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Upcoming Program

Posted on: Feb 14 2017 by admin

“Footsteps Along the Straight River”

Presented by: Larry Richie
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at 7 pm


The Rice County Historical Society will host a program on stones found along the Straight River presented by Larry Richie.

Did you know the Native American’s used stones as cooking utensils? Larry will share his collection of stones gathered along the Straight River since 2013. He will talk about the process he’s gone through to identify these stones, the barriers he’s met along the way, and how he believes they were made and used.

The cost of the event is $2.00 for Non-RCHS Members/Free for Members. Pre-registration is not required but appreciated.

This event is held in the Rice County Historical Society’s Carlander Family Room. For more information about the event or reserve your spot, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

“A Stitch in Time: Crafts Your Great-Grandmother Knew. Work-shop #1 Drop Spindle Spinning”

Posted on: Jan 18 2017 by admin

“Drop Spindle Spinning”
Presented by: Arlene Roberts

On Thursday, February 9, beginning at 6 p.m., the Rice County Historical Society will host a program on spinning using a Drop Spindle presented by Arlene Roberts.

Spinning yarn from wool is an ancient textile art. Today we think of spinning as something that can only be done with a large and expensive spinning wheel. But for thousands of years, fiber was spun by hand using the simple tool of a drop spindle. A drop spindle looks like a long top and, as it spins, the rotation and gravity pulls the wool, twisting the fiber into yarn. This is an easy and approachable way to learn how to spin. Arlene will also have a spinning wheel that she will demonstrate that night.

The cost of the event is $10.00. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Each attendee will go home with some wool and a their own drop spindle. Pre-registration is required.

This event is held in the Rice County Historical Society’s Carlander Family Room. For more information about the event or reserve your spot, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

Rice County Musicians Brainstorming Meeting

Posted on: Jan 6 2017 by admin

Rice County Musicians Brainstorming Meeting
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m.

All professional musicians in and from Rice County, Minnesota past and present. Professional, in this case, meaning (play for pay).

A brainstorming discussion is being held to explore and facilitate the history of Dance Halls, Supper Clubs, Honky-Tonks and Bars in Rice County, Minnesota and the musicians and bands from Rice County, Minnesota that played in them.

Please note: This DOES NOT include church groups, organizational or school bands. This DOES include any immediate relatives of a deceased musician from Rice County.

Please RSVP the Rice County Historical Society at 1814 NW 2ndAve., Faribault, Minn. Phone: (507) 332-2121 or email Susan Garwood at sgarwood@rchistory.org

10th Annual French-Canadian Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House

Posted on: Dec 2 2016 by admin

christmas-at-the-faribault-house-2016The Rice County Historical Society’s
10th Annual
French-Canadian Christmas
Alexander Faribault House

Friday, Dec. 2: 4-7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 3: 10 am – 3 pm

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 at 12 NE 1st Ave. in Faribault. The historic home will be open to the public on Friday, December 2, 4-7 pm and Saturday December 3, 10 am-3 pm. For this special event, admission is free!

The house will be decorated with the French-Canadian holiday traditions of the Faribault family.christmas-at-the-faribault-house-2016-3 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. The dining room table will be set for dinner with a candied apple centerpiece made with apples donated by Trumps Orchard.

The upstairs portion of the house you can 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 Caster, Brand Peony Farm, The Olympia, and more.

There will also be a special treat of  cookies, and cider. Docents will give tours and answer questions about the home, as well as the life and times of the Faribault family. Live music is scheduled for Friday.