With Governor Walz’s update on May 14, we are one step closer to opening our doors to the public.
He announced that Beginning May 18, “Stay Safe Minnesota will still ask people: stay close to home, limit travel to what’s essential, but we can now gather with friends and family of groups of less than ten.” That has been clarified to include social, civil, and community gatherings.
Staff returned to work the week of May 4, and starting May 18, our collections and research volunteers will be welcome to return to the museum. We are asking all staff and volunteers to wear masks and encouraging them to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
As for opening to the public…we still have to wait a bit longer. When we do open we’ll also be asking visitors to wear masks and follow other social distancing practices. We want to do our part to keep everyone healthy but also welcome everyone to the museum.
In the meantime, if you have any research requests or general questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us at 507-332-2121.
[Updated with 4/30/2020 Governor’s Orders]
Following the Governor of Minnesota’s orders, the Rice County Historical Society will continue to be closed to the public through May 18, 2020. However, protecting the museum and the collection continue to be a primary concern so staff are making daily checks on the museum facilities and are gathering mail and messages at that time as well.
Unfortunately, our May programs, including our Spring Flea Market and our June Fundraiser (formerly scheduled for June 11) are canceled. We are, however, working on programming for the summer, as soon as we’re able to open to the public.
We have scheduled our Fall Flea Market for September 19 and already have 17 vendor stalls filled up. If you’re interested in being a vendor, call us at 507-332-2121 or email us at 507-332-2121.
In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook . We made it through the Rice County A to Z and are now posting daily with #MediaMonday featuring different photographic media types, #TownTuesday, #WhereIsItWendseday, #ThingThursday featuring artifacts in our collection, #FunFactFriday, #SchoolSaturday showcasing one of our many schools across the county, and #SundayReligiousSites. It’s a fun way to share the many aspects of Rice County History that we help to preserve. And, as always, if you have a question or suggestion you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 507-332-2121.
Meanwhile, stay well. We hope to see you all soon.
[Updated with 4/8/2020 Governor’s Order dates]
Following the Governor of Minnesota’s orders, the Rice County Historical Society will continue to be closed to the public through May 4, 2020. However, protecting the museum and the collection continue to be a primary concern so staff are making daily checks on the museum facilities and are gathering mail and messages at that time as well.
Unfortunately, both of our planed April programs are postponed. Jeff Sauve’s program “Gaslight Murders” will be rescheduled for some time after September 1. The Movie Night will also be rescheduled. Additionally, our May – Spring Flea Market is canceled. All vendors who had signed up can hold their spot for the Fall Flea Market on September 19, 2020. Our committee chairman will be contacting each of the vendors to discuss their preferences.
In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook where we are participating in the #MnMuseumAlphebet. You can reach us at email@example.com or call at 507-332-2121.
Dear RCHS Friends,
Following the CDC, Minnesota Governor, and Faribault City Council’s lead regarding Social Distancing and the recommendations for staying healthy in the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Rice County Historical Society Museum will be closed from Wed., March 18 to at least through March 31, 2020. The Genealogy Classes will be postponed (a date to be announced later.) We will review and revise that closing date as needed based on health care professionals recommendations.
The health of our volunteers, members, and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.
We will continue to monitor emails and our Facebook page and are eager to help with any research questions you might have.
In the meantime, we’d like your help.
We are in unfamiliar territory for most of us. Some of you might remember the Polio scare in the 1950s and many have heard of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918-1920. Yet, there is very little in our archives about the personal experience of those epidemics within Rice County. People don’t often think about preserving “now” for future use, but that is exactly what we’re trying to do.
We are actively collecting how local governmental officials, schools, and organizations are responding to the Covid-19/Coronavirus Pandemic. We’d like your help to record the personal experience as well.
Do you have photos of bare shelves at any Rice County stores? Consider donating them to the Historical Society. If you take photos of your family studying at home or take photos of any experience that is Covid-19 related, we’d love those too. You can email these photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider keeping a household journal of your experiences – from everyone’s point of view. You could write about how you and your family handled learning at home. We know this is all new but if you come up with a daily routine, write that routine down in the journal. Perhaps you could write about the hardest part of Social Distancing. It would be wonderful to also include the ways you stayed positive and hopeful in this tense time.
Then, if you are comfortable, please consider donating the journal (or at least a copy of it) to the Rice County Historical Society.
That way you can be a part of helping to preserve this tense time for future generations.
As we journey through this uncertain time together, if you have any history questions or would like to send us a photo or journal entry, please email us at email@example.com.