McFarland Historical Society

The McFarland Historical Society offers a well-curated Museum, Norwegian log cabin, and an annex featuring early farming displays located at 5814 Main Street in McFarland. The restored historic Larson House Museum is a short walk away at 6003 Exchange Street.

The museum and historic house are open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM from Memorial Day through September.  Group tours can be arranged by appointment with Dale Marsden at 608-838-3992 for the Museum, log cabin and annex, and with Jane Licht at 608-234-2504 for the Larson House Museum.  To rent the Larson House for special events, contact Gail Aaroen at

The Society offers publications on various aspects of local history, special educational events, and lively annual meetings in March.

Latest News

  • The annual Strawberry Shortcake Social will be held at the Larson House from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday, June 23, 2024.  Not on...

  • There are still a few places available for our Ladies’ Afternoon Tea at the Larson House on May 11, 2024.  This ti...

  • Gail Aaroen is our Volunteer of the Year.  Gail retired from teaching in 2013 and joined the Larson House Garden Committ...

  • Treat your father to the best strawberry shortcake ever at the Larson House on June 18, 2023, from 1 to 4 pm. Fun for th...

  • Wes Licht will be honored as Volunteer of the Year at the Society’s annual meeting. Wes has used his knowledge and talen...

  • Former McFarland Community Life editor Tom Thrun will be the guest speaker at the McFarland Historical Society’s annual ...

Video History

Thrun Farm

Memorial Day 1962

McFarland Santa 1961

A Wedding

Easter Egg Hunt 1963

Grass Fire May 1963

Edwards Park 1968

Past Exhibits

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