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Fleck’s Brewery Tour – Updated Schedule

Posted on: Apr 18 2017 by admin

The Rice County Historical Society’s Fleckenstein Brewery Walking Tour Event filled up fast, so we have added a third timeslot to our Saturday, April, 22, walking tour at 3 pm. Call quickly to reserve your spot!

A perfect day: as we look at the extended forecast for this coming Saturday, it is going to be a perfect day for the Fleckenstein Brewery walk. For those that have signed up already, don’t forget your camera. There will be two things that you for sure will want to take a picture of, which I can’t tell you what it may be. Expect the unexpected on this walking tour. Thanks to all that help support the Rice County Historical Society’s events and programs.

For more information or to make reservations, call us at 507-332-2121.

Join Us!

Posted on: Mar 14 2017 by admin

RCHS Family Fun Night!

Friday, March 17, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 pm


The games we play today have been around for a long time – played by children decades if not centuries ago. At our Family Fun Night we’ll play games from the past including feather races, string games, hopscotch, and dominoes. You’ll also be dazzled by card tricks. The museum gallery will be open and kids can go on a scavenger hunt for a prize. We’ll also have a photo booth set-up with costumes and props available for the photo. Bring your own camera or smart phone and you can take a selfie or a volunteer can take the photo for you. Since it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, come dressed in green and celebrate your Irish Heritage.

The cost of this Family Friendly event is $3.00 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Popcorn, bottled water, games are all included in the price. Parking for this event is free.

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

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


Story of Storytelling

Posted on: Feb 27 2017 by admin

“The Story of Storytelling”
With Isabell Monk O’Conner

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 7pm

Please Join us at this wonderful program with, professional actor and master Storyteller, Isabell Monk O’Connor.

For as long as humans have been able to speak we have been telling stories. We tell them through novels, poetry, paintings, and song. From prehistoric cave paintings that tell the story of their lives to the Grim brother’s fairytales, stories are what entertain and inform us. Isabell Monk O’Connor will share more about the history of storytelling and tell some wonderful stories as well.

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 even call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

From Internet Movie Database: Isabell Monk

“Isabell Monk [O’Conner] has been seen on many stages in addition to her filmwork. Broadway: Execution of Justice, The Gospel at Colonus; Mabou Mines: The Warrior Ant, King Lear (as Gloucester); The New York Shakespeare Festival; Arena Stage; American Repertory Theatre; The Kennedy Center; Actors Theatre of Louisville; European tour: The Gospel at Colonus; Carnegie Hall; Mixed Blood Theatre: Cut Flowers; The Children’s Theatre Company: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings She has also been awarded several prestigous honors: McKnight Fellow, Fox Fellow, Obie Award, Helen Hayes Award Nominee, Drama Desk Award, Parent’s Choice Honoree for Family. Aside from her acting, Monk is the author of several children’s books…’Hope’ and ‘Family’, picture books for children published by Carolrhoda Books; she also participates in “Creative Storytelling,” public school residency programs. As a teacher, she participates in Neighborhood Bridge at The Children’s Theatre Company and Book Buddies at the Guthrie.

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.