Rice County Historical Society--Minnesota

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy

Location

1814 2nd Ave SEFaribault, MN 55021 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rice County Historical Society is "discovery, preservation and dissemination of the knowledge of the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota."

Description

The Rice County Historical Society was founded in 1926 with the mission of "discovery, preservation and dissemination of the knowledge of the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota." This mission has guided us over the years and continues to be our focus for everything we do. Education and outreach is the best way to share the rich history of Rice County and we do that through History Camp, one-room school and log cabin experiences for youth, school tours, public programs and workshops, among other activities.

In addition to our outreach and public programs, the Rice County Museum of History houses historical displays, a genealogical research center, and an exhibit area. The Museum exhibits include Bishop Whipple, Grace McKinstry, Sellner Manufacturing, Bruce Smith and Native Americans. The museum also displays Main Street U.S.A., which is a timeline of businesses found in many small towns of Southern Minnesota. The RCHS also operates the Heritage and Harvest Halls that contain displays of farm and industrial items. In addition there are three historic pioneer buildings, which were moved to the museum site from around the county. The buildings are an 1850s log cabin, the Pleasant Valley School organized in 1857, and The Holy Innocents Episcopal Church built in 1869.

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