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Adelaide Magner …landscape, portrait, ashcan artist

“Adelaide Magner …landscape, portrait, ashcan artist” exhibit includes many original pieces by Adelaide as well as digital reproductions and sketches from throughout her life.

About the artist

Adelaide Anne Magner, born on May 28th, 1872, on a farm near Nicollet to John and Mary (Donahue) Magner, discovered her passion for art at a very young age. She received her education in the parochial schools of Nicollet County and later attended St. Peter High School. After graduation, she furthered her artistic abilities by becoming a student of Robert Koehler at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts (now known as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design).

In 1901, Adelaide left her home to study at the Chase School of Art in New York City, where she learned the new “ashcan” style of art from Robert Henri for portraiture and landscape painting instruction from Douglas John Connah. Her talent for art was recognized with awards and prizes, which led her to travel for further studies.

Adelaide went on to become a respected professor of art and lecturer but always remained connected to her roots. She frequently returned to her home to paint, often in the ashcan style she had learned in New York City.

Admission to the History Center is
  • $7 adults
  • $6 seniors ages 55+
  • NCHS members and children under age 18 visit for free.

Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center

The Treaty Site History Center is in St. Peter, MN, just off US Highway 169.

1851 N. Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

Accessible parking
A free parking lot is available at the site.
Two disability parking spots are located near the museum’s entrance.
The parking lot and sidewalk are paved.

Service animals are welcome
First aid kits are available.
Restrooms on-site are wheelchair accessible.

For visitors with mobility disabilities
The History Center is a single-floor venue.
Public restrooms in the History Center include accessible facilities and diaper-changing stations.

The Nicollet County Historical Society was organized on August 22, 1928. From its home in the Treaty Site History Center, the Nicollet County Historical Society preserves, protects, and interprets the history of Nicollet County and the state of Minnesota.

The Treaty Site History Center features a nationally recognized and award-winning exhibit on the Traverse des Sioux Treaty of 1851 and its consequences. Other features of interest include local history exhibits, a gift shop, and a full-service research archive.

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