Plainview Area History Center
40 4th St. SW
Plainview, MN 55964

Open 1- 4pm every 2nd Saturday of the month, or by appointment.

The History Center has much to offer in our book store. Currently we're not able to sell online, but if you're interested in any of our materials you can send us a request to purchase and have materials sent via U.S. Mail by clicking here.

Please let us know how many copies you would like as we don't keep a large stock of certain books and may need to make extra copies of some.

Plateau of Plenty:

This 100 page history was written for Plainview’s 100th Centennial Celebration. It has been reprinted and is a good source of the community’s history.

Price: $5.00

The Heart of Greenwood Prairie:

This 70 page history was written for Plainview 150th celebration. It contains updates to the 100th history plus the next 50 years. It is loaded with photos and “fills in the cracks” left out of the former history. A must for all lovers of Plainview history!

Price: $5.00

The Complete History of Greenville, Minnesota:

A 50 page history of they tiny community of Greenville, once located 2 miles east of Plainview from 1855-1866. This history contains detailed information on the community gathered from many varied sources. The history also contains a original survey map of the Plainview township as well as biographies of the settlers of the Greenville area. The first ever attempt to pull together all the scattered articles of the village of Greenville in one booklet.

Price: $6.00 (members)

$7.00 (non-members)

A Short History of Greenville, Minnesota:

A brief 12-page history of the tiny community of Greenville, once located 2 miles east of Plainview from 1855 to 1866. The Plainview Area History Center celebrated its 150th birthday May 21, 2005 with an open house for the event and the writing of a history of the vanished town that once was Plainview’s rival.

Price: $1.50 (members)

$2.00 (non-members)

Journey Down Jefferson Street:

One of the four books in our 'Walking Tour' series, 'Journey Down Jefferson Street' takes a look at houses along 4th Street SW (24 pages)

Price: $1.00 (members)

$1.50 (non-members)

Between the Churches:

One of the four books in our 'Walking Tour' series,

Between the Churches', looks at the area between the Presbyterian and Catholic Churches on Broadway (22 pages)

Price: $1.00 (members)

$1.50 (non-members)

Battle on Broadway - South Side Lineup:

One of the four books in our 'Walking Tour' series, 'Battle on Broadway - South Side Lineup', explains the history of the south side of the business district (24 pages)

Price: $1.00 (members)

$1.50 (non-members)

Battle on Broadway - North Side Lineup:

One of the four books in our 'Walking Tour' series, 'Battle on Broadway - North Side Lineup', explains the history of the north side of the business district (24 pages)

Price: $1.00 (members)

$1.50 (non-members)

Unusual and Obscure Stories of Plainview's Past:

A variety of stories compiled through research in old Plainview newspapers. (46 pages)

Price: $4.00 (members)

$5.00 (non-members)

A Walk Down Plainview's Mainstreet with Kenneth Baldwin:

From an interview recorded on January 5, 1984 (22 pages)

Price: $3.00 (members)

$3.50 (non-members)

Bicycles in Plainview:

An early history gathered from the "Plainview News".

Price: $3.50 (members)

$4.00 (non-members)

Favorite Recipes of the Donut Lady

The recipes for this book were taken from a wedding present presented to one of Merle's nieces. The present contained these recipes, along with some words of wisdom that Merle had compiled... (18 pages)

Price: $2.50 (members)

$3.00 (non-members)

Byrl Sylvester:

A fascinating history of one of Plainview's World War One heroes. A collection of his letters written home. Relive his ride across the Atlantic through submarine scares. Read about the war through the eyes of a volunteer ambulance driver and much, much, more. A must for every World War One buff. (42 pages)

Price: $6.00 (members)

$7.00 (non-members)

Road Map to Greenville:

A small one-page road map to find the location of the vanished village of Greenville. Today the village is on the edge of two farms with a township road dissecting it down the middle. Just two miles east of Plainview, this map helps the curious historian find the location of the once promising community.

Price: $1.00

The Plainview Enterprise 1863:

A reprinted copy of the earliest known newspaper printed in Plainview that gives the reader a rare glimpse into life in 1863 Plainview.

Price: $1.50 (members)

$2.00 (non-members)

Original Recipes from The Donut Lady (Merle Staudacher):

The Donut Lady was a special person. Her baked goods were famous throughout Plainview for many years. She could be seen coming down the street pulling her little coaster wagon loaded with delicious treats for her customers in the many stores along Broadway. (32 pages)

Price: $4.00 (members)

$5.00 (non-members)

History of the Plainview United Methodist Church 1866-1999:

A 16-page booklet of the church history containing a list of pastors from 1857-1998.

Price: $1.00

Wabasha County Sesquicentennial:

Written for the county's 150th birthday, this booklet is loaded with pictures and a township by township brief history. (40 pages)

Price: $5.00

The Plainview News 1879:

A summary of the February 22nd 1879 edition of the Plainview News.

Price: $1.50 (members)

$2.00 (non-members)

Map of Wabasha County Minnesota 1877:

A multi-page map of
Wabasha county in 1877 broken up by townships.

Price: $4.00 (members)

$5.00 (non-members)

Wall Map of Wabasha County Minnesota 1904:

A multi-page map of
Wabasha county in 1904, broken up by townships, taken from a full wall map.

Price: $4.00 (members)

$5.00 (non-members)

Beaver, Minnesota 1930-1934:

One out of a series of four, this a collection of newspaper articles from the Beaver social column for each week printed in the Plainview News. (60 pages)

Price: $9.00 (members)

$10.00 (non-members)

Beaver, Minnesota 1935-1939:

One out of a series of four, this a collection of newspaper articles from the Beaver social column for each week printed in the Plainview News. (60 pages)

Price: $9.00 (members)

$10.00 (non-members)

Beaver, Minnesota 1940-1944:

One out of a series of four, this a collection of newspaper articles from the Beaver social column for each week printed in the Plainview News. (60 pages)

Price: $9.00 (members)

$10.00 (non-members)

Beaver, Minnesota 1945-1949:

One out of a series of four, this a collection of newspaper articles from the Beaver social column for each week printed in the Plainview News. (60 pages)

Price: $9.00 (members)

$10.00 (non-members)

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