Pequot Lakes Historical Society celebrates 25 years

The celebration was Saturday, Aug. 6.

PLAHS 25th anniversary
Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society President Jane Ness smiles at the 25th anniversary celebration.
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PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 6.

It held an open house at the Cole Memorial Building that included treats, drinks and music.

The building, built in 1937, was an appropriate host as a piece of local history itself. Over the years, the building was a movie theater, hosted Pequot Lakes High School graduation, hosted roller skaters and many community events.

A projector and row of seats from the Lakes Theater, which used to be in the Cole Memorial Building.
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Now, it holds the historical society’s museum in the basement.

“They decided to focus on the general decade that the building was built (in the museum),” said former PLAHS president Karen Bye. “The time in United States history, between the wars and stuff. (There’s) a lot of nostalgia connected with that time.”


Bye credits the society’s success to locals with a passion for preserving history.

The anniversary celebration drew locals, new and old, to come talk with old friends and reminisce about the Pequot of the past.

Megan Buffington, Echo Journal intern, may be reached at 218-855-5854 or . She is a 2021 Pequot Lakes High School graduate who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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