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Museum Closed 2/25/2019 due to weather

Posted on: Feb 25 2019 by admin

This year is certainly proving to be a historic one – at least in terms of snowfall and school closings. This weekend’s blizzard has driven the snow plows off the road. They expect to be back at work (thank you, brave snowplow drivers) by the early morning, but don’t expect that all the rural roads will be cleared. The schools have closed for tomorrow, Monday, February 25.

As per our policy to follow the Faribault School District’s lead, the Rice County Historical Society Museum will be closed as well. If you have any questions, please email our director at sgarwood@rchistory.org. Thank you. Stay safe.

Tonight! Feb. 21 at 7 pm

Posted on: Feb 21 2019 by admin

Play “I Spy” at the Museum

Posted on: Feb 15 2019 by admin

 Monday, Feb. 18th 9-4pm

Are you looking for something fun for kids to do when there is no school on Monday, President’s Day 2019? Kids, families and friends are invited to the Rice County Historical Society Museum for a fun “I Spy” challenge. Participants will be asked to find a variety of kid friendly objects in the museum. Plus, as an added bonus, you can also “Spy” and touch and learn with hands-on displays in the “Electrifying Minnesota” traveling exhibit. Completed “I Spy” forms will earn a prize.

In the traveling exhibit, “Electrifying Minnesota” you can discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Learn what people thought about electricity in the late-19th and early-20th centuries and how we will generate it in years to come. Period silent films, photography and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes our lives as Minnesotans. This exhibit was created by The Baaken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. The Rice County Historical Society staff has complement the exhibit with the local history on electrifying Rice County

We will be open our regular hours from 9 to 4pm it will take 1- 1 ½ hours to play. No reservation is needed to play the game, if you played last time- there will be new challenges!

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

Electrifying Minnesota Now on Exibit

Posted on: Dec 13 2018 by admin

“Electrifying Minnesota,” a new traveling exhibit at the RiceCounty Historical Society will open on Thursday, December 13, 2018, and be free and open to the public that day. The exhibit illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for well over100 years.

Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch. Discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Learn what people thought about electricity in the late-19th and early-20th centuries and how we will generate it in years to come. Period silent films, photography and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes our lives as Minnesotans.

This exhibit was created by The Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is on temporary loan through early April 2019, from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota. Rice County Historical Society staff will complement the exhibit with the local history on electrifying Rice County

The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

The Minnesota History Center is part of the Minnesota Historical Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing.

The exhibit will remain open through early April 2019, during which regular admission rates will apply.  

For questions or more information, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.