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The Universal Laboratories building is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the home of the Dassel Area Historical Society. From 1937 to the mid 1970s, Universal Laboratories provided raw ergot from the grain fields of the...more
A treasure in Dassel, this fantastic, if small museum delivers! The museum director is fun, friendly, and knowledgeable, taking the time to explain anything you may have questions about. A permanent exhibit here delves into the history of ergot, a double-edged sword of a fungus...More
How many times do you get to a rural area, and wonder if there's anything to do? Outside of the city, outside of the suburbs, it's probably expected that there is a lack of "fine dining," high culture, etc.--you get the point. The Dassel Museum...More
Tucked inside an old manufacturing plant where they made yeast and ergot, this museum traces the history of this fungal disease found in rye and other cereals. Ergot was known to the ancients, who mixed it into drinks for an LSD-type experience. Some, according to...More
People travel many miles to visit museums that do not come close to the quality of the Dassel Area Historical Museum. The docents at the museum are intelligent, aware of the many nuances in Dassel's unique history, and are obviously interested in sharing this history...More
We went to the museum to see Deep Roots, a Scandinavian textiles show. The pieces were artfully displayed on the third floor of the museum. But just as interesting are two of the permanent displays, one about the history of the DFL party in Minnesota...More
Not only does this building serve as the historical society but, this is an ergot museum. Ergot has a long history of death and healing and this building was the headquarters for sorting the fungi from the grain for the pharmaceutical industry. There is a...More