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RCHS Fall Flea Market

Posted on: Aug 23 2021 by admin

Saturday, September 18, 2021

8am – 2pm

The Rice County Historical Society will be hosting its Fall Flea Market on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 8 am to 2 pm. Market vendors will bring a great variety of items to shop for including; antiques, collectibles, crafts, glassware, kitchen appliances, wood benches, and more.

It is exciting to offer this event once again at the Rice County Historical Society grounds. We are repeating the layout from the Spring Flea Market which will help with social distancing, supporting everyone as we continue to be COVID-19 aware – doing our part to ensure it the Flea Market is a safe and positive experience for both the vendors and the shoppers. Vendors for the Flea Market will be spaced out on the grounds of this event in awareness of Social Distancing (6’+). Face coverings will be strongly encouraged for both the vendors and shoppers during this six-hour event. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the grounds. Social distancing signs will be posted for kindly reminders to stay 6’ apart. The RCHS will monitor the CDC guidelines and will follow them if there is any changes for outside events. With the help of all, this can be a successful and safe event.

If you know of anyone wanting to sell their items at this Flea Market, please share this information with them. There will be a lot of foot traffic during the day.

All who are interesting in being a vendor (of any experience level) are encouraged to give us a call. Vendor spots available are 10’x20’ stalls and can be reserved for $20 prior to the day of the event. If there are any spaces remaining, they will be available for $25 on the day of the event.  You are encouraged to bring a tarp or table, canopy, or whatever is necessary to display your items. First-time sellers are welcome! Vendors will be able to set up starting at 5:30 am.

The Flea Market will be in the Museum’s front parking lot as well as behind the RCHS Museum of History, at 1814 NW 2nd Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. Vendors are invited to reserve a spot for the Flea Market by making a fee payment and completing a Vendor Agreement Form.

For more information or to sign up to be a vendor, please contact the Rice County Historical Society during regular business hours, Monday – Friday / 9am – 4pm, 507-332-2121 or send us an email at rchs@rchistory.org.

2nd Annual Cruising Rice County History

Posted on: Aug 4 2021 by admin

Saturday, August 21. 2021

10am – 2:30pm

Join the Rice County Historical Society for an outside tour of 6 historic sites around southwestern Rice County, MN. Volunteers will be at each site to share its history and answer questions. This is a family-friendly event. All vehicles (cars, vans, motorcycles, even busses) are welcome. $20/vehicle – no matter how many people are in the vehicle. 

Whereas last year’s COVID-19 restrictions meant we could only visit the grounds for the sites, this year, participants will be able to go into the buildings for more information. Please note, any new COVID-19 restrictions as of the time of the event will be followed.

To make it fun, we’ve added a poker-run-like game but instead of a poker hand, we’re just counting the face value of the cards – highest hand wins. (Aces high). Each car will get one playing card when they stop at each site, and then participants will turn in their cards when they return to the museum at the end of the tour route. The top 5 hands will receive a prize.

Participants should start this 2.5-hour tour anytime between 10 am and noon. Playing Cards should be turned in no later than 2:30.

You can register for the event by calling the museum at 507-332-2121 or rchs@rchistory.org

Join Us At The Fair!

Posted on: Jul 13 2021 by admin

Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25

It’s been two years since we were able to gather for the Rice County Fair and this year, we’re making up for lost time.

We have many new exhibits including: “Fisher-Price Toys”, “Feed Sack Fashion”, “Rediscovering Bishop Whipple: The Man In His Times”, “Early Farming”, and a collection of American Bison bones that have been collected locally over the last 2 years.

We are happy to announce that, as it was in 2019, this year it is again free to visit Rice County Historical Society’s Museum and its out-buildings for all fairgoers. The outbuildings include our one-room schoolhouse, church, log cabin, Heritage and Harvest Hall, and our newly built Pioneer barn.

Demonstrations will vary daily but will include such activities as blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, tatting, corncob doll making, and many manually operated woodworking machines. Free children’s activities will be offered Wednesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 25, from noon to 4 p.m. outside the log cabin.

A free scavenger hunt is available for youngsters Wednesday through Sunday of the fair. Children can hunt for answers by going to all of the historical society’s buildings at the fairgrounds, and find the answers and receive a prize at the end.  Scavenger hunt forms are available at any of the RCHS buildings on the Fairgrounds. 

We will be open from Wednesday (7/21) to Saturday (7/24) from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We will also be open on Sunday (7/25) from 12:00 to 4:00.

The Rice County History Museum and outbuildings are located on the fairgrounds. The address is 1814 NW 2nd Ave, Faribault, MN 55021. Please call 507- 332-2121 for more information, or if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

Program: “Pre-History of the Straight River: How the River was Formed”

Posted on: Jun 3 2021 by admin

With Larry Richie

Heritage Days Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Dairy Lane Bridge at Riverbend Nature Center as it crosses the Straight River.
Dairy Lane Bridge at Riverbend Nature Center as it crosses the Straight River.

Please join Larry Richie at Teepee Tonka Park in Faribault, at 10 am or 1pm on Saturday, June 19, to learn about how the Straight River was formed.

(All are encouraged to bring their own chair.)

75 years is almost a lifetime, more or less. It is how long Larry has lived along the Straight River. Growing up he fished in the river, went swimming in the river every evening after a day of bailing hay, built too many rafts (none that worked very well), and trapped some muskrats too. He has seen the river when it was a half-mile wide and other times you could throw a beachball across it. The river is always changing. As Larry says,
“In Walcott, where I live, the Straight River is sometimes the property line. Landowners gain and lose land like a Las Vegas high roller every time the river gets high and wild.”

This presentation will be based on Larry’s lifetime of observations along the Straight River and research and study of the rocks and formations along its banks. His hope is that this presentation will shed some light on the history of the formation of the Straight River.”

This program is $5.00/person. ($3.00 for RCHS Members.) Please register by contacting the historical society at 507-332-2121 or emailing us at rchs@rchistory.org and let us know if you would like to attend the 10am or 1pm presentation. Each time slot is limited to 25 people.

When you register please let us which session you would like to attend.

After the program, all are welcome to stay and view the exhibits which will include the recreated burned-out/dug-out canoe, 3000-year-old American Bison bones, and other stone tools found on the Straight River.