Heritage Days began as a ‘centennial celebration’ in 1976. Encouraged by the state of Minnesota and planned by the Chamber of Commerce, East Grand Forks; as part of the promotion to become a centennial city. The Chamber of Commerce met with Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the first “Farmer’s Day” which was held in 1976. The following year Elsie Miller, Chamber of Commerce Secretary worked with Russ Beier, administrator of the Northwest Technical College, Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the second “Threshing Day” which was held in 1977. “Heritage Days” became an annual event in 1978, under the Heritage Foundation presidency of Russ Beier.  



Heritage Days - Third Weekend in August

Admission $5 Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.


National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum

Free admission for all active duty U.S. military as well as National Guard and reserve military personnel & up to 5 family members with a military ID 

(CAC, DD FORM1173 or DD FORM1173-1).


Proceeds from the annual Heritage Days living history event are used to maintain the Heritage Village. 


Volunteers are always welcome to help prepare for the event and to help at the event. To volunteer contact Kim Nelson 218-779-3034.