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Upcoming Event at the Rice County Historical Society

Posted on: Dec 30 2015 by admin

Women of Rice County:

1850s to 1920s


The “Women of Rice County” program is back by popular demand!

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RCHS director, Susan Garwood, will present a program on women from Rice County’s past. This program will touch on the Rice County women who were the first homesteading landowners and the 14 women listed as business owners in Faribault in 1880. In addition it will look at the women who took over when their husbands died and finished the work of founding Morristown, the woman who helped found Northfield, and much more.

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Garwood  will discuss Rice County’s female teachers, artists, business owners. homesteaders, and wives whose achievements made Rice County what it is today.


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The Women of Rice County Program will be Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

The program will cost $2.00 for non-members, and is free for members of the Rice County Historical Society!

The Rice County Historical Society is located at 1814 NW 2nd Avenue, Faribault, MN.


Upcoming Events at the Rice County Historical Society

Posted on: Dec 29 2015 by admin

Grand Opening!

Rice County Historical Society

Expansion Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting and Open House. 

The Rice County Historical Society has seen many homes since its inception in 1926. Its first location was in the County Auditor’s office in the old Rice County Courthouse. The County Courthouse burned in 1931.

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The Historical Society moved into the Buckingham Memorial Library when the library was built in 1930. The Society was given 2 exhibit rooms on the 3rd floor of the library. These rooms later became the Children’s Library.

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 It was 1976 before the Historical Society got its own building – a county highway garage building from 1943. The building has undergone renovations since it was acquired by the Historical Society, and the most recent is the expansion at the back of the building. The 3,000 square foot addition consists of a new meeting room with technology to enable presentations, as well as a new collections storage room.

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There will be a ribbon cutting event at the Rice County Historical Society on Saturday, Dec.12 from 2 -4 pm! The ribbon cutting is at 2:30pm, and this event is free and open to the public.

Come see our new meeting room, and tour the new collections room!

We invite the public to come share in our celebration of this new space on Saturday, Dec. 12!


Upcoming Events at the Rice County Historical Society

Posted on: Dec 29 2015 by admin

Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House

What would the Alexander Faribault House have looked like during the Christmas season in the 1850s?


The Faribaults were French-Canadian, and the family would have had a small tree decorated with ribbons and candles, along with a candied apple centerpiece in the dining room, and a traditional apple wreath on the front porch.

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The Rice County Historical Society would love to have you come see this piece of Faribault history come to life at the Faribault House Christmas Open House!

This event is free and open to the public. The Christmas Open House will be held on Friday, Dec. 4th from 4 pm – 7 pm, and on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 10 am – 3 pm. Try French “Christ Cakes” and learn more about the life and times of the Faribault family!

For more information, call 507-332-2121.


Upcoming Events at the Rice County Historical Society

Posted on: Aug 25 2015 by admin



We’re Waiting For You!

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The Rice County Historical Society would like to invite history adventurers young, old, and in between to join us on October 3 from 4pm to 7pm for our third annual A Night at the Museum. Our seasonal celebration has fun for history fans of all ages.  The Museum of History will be open for visitors as will the log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, church, and Harvest and Heritage Halls.  Visitors will be able to see and talk to costumed characters from Rice County’s past.  In addition to the fun, interactive museum experience, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, a fire pit (perfect for roasting hot dogs), and cookies and cider for  sale. At 6pm, join us for a Flashlight Tour of Harvest and Heritage Halls.  You will truly be able to see these exhibits in a whole new light! This event is $2.00 per person, $1.00 for those 12 and under.  Parking is free.  Tickets are available at the door.  This is an event that is perfect for those of all ages!  For more information, call 507-332-2121.

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