Arts & Culture in Kanabec County

The economic impact of arts and culture in Kanabec County, MN, sits at an astounding $2 million.  Read more statistics here.

The Arts in Kanabec County
The following arts organizations are located in Kanabec County, MN:
    ~Kanabec County Agricultural Society (a.k.a. the Fair Board)
    ~Kanabec County Art Association
    ~Mora Music in the Park (Summer Concert Series)
    ~Northern Exposures Photography Club
    ~Paradise Threater

Built in 1946, the Paradise Threater is located at 237 Union Street South in Mora, MN.  It's the only cinema venue in Kanabec County.  In addition to first-run movies, they provide live concerts, community theatre productions and host touring professional companies.  They also rent space for meetings, seminars, private parties, school functions and special events.


Culture in Kanabec County
The following culture organizations are located in Kanabec County, MN:
    ~Kanabec History Center
    ~Ogilvie Museum
    ~Vasaloppet, USA
    ~Mora Area Farmers' Market
    ~Minnesota Goose Garden

Kanabec County's history is an enormous part of its culture.  There are two museums in Kanabec County; the Kanabec History Center and the Ogilvie Museam.

The Kanabec History Center is located iat 805 Forest Ave. West in Mora, MN  55051.  It consists of the main facility, the Coin School and the Whittier Schoolhouse.  The main facility contains an exhibition hall, climate controlled storage areas, reference library, conference room, gift shop and office space.  The Coin School, constructed in 1898, now serves as a rental facility and hosts Rock-A-Thon each February. The one-room Whittier Schoolhouse is used for Old Tyme Country School classes each summer. 
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The Ogilvie Museaum is located at 201 North Hill Ave. in Ogilvie, MN  56358.    


There are a number of buildings in Kanabec County that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  One such building is the Kanabec County Courthouse (full history here) located at 18 North Vine Street, Mora, MN  55051. 

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The courthhouse is a beige brick, Romanesque building, featuring a prominent 4-story center tower. The courthouse sits on a stone foundation. Arched windows and doorways with brown sandstone sills lend distinction. The eaves were built with unusual corbelled brick and the corners of the tower are decorated with tourelles. Hardwood floors and oak balusters lead to the second-floor courtrooms.  The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (see listing here).

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