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A French-Canadian Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House

Posted on: Nov 29 2017 by admin

Please join the Rice County Historical Society for a Christmas Open House at the former home of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Faribault, located at its original location in Faribault.  The historic home will be open to the public on Friday, December 1, 4-7 pm and Saturday December 2, 10 am-3 pm.

Admission is free and open to the public!

The house will be decorated with the French-Canadian holiday traditions of the Faribault family.  The family celebrated the holidays in this home in the early 1850s. A traditional and unusual apple wreath will be displayed on the front porch.  In the festively decorated parlor on the square Steinway piano, there will be a small decorated tree embellished with red ribbons and candles. A French Crèche, or nativity, will be displayed under the tree and include everyday people such as a baker, and a woodsman.

The dining room table will display a hand crocheted table cloth set for Christmas dinner with a candied apple centerpiece made with apples donated by Trumps Orchard.  Docents will give tours and answer questions about the home, as well as the life and times of the Faribault family.

We also invite you to visit the upstairs portion of the house, to see Mary Elizabeth’s sewing room and the bedrooms.  In the west end of the second floor is a museum with Faribault family artifacts as well as the Faribault Business exhibit. Many local businesses are featured in this exhibit including Nutting Truck and Castor, Brand Peony Farm, The Olympia, and Ochs.

Live music is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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.