Featured Exhibits

Ed Maxwell
The hanging tree located outside the courthouse

The Maxwell Brothers

Two outlaw brothers, a shootout that left two others dead and a lynching...in the space of a few months in 1881, Durand was transformed into a center of attention in the United States, even covered on the front page of the New York Times.

The lynching of Ed Maxwell next to the courthouse was the culmination of the largest manhunt in American history, his death a carefully planned conspiracy. The Maxwell Brothers became so famous that they received more coverage in the tabloid press than even the James Gang. Learn more about the Maxwells, their victims, the conspiracy in Durand and the ultimate fates of both brothers. Stand in the courtroom in which Ed Maxwell appeared and walk the stairs he descended for the last time before his death!

Helen Parkhurst in Japan
Helen Parkhurst with child on TV

Helen Parkhurst- World Famous Educator

One of the world's 100 most important educators of the 20th century, Helen Parkhurst's devotion to children began at an early age in Pepin County, including her first teaching job at age 17.

Parkhurst studied under Maria Montessori, developed her own educational theory called the Dalton Plan, opened her own school in New York City, wrote several books and had her own radio and television programs. Her influence spread across the globe, with schools in the Netherlands, England, Japan and others adopting the Dalton Plan of education. The new Helen Parkhurst exhibit traces the life of this extraordinary woman from Durand!