Studio photographs archived

On March 19, the collection of photographs of the Rex McDonald Studio were moved to the archives of the Wadena County Historical Society.  The images had been created over several decades by Rex McDonald, Sandford R. McDonald, Don Hoffmann and Kimberly Woods who had all owned the business at one time.  

Contributed photo
Rex McDonald, shown here posing for one of his own unique photographs, had his collection of images archived and can be viewed at the WCHS.

WCHS building owner Don Hoffman and Director, Lina Belar had talked about this for some time, in the hopes that the Wadena County Historical Society could preserve this important part of local history. 

Recently, he sold the building and everything stored in the basement had to be moved. That included over 600 boxes of photos and negatives of the people, places and events of Wadena County, including many businesses in Wadena’s Historic Downtown Commercial District.  

Woods had purchased the files when she bought the business so this donation is actually a gift from her. Woods is still in business and has offered her clients the opportunity to own their session files that were previously ordered. She can be reached at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  WCHS will also continue to honor those requests. 

The Wadena County Historical Society is open by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You may also submit research requests by phone  (218) 631-9079 or email