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Program: “Rice County Geology” with Mary Savina

Posted on: Nov 15 2017 by admin

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 7 pm

 

Glacial erratic stone adjacent to Caron Park, Rice County, MN

Mary Savina, Professor of Geology and Co-Director of Archaeology at Carleton College, will outline the geology of Rice County on Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm, at the Rice County Historical Society, located at 1914 NW Second Ave, Faribault, MN.

Rice County has it all – geologically, speaking.  Not only do we have marine sedimentary rocks from the Ordovician period (450 million years ago, more or less) exposed in eastern Rice County, but the glaciers have delivered us a representative cross-section of all the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks that are otherwise exposed only in areas to our north.  Minnesota’s oldest rocks are more than 3.5 billion years old – the oldest in the U.S. – and our youngest “rocks” are forming right now.  Savina, will have maps and samples in hand as she outlines the geology and discusses how the geology affects vegetation, landscape, and water in Rice County.

The cost for this event is free for members and $2 for nonmembers. Parking for this event is free.

For questions about the event, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

 

 

Faribault North End Flour Mills

Posted on: Oct 30 2017 by admin

with Jeff Jarvis

Thursday, November 9, 7 pm

Come learn of the flour milling industry that took root in Faribault’s north end in the mid-1860s.  Hear fascinating stories of the people and their companies–the historic LaCroix Mill, Matteson Mill, Woolen Mill, and the French Roller Mill.

This event will be presented by Jeff Jarvis. Due to the popularity of this program, registration is recommended. The cost for this event is $2 for non-members and free for members.

This event will be held in the Carlander Family Room at the Rice County Historical Society at 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault.  For questions about the event, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

2017 RCHS Annual Meeting

Posted on: Sep 26 2017 by admin

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5:00 pm Social Hour; 6:00 pm Dinner; 7:00 pm Program
Held at the Faribault Elks Club 

The Rice County Historical Society’s 2017 Fall Banquet and Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, at the Faribault Elks Club (131 Lyndale Avenue North) in Faribault.  The banquet will begin with a 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 the Carlander Family sharing the history of The State Bank of Faribault.

The Carlander Family: Seated (L to R) Richard and Loraine Carlander. Standing (L to R) Mathew Carlander, Kimberly Koepke, and John Carlander

The Carlander Family: Seated (L to R) Richard and Loraine Carlander. Standing (L to R) Mathew Carlander, Kimberly Koepke, and John Carlander

Throughout the last 98 years, the State Bank of Faribault, has remained an innovative community bank while serving and giving back to the Faribault Area in many ways. Their interest in preserving local history can be seen in their lobby, and their location in the exhibit of their Fleckenstein Brewing collection, the Faribault Engine, and the former Ochs Building, among others.

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

Nerstrand Meats & Catering

Nerstrand Meats & Catering

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 Thursday, October 12th.

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.

RCHS’s 5th Annual “A Night At The Museum”

Posted on: Sep 26 2017 by admin

Saturday, October 7, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Come and see history brought to life at the fourth annual A Night at the Museum event, hosted by the Rice County Historical Society in its museum and historic outbuildings at 1814 NW Second Ave., from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

This event will feature many costumed characters from Rice County’s past. These characters will be in the log cabin, the schoolhouse, Harvest and Heritage Halls and the Museum of History. There will also be flashlight tours offered in the Heritage and Harvest Halls where artifacts from early-day county businesses and farming equipment are kept. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, food, and music around a crackling fire ring as well as a passport clue-hunt for children with prizes offered. Great fun for the whole family! 

The cost of this Family Friendly event is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for youngsters 12 and under. Hotdogs, cider, and cookies are sold for a minimal extra cost. Parking for this event is free.

For questions about the event, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.