Founded in 1926, the Rice County Historical Society volunteers and members have worked to collect, preserve, and share the history of Rice County Minnesota.
Education and outreach is the best way to share the rich history of Rice County and this year we reached more than 1,000 school children through our tours, History Camps, one-room school and log cabin experiences. We had more than 26 programs and events that brought another 4,000 people to the museum.
We also have an exhibit gallery and a local history research center. Our exhibits cover a wide range of topics including Artist Grace McKinstry, Sellner Manufacturing and the Tilt-A-Whirl, Bishop Whipple, and the Dakota who were the first people of the area.
We are home to three historic pioneer buildings, which were moved to the museum site from around the county, the Alexander Faribault House built in 1853, and a large early agriculture exhibit hall.
Perhaps the best testimonial happened one day in the middle of May. Around noon two young girls came into the museum with their Grandfather. The Grandfather explained that it was an early release day from school and these two first-graders had been to the museum on Monday with their class field trip but they felt rushed through the tour and so asked him if they could come back to the museum on Wednesday to look around some more. You know you’re doing something right, when, given time off from school, two 6 year olds think the best way to spend the time is going back to the museum.
Your support will help us continue this work with the county, local communities and historical societies, schools, families, and young 6-year-olds. Thank you.