Black and white photograph of attendees at a December annual meeting in the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s early years, ca. 1890s.

Attendees at a meeting of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Attendees at a December annual meeting in the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s early years, ca. 1890s.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society

The year 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. In its early years, the society was a small, male-dominated organization focused on fruit production. Its mission shifted to become more educational as members taught each other, and the public, how to use plants to enhance their environments.

Black and white photograph of Hanover Creamery Association building, ca. 1880–1900. Used courtesy of the Hanover Historical Society.

Hanover Creamery Association

Hanover Creamery Association building, ca. 1880–1900. Used courtesy of the Hanover Historical Society.

Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010.

Aerial image of Murray County Fairgrounds

Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010. From the collection of the Murray County News.

Black and white photograph of the Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s

Murray County Fairgrounds

Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1980s.

4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair

A 4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1980s. From the archives of the University of Minnesosta Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of men working on a fair building at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1950s.

Murray County Fairground improvements

Men working on a fair building at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1950s. From the archives of the University of Minnesosta Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1936.

4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds

4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1936.

Black and white photograph of the grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton, 1925.

Grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton

Grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton, 1925. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H Club exhibitor with a dairy steer at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1920s.

4-H exhibitor with dairy steer

A 4-H Club exhibitor with a dairy steer at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1920s. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

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