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1855 Two-Year Shindig

Posted on: Sep 26 2017 by admin

Sunday, October 1, 2017
1:30 PM

Join Samuel Temple and Logan Ledman for their “Two-Year Shindig,” that commemorates 2 years of production for the Faribault History Series 1855 on Faribault Community Television. At the event, there will be DVDs for sale, fun, special presentations, and a chance to speak with the hosts.

Reservation for this event is not required, but appreciated.  This event will be held in the Carlander Family Room at the Rice County Historical Society. 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault. Please call us at 507-332-2121 for any questions.

Admission for this event is free!

Open Saturdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Posted on: Jun 22 2017 by admin
1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN

RCHS Museum at 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN

The Rice County Historical Society Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, from June 3 through to September 2 (Labor Day Weekend.) The Museum, located at 1814 NW Second Ave., Faribault, has exhibits on many local topics as well as a research center.

A tour of the museum makes a great outing for when relatives or friends visit this summer, grandparents taking care of the grandkids, or just to learn more about the county’s history. The museum will also be open Monday-Friday hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for youths. Youngsters 12 years or under are free.

During the summer and fall, tours of the Alexander Faribault House are available by request. Call the RCHS Museum at 332-2121, to request a tour. The cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children. A 24-hour or greater advance notice for a tour is required in order to line up a volunteer to give the tour.

An Evening Out with the Koopmans Orchestra

Posted on: Jun 2 2017 by admin

Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Faribault American Legion

5pm: Social Hour
6pm: Dinner
7pm: The Koopmans Orchestra will begin

Join the Rice County Historical Society at the Faribault American Legion on Friday, June 9, 2017, for dinner, a silent auction, and entertainment by the Koopmans’ Orchestra, sponsored by the State Bank of Faribault.

The Koopmans’ Orchestra is a locally based band that has history extending back to 1948, when Roger Koopmans of Faribault organized the band while he was still in high school. The original group included up to 16 instrumentalists from the region, and arranged for 4-5 gigs each year. Recently Gary Anderson, a clarinetist who started playing in Koopmans Orchestra at the age of 13, bought the band from Roger. We are excited to have this group share their always-popular Big Band music with us for our fundraising event.  You can listen to some of their recordings here.

During the evening we will also have a silent auction of merchandise and services from area businesses, as well as a raffle. All proceeds will support the Rice County Historical Society’s ongoing programs and activities and help continue to preserve the rich history of Rice County and to share our history with the community. This evening promises to be one you will not want to miss and won’t forget.

Dinner/event tickets are $25.00 each.

We also have a limited number of $100 raffle tickets which include: two dinner/event tickets (a $50.00 value), a 1 in 5 chance of winning your $100 back, and a 1 in 100 chance of winning the grand prize of $1,500. Tickets may be purchased at the museum.

The Faribault American Legion is located at 112 5th St NE, Faribault, MN 55021. For directions to the American Legion click here.

Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507-332-2121 for more information.


Spring Flea Market

Posted on: May 17 2017 by admin

The Rice County Historical Society will be hosting its Spring Flea Market on
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Rain or shine!

Flea Market vendors will bring a great variety of items to shop for including; antiques, collectibles, crafts, glassware, kitchen appliances, wood benches, and more.

The Rice County Historical Society would like to invite vendors of any experience level to sell at the Spring 2017 Flea Market. Spots available are 10’x20’ stalls and can be reserved for $20 prior to the day of the event. If there are any spaces remaining, they will be available for $25 on the day of the event.  You are encouraged to bring a tarp or table, canopy, or whatever necessary to display your items. First time sellers are welcome! Vendors will be able to set up starting at 5:30am.

The Flea Market will be in the Museum’s front parking lot as well as behind the RCHS Museum of History, at 1814 NW 2nd Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. Vendors are invited to reserve a spot for the Flea Market by making a fee payment and completing a Vendor Agreement Form.

The RCHS will have bottled water and coffee available for purchase.  The RCHS Museum of History will be open to the public during the Flea Market free of charge.  There is free parking available for the event.

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