Native American Influence/Early Settlers
The Museum has a number of exhibits honoring and showing artifacts left by the early inhabitants of this land. The Native American influence in the Chetek area is also documented by the Museum. A collection of spear points found along the many lakes identify historic camp and trading sites that were used for hundreds of years.
The Lumber Industry/Early Farming
Many artifacts, pictures, books and displays of the Lumber industry are displayed in the Museum. The Museum welcomes stories of the days of lumber harvesting in the Chetek area, along with items and documentations to add to the collection.
Tourism in Chetek/Local Businesses
From a summer away to a weekend get-away! A good many years ago, Chetek fishing resorts were a one-stop place for a week, a month, or a whole summer, away from the heat of the big cities to the south. The fishing resort of years gone by would today be considered a cross between a bed and breakfast (with lunch and dinner thrown in), an outdoor outfitter, and a guide service. Everything you needed was at one place. Today, summer vacations are much different. The whole community plays a part is hosting summer guests, whether they visit for a weekend or weeks on end!
The Museum hosts a room of military memorabilia, from the Civil War to the September 11, 2001 event. There is a complete listing of Civil War Veterans buried in Chetek and surrounding area cemeteries done by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle project.
World Trade Center Artifact
The Museum is honored to display a piece of building beam from the World Trade Center in
New York City. This piece was from the September 11, 2001, attack.
The Chetek Area Museum collects items of interest from the Chetek area only. A civil war uniform from Missouri may be priceless, but it must be related to the Chetek area, which includes Dallas, New Auburn and Sand Creek areas. The Acquisition Committee will review the item prior to the donation. All donations should be appraised by the donor, the donor will receive a descriptive receipt from the Museum without a cash value. Thank you for helping grow the Museum!