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Published June 19, 2011, 07:50 PM

Walsh County Historical Museum is trying to draw a crowd

Minto, ND (WDAY TV) - A Historical Museum in the small town of Minto is trying to keep people coming through the doors. The place runs mostly off donations and contains history of Walsh County.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAY

Wally Ebertowski gives a tour of what used to be an old school house, now a museum struggling to get business.

WALLY EBERTOWSKI - Museum Co-Curator: “One challenge is just to get people to realize what we have here. There are a lot of people that are not aware of the many different displays and things we have in this museum.”

Ebertowski doesn't see too many people walking through the doors of the Walsh County Historical Museum. In fact, in the two hours we spent here today, not one person came in. Workers are trying to come up with more ways to advertise. He says people don't know what they are missing.

Wally: “I have talked to people in Grand Forks at the Visitor's and Traveler's Bureau and I told them I would sometime in the near future bring some new brochures.”

The school was transformed in the early 70's into the Walsh County Museum. Tucked away on a side street in Minto one might miss it.

CHRIS KILICHOWSKI - Museum Tour Guide: “Everybody local has been here and because we're off the beaten path a lot of people don't know we're here.”

Every other year the Museum holds an event to raise money for the building. Organizers hope word gets out about this historical treasure that means so much to them and the community.

Wally: “We get a little bit of tax money as support along with Graftons Heritage Village to maintain the facility, but it takes a lot more than that.”

Chris: “You don't realize what's here, it's a nice little treasure tucked away.”

The Walsh County Historical Museum is only open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. You can get private tours.