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Navigating State-Wide Online Research Sites (Note the Date Change)

Posted on: Jan 1 2021 by admin

Thursday, January 14, 2021

7:00 pm

(Please note that this program has been changed from January 7 to January 14, 2021.)

Please join Susan Garwood, RCHS Executive Director, for this online program about navigating state-wide research sites.

Local historical societies are the go-to places for local research but, with limited access to museums and libraries due to Covid-19 you need to look online for your research sites. Of course, free sites such as Family Search and WikiTree as well as paid sites such as Ancestry are very good at finding census, birth and death records, and so on. But if you want to know more than their names and basic their vital statistics, you need to dig deeper.

The Rice County Historical Society has given a number of workshops on using Rice County-focused resources but during this online program, Garwood will demonstrate and share some tips to navigating the state-wide resources such as the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub, the Minnesota Official Online Marriage System, and Minnesota Reflections.

Reservations are not necessary. However, to get a link emailed to you directly, please contact the museum at rchs@rchistory.org or call the museum at 507-332-2121.

This program will be held online using Google Meet at https://meet.google.com/gkz-fjfw-dtp.

RCHS Museum Closed – For the Time Being (updated_

Posted on: Nov 28 2020 by admin

As mandated by Minnesota Executive Order 20-99 and 20-100, the Rice County History Center closed at the end of the business day on Friday, November 20th, and will remain closed until at least January 10, 2021.

In Minnesota, Museums are classified as “Indoor Entertainment” and so, during this Dial-Back period, we are closed. For more information on the Executive Order and details about the Stay Safe Plan, click here.

In the meantime, watch our social media feeds and website for digital programs and more!

Online Program: “Preserving Your Family Archives”

Posted on: Nov 2 2020 by admin

Saturday, November 14, 2020: 10:00 am

Join Dave Nichols, Rice County Historical Society Curator, to learn how to preserve your family archives on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 10 am online.

This program will focus on preserving your family history, both digital and physical. Nichols will touch on the best materials to use to keep your photographs and documents safe, as well as ways to properly store digitally scanned photographs and documents. Additionally, he will provide background on the kind of information most people forget to include for future generations, and how to capture your family history in a digital format.

Dave Nichols has 5 years of experience in Collections and Preservation. He received his Master’s degree in History and Museum Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has worked for Steele County and Goodhue County Historical Societies before becoming the Curator at Scott County Historical Society in 2018. He has worked in the University Archives at MSU and has been an advocate for digital collections.  He joined the Rice County Historical Society as its Curator/Assistant to the Executive Director in March 2020.

This program will be held online using Google Meet at: https://meet.google.com/rvv-dmta-zjv .

You can also find that address on the museum’s website,  http://rchistory.org.  For more information, please contact the museum at 507-332-2121.

Online Program – “Wings and Writing: Using Aviation as a Theme”, 10/22/2020

Posted on: Sep 18 2020 by admin

Please join us for this online program, “Wings and Writing: Using Aviation as a Theme” with Lisa M. Bolt Simons on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7 pm.

Lisa M. Bolt Simons, Copyright Jillian Raye Photography.
Lisa M. Bolt Simons, Copyright Jillian Raye Photography

Simons, an avid researcher, has three projects she’s working on that have a common thread: aviation. She’s been working on a book about her dad, a USAF Thunderbird pilot who was killed on December 21, 1972, during a test flight, for almost 20 years. Her most recent projects include a young adult novel about a set of twin teenagers who lose their dad in a plane crash and a screenplay about the WASP, includingFaribault’s own Liz Wall Strohfus. Lisa spent 25 years in the education field as a teacher and Literacy Coach before shifting to full-time writing. You can find more information at www.lisamboltsimons.com.

This program will be held using Google Meet. To reserve a virtual seat and get an email with the link to the program, please contact the museum at 507-332-2121 or email us at rchs@rchistory.org.

You can also access the program by clicking on the link below:

Or, if you prefer to call in with your phone to the number below:
Phone Numbers (US) +1 929-324-1697‬ PIN: ‪904 238 498#

Please note, these two links will not be active until 15 minutes before the program begins.