Welcome to the central hub of the Ephraim Historical Foundation! Located on the corner of Anderson Lane and Highway 42 at the north end of Ephraim, the Anderson Barn History Center is the home of the Anderson Barn History Museum, the Archival Resource Center (known as the ARC), and the Svalhus Research Library. Limited parking is available. See Map for directions.
Anderson Barn Museum
Built in the 1880s, the Anderson Barn has served many functions: the Anderson’s family barn; the home for a riding stable in the 1950s; and now the Anderson Barn History Museum. The museum features changing exhibits that showcase the EHF collections, and the HandsOn Hayloft. The HandsOn Hayloft is fully interactive fun zone for children of all ages, a great way to engage children in history! Stop in at the Anderson Barn History Museum to learn more about the EHF and our programs and tours and to purchase Guided Tour tickets.
The EHF purchased the Anderson Barn in the late 1980s from Marion and Bert Allen, who generously reduced the price. It was restored and served as a both a museum and the EHF administrative offices until the creation of the ARC in 2009.
ARC (Archival Resource Center)
Built in 2009 as an addition to the Anderson Barn History Museum, the ARC serves as the central administrative office of the EHF. The addition is also equipped with climate-controlled storage, which enables the EHF to store safely a large portion of its archival and photographic collections. Please contact the curator if you have any questions about the EHF archives.
The ARC was designed by Laura Davis. Laura is the granddaughter of Warren Davis, a founding member of the EHF.