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Posted on: Sep 20 2013 by admin

Thursday, October 23, 2014 

5:00 pm Social Hour, 6:00pm Dinner, 7:00pm Program

RCHS Annual Meeting/Fall Banquet

Faribault Elk’s Club, 131 Lyndale Ave N, Faribault                               

The Rice County Historical Society’s 2014 Fall Banquet/Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 23, in Faribault at the Elk’s Club in Faribault.  The banquet will begin with social hour at 5:00, dinner will be served at 6:00, there will be a brief business meeting as required by our bylaws at 7:00, followed by our keynote speaker: Lonnie Schroeder, Director of Institutional Advancement at Shattuck-St Mary’s School.

Ms. Schroeder will be exploring the people who lived in Rice County and influenced our shared histories.  She will also explore how Shattuck-St. Mary’s and the city of Faribault were affected by those people who lived and worked in the area.

Lonnie Schroeder joined Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in March, 2003 and has held the position of Director of Institutional Advancement since 2007. In this role, she interacts with the more than 6,000 alumni of Shattuck-St. Mary’s throughout the world. As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Schroeder oversees the School’s archive and has had the pleasure of hearing many great stories about Shattuck-St. Mary’s during her time at the School.

Please join us for an eventful evening.  The meal will be catered by Nerstrand Meats, and will include a whole hog roast, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, baked beans with bacon, Bootsie’s homemade cherry sauce, and rolls with butter.

Tickets for this event are $17.50 for RCHS and Chapter members and $20.00 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased from any RCHS board members or at the Rice County Historical Society, located at 1814 NW 2nd Ave in Faribault. Please reserve a ticket by Friday October 17th.

The Rice County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to discover, preserve and share the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota.  For more information, call (507) 332-2121.


Tuesday, November 18, 7pm

Stage Coaches Across Rice County

Rice County Historical Society                               

There was a time in Rice County before highways, cars, even trains.  How did people travel?  How did mail or shipments go from one place to another?  How did the news reach Rice County?  The answer for the earliest years was stage coaches.  Local historian Larry Richie has done extensive research on stage coach travel in the county and he will share his research on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm at the Rice County Historical Society.

With a government contract to deliver the mail, stagecoaches started rolling across Rice County in 1854.  In 1857 a “plank road” (a roadway surfaced with wooden planks) was built from Cannon City to Faribault.  This was a great improvement for the stagecoaches and their passengers.  During the Civil War (1861-1864) and through the 1862 US/Dakota Conflict, it was the stage coach that delivered the telegraphs and the news from the battlefields.  Until the arrival of the train in 1865, the stagecoaches played a big role in our towns and communities.

Larry Richie will present the history and influence of this most important early transportation method in Rice County.  Join us for a look back at a most exciting time in our history.

It is strongly suggested that reservations be made for this presentation.  Limited seating is available.  To make reservations or for further information, please call 507-332-2121.