggles they endured during their lifetimes.  Our original courtroom and jail showcase the justice system in the area in the early 1900’s.  

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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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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.

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