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. Limited parking is available. See Map for directions.
Anderson Barn History 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 General Admission or Guided Tour tickets.
The EHF purchased and restored the Anderson Barn in the late 1980s, and it 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.
The word, Svalhus, roughly translates from Norwegian as “cooling house.” The buildings unique designs helps the building maintain a cooler interior temperature, which made it an ideal storehouse.
Like many of the historic buildings in Ephraim, the Svalhus has served many functions. It was built around 1890, and was owned by Peter Peterson, a prominent Ephraim businessman and good friend of the Anderson brothers. Later, the Svalhus served as a gift shop, and then a summer cottage for an Ephraim hotel.
In 1995 Nedd and Natalie Nedderson, the then-owners of Eagle Harbor Inn, donated the Svalhus to the EHF. The logs were carefully numbered and reassembled at the Anderson Barn History Center. The Svalhus served as meeting place for the EHF staff and board before becoming the offices for the Hardy Gallery of Art for a time. Currently, the EHF is working to convert the Svalhus into an archival library to allow more access to our collections. While this process is going on, the Svalhus is not open to the public.