DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRAIRIE WOMAN
Women that came to the prairie were an important part of the development of the territory
of Minnesota. The women of that time worked along side of their men while performing the
duties of the house as well, sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, and child-rearing. Life was
not easy for the women. Through various displays, see how the prairie women loved, from
the basic housekeeping to entertainment.
The Harkin Store is open from 10 to 4 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with programs
on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. Admission to the programs is included with admission
to the store. The gift shop is open the same hours as the store and has books, toys, unique
and hand crafted items, also 10 cent candy.
The 1870’s general store that Alexander Harkin opened is all that is left of the village of West
Newton. The store has 40% original merchandise on the shelves. It is located nine miles
northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet county Road 21, or the bottom road, or nine mile east
of Fort Ridgley. Nicollet County Road 21 is under construction so follow the detour signs or
call the store when open for directions at 1-507-354-8666. For more information call the
Nicollet County Historical Society which operates the store at 1-507-934-2160.