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Posted on: Aug 20 2018 by admin

P/T Administrative Assistant

The Rice County Historical Society is seeking a 20 hr/ wk Administrative Assistant. Successful candidates must have strong computer skills as well as excellent written/oral communication skills. The ideal candidate would also have excellent people skills (in person, electronic, and telephone) and an interest in local and state history. Job includes office management, computer use and general museum responsibilities. Send cover letter, resume, and list of references to: Rice County Historical Society, 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021 or sgarwood@rchistory.org. Applications will be reviewed starting August 31. Applications accepted until position is filled.

“Lonsdale in Photos” with Steve Vosejpka

Posted on: Aug 8 2018 by admin

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00 pm

Lonsdale Blacksmith, c. 1900

Lonsdale Blacksmith, c. 1900

Join Lonsdale historian Steve Vosejpka for this program on Lonsdale history. He will share information about early settlement, the importance of the railroad to the start of the city, the establishment of Lonsdale in 1903, and information about present day.

The program also includes a treasure trove of historic Lonsdale photographs that help illustrate the town’s history.

The program will begin at 7:00pm on August 23, 2018 at the Rice County Historical Society, 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault MN. Admission is $3.00 for non-members and FREE for members. Reservations are encouraged.

Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at (507) 332-2121 with any questions.

Fleckenstein Brewery: Walk, Program and Lunch

Posted on: Jun 20 2018 by admin

Sat., July 28, 2018

One of our more popular events is quickly approaching. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us on Saturday, July 28, 2018, for a walking tour, lunch, and program about the Fleckenstein Brewery.

Brian Schmidt will lead a walking tour of the Old Fleck’s Brewery where participants will get a chance to look around these hard-to-access ruins. Photos of the Brewery will be spread throughout the site, and Schmidt will help visitors see how the Brewery would have been in its prime. Access to this site is through private property graciously opened to RCHS for this event by Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

After the morning tour, we will join those going on the afternoon tour for lunch at the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Inn and enjoy a taco buffet lunch and listen to a program that will add more in-depth history of the Fleckenstein Brewery. Special Guest, Al Fleckenstein and other family members from around the country will be joining the tour and program as well/

Choose from one of 2 tours to choose from: a 9:30 am tour or 1:30 pm tour. This year the tour ticket price also includes a lunch and a program about the history of the Fleckenstein Brewery. Both the lunch (11 am) and the program (12 pm) will be held at the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Inn and will take place between the two tours.

The tour will begin near the Shattuck Bell Tower in the NW Corner of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s campus. Enter the campus through the arch, and follow the loop. There will be signs for the RCHS Walking Tour. The tour includes a walk down the bluff to the Brewery ruins, so good walking shoes or hiking boots, weather appropriate clothing, bug spray, and a bottle of water are encouraged.

Admission is $17.50 for non-members and $15 for members. Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at (507) 332-2121 with any questions or to reserve either a morning or afternoon tour.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call now!

“The Early Life of Alexander Faribault”

Posted on: Apr 20 2018 by admin

Thursday, May 10, 2018

at 7:00 pm

with Larry Richie

On Thursday, May 10, at 7 pm, there will be a book signing and program, presented by Larry Richie on the early life of Alexander Faribault.  Larry will talk about his new book, “Footsteps Along the Straight River”.

Alexander Faribault was a fur trader, town founder, politician, businessman, and philanthropist. He was also half Native American, and kin to the Dakota. Learn about Alexander Faribault’s life and how he inspired others.

The cost of this program is $3.00 for Non-members and free for Members and will be held in the Carlander Family Room at the Rice County Historical Society located at 1814 NW Second Ave., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 7 pm.

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