On Sunday afternoon, the St. James Historical Society opened its doors to the public for an open house and ice cream social.

A healthy group of community members filed into the historical society to learn about the history of St. James.

Some of the major attractions are pieces from the Mathistad Orchestra and Winfield Scott Hammond.

The "pride and joy" of the historical society is their "Sward-Kemp" sign from the pharmacy on the first floor of the old St. James Hotel, which stood south of the EyeCare Center of St. James building. The hotel was named numerous times, most famously as the Boston Hotel. The historical society still has old pill bottles and can containers.

Also on hand are military outfits ranging from a variety of wars. To honor those soldiers who fought in World War II, there are boards with the names of all 902 soldiers from Watonwan County. Each of the names has a star next to their name, and those who lost their lives in battle have a gold star. 

The historical society also has old St. James High School uniforms and yearbooks, ranging back to the early 1900s. Also among school memorabilia are photos from the old Armstrong School on the north side of St. James. 

The St. James Historical Society is open every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. between April 1st and October 31st.