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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.

The 4th Annual A Night at the Museum

Posted on: Sep 15 2016 by admin

A Night at the Museum!

At the Rice County Historical Society

                                                                                             Saturday, October 8, 2016

                                                                                            4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Come see history brought to life at the Rice County Historical Society! Meet people from Rice County’s past related to the exhibits in the museum and the historic outbuildings behind it.




Experience a lesson from a one-room school teacher, meet an alter guild member at the former Cannon City Episcopal Church, greet a frontier housewife in the log cabin, and go on a flashlight tour of the Heritage and Harvest Halls where artifacts from early Rice County businesses and farming are kept.




Flashlight tours will be offered from 4:15 to 6:30 PM. There will be food and music around a fire ring, tractor-driven hay rides, and a passport clue-hunt for children (with prizes)!




The event is $2.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children under 12. Hotdogs, cider, and cookies will be sold for a minimal extra cost.




The event will take place at the Rice County Historical Society at 1814 NW Second Ave., Faribault, MN 55021.

Call 507-332-2121 for more information.

RCHS Fall Flea Market!

Posted on: Aug 25 2016 by admin

Rice County Historical Society

2016 Fall Flea Market


Saturday, September 10, 2016

5:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Vendor Set Up

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Sale


RCHS Museum of History


during the Flea Market!



Fair Sign - Spring Flea Market

Join us at the RCHS Museum of History for our semi-annual flea market. Shop local crafts, antiques, artwork, collectibles, and far more. The RCHS Museum will be open and free of charge during the flea market.

The Rice County Historical Society is located at

1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021.





10′ x 20′ spots available ahead of time for $20.00

Day of: $25.00 (if space available)


Reserving a spot will require deposit payment AND completion of a Vendor Agreement Form. 


Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507-332-2121 or rchs@rchistory.org for more information and the required forms.

RCHS History Walk and Victorian Clothing Exhibit

Posted on: Aug 8 2016 by admin

RCHS presents their first ever History Walk!


Saturday, August 13, 2016


Participants will be able to discover the hidden history all around them on either a 1.5 mile or 3 mile self-paced walking route that features many historic Faribault sites. The route is self-guided and self-paced, and there will be information stations and volunteers along the route to help you learn more about Faribault’s history!

Route Photo

Walking Path

WHEN: The walk  will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with registration from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Walkers may begin as soon as they complete their registration.

WHERE: Registration will be held near the log cabin on the RCHS grounds. 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN.

COST: The cost is $10.00/person, $5.00/students, and FREE for those 12 and under.

All interested participants over 21 years of age will be entered in a drawing for a FREE pint at the F-Town Brewing Company. (10 winners will be drawn. Must be present to win.)

08-13-2016 History Walk Postcard

Victorian Clothing Exhibit and Program


Temporary Exhibit: July 29 – August 24, 2016


Arleen Roberts will have her collection of Victorian dresses, coats, uniforms, and accessories on display from July 29 to August 24, 2016.

The exhibit is included in the normal museum admission price, and is free for members. RCHS hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Museum will also be open Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM through labor day weekend.


“Antique Clothing” with Arleen Roberts

Thursday, August 11, 2016

7:00 PM

Arleen Roberts will speak about her collection of antique clothing, uniforms, and accessories. Her talk will include information about the collection of Victorian clothing, what influenced style throughout the years, and how the clothing and accessories were made.

The program will be $2.00 for non-members and FREE for members.

Preregistration is encouraged, but not required.

Victorian Clothing Exhibit Postcard

Both Victorian Clothing events will be held in the Carlander Family Room at the RCHS Museum of History. 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021.


Please contact RCHS at 507-332-2121 for more information about these programs