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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

Rice County Fair!

Posted on: Jul 18 2016 by admin

The Rice County Fair is almost here!


Our hours will be different during the fair.

The Museum will be CLOSED on Monday. July 18.
The Museum and Harvest and Heritage Halls will be open on Tuesday, July 19 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The museum and outbuildings (including the church, cabin, school, Harvest Hall, and Heritage Hall) will be open
         Wednesday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
     Saturday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
   Sunday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Please join us during the Rice County Fair to visit our outbuildings; see historic demonstrations of skills like spinning, blacksmithing, quilt making, and more; do our RCHS Museum scavenger hunt; and play games by the log cabin from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM everyday.
In addition, RCHS would love to celebrate its 90th Anniversary with any area residents turning 90 or older in 2016. There will be a celebration in the new Carlander Family Room from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 21.

Admission to the Outbuildings is free during the fair, and admission to the museum is reduced during the fair, with family admission capped at $5.00.

The Research Room will be closed from July 18 – July 24.

Please contact us at 507-332-2121 for more information.

Upcoming RCHS Events

Posted on: Jun 16 2016 by admin

Faribault’s Heritage Days Celebration has started!


The Rice County Historical Society is celebrating Heritage Days in several different ways.




On Saturday, June 18, Jeff Jarvis will be hosting a program called “Alexander Faribault’s Neighborhood.” Jarvis will bring people back to the time of Alexander Faribault, and talk about what the town founder would have been able to see from his porch in 1853, when the house was constructed. People are invited to bring a lawn chair and sit on the front porch of the house while they listen to the program.

Jarvis will present this program at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and participants will need to have a Heritage Days button.

The Alexander Faribault House will also be open (and free) for tours from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the 18th for those with a Heritage Days button.


Flecks Delivery Truck


In addition, the Rice County Historical Society, along with Dean’s Westside Towing, will be showing off the recently acquired Flecks Delivery Truck in the Faribault Heritage Celebration parade. The parade starts at 6:15 PM on Saturday, June 18, and the parade route starts from the Rice County Fairgrounds, goes south on 2nd Avenue, and finishes at Central Park.

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

An Evening Out with the Over and Back Band!

Posted on: May 23 2016 by admin

An Evening Out with the Over and Back



Friday, June 10, 2016

Faribault American Legion

(112 5th St. NE, Faribault, MN 55021)


5:00 PM – Social Hour

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM – The Over and Back Band

8:30 PM – Raffle (need not be present to win)


Join the Rice County Historical Society at the Faribault American Legion on June 10, 2016 for great food, a silent auction of merchandise and services from Rice County businesses, a raffle, and entertainment by the Over and Back Band!

The Over and Back Band was formed in 1991 when the Over and Back variety benefit show, a Prairie Home Companion type show that performed 3-4 times a year in the Rice County area, needed a house band. The Over and Back show lasted for almost 15 years, and the Over and Back Band has been going strong for almost 25 years! Craig Wasner, Steve Jennings, Mike Hildebrandt, and Gordon Oschwald have managed to blend their musical interests to create the unique musical style of the Over and Back Band. Their sound has been described as “electrified gypsy bluegrass meets funky New Orleans rock and roll.” The band will be joined by guitarist and pedal steel player Ken Wilson for this event.

Over and Back Band Photo

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 or from any RCHS Board Member. Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507-332-2121 for more information.

Sponsored by the State Bank of Faribault