A new Mitchell County Historical Society Museum exhibit will be unveiled in November, celebrating the county’s newspaper debut.

Mary Blake of the Stacyville Memory Museum and Denis Boerjan of the Mitchell County Historical Society review early copies of The Herald, one of Stacyville’s earliest newspapers.


According to the press release, Print on the Prairie will open on Sunday, November 20, after the historical society’s annual meeting. The society will meet at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Cedar River Complex in Osage. After a brief business meeting, the program will feature the opening of the Mitchell County Care Facility time capsule.

The exhibit honors Mitchell County’s early hardworking newspaper editors, who worked from the 1850s through the 1920s. Front pages and back pages of county newspapers will be reproduced, and several feature articles, photographs and commentaries editorials (many of which could not be printed today) will also be posted.

The stories are meant to highlight the newspapers’ local flavor, as well as the challenges facing the nation’s editors who have covered tragedies – tornadoes, fires and wars – but have also served as top-notch ringleaders for the county business and cultural growth.

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Special note is made to early publishers, such as Thomas Atherton, Sr., who founded the Mitchell County Press in 1865, Martin Moe, who established the St. Ansgar Enterprise, and the controversial Stilson Hutchins, who founded the North Iowan and later created the Washington Post.

Refreshments will be available and Sam Crosser will provide the music. The public is invited.

The Cedar River Complex is located at 809 Sawyer Dr. in Osage, directly north of Osage High School.