New, free lobby exhibit offered by county history center

A new, free lobby exhibit for the month of December is open at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 Third Ave. N., Anoka, during regular museum hours.

The new exhibit features a history of Santa Claus Town as well as Santa collectibles.

Many people remember Santa Claus Town, even if they only drove by this classic roadside attraction, according to Elaine Koehn, Anoka County Historical Society volunteer coordinator.

Santa’s summer home was a family owned business, created by Bernard Swanson to satisfy his children’s curiosity about whether Santa stayed north in the summer, Koehn said.

It was located three miles west of Anoka on Highway 10 and had many attractions for the kiddies, she said.

Hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Anoka County Historical Society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library.

For more information on its programs and activities please visit or look for them on Facebook.

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