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United in Thread: The Home Spinning Resurgence of the Civil War

Posted on: Jan 29 2018 by admin

Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 pm
With Amanda Roberts

On Thursday, February 8, at 7 pm, Amanda Roberts, RCHS Curator, will discuss the popularity of home spinning during the Civil War.  She will compare and contrast the factors contributing to and results of home spinning in both the Union and the Confederacy.

Amanda holds a Master of Arts in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. This presentation is based on research she did as a graduate student there. Amanda has been spinning since 2010 and routinely demonstrates at the Rice County Fair, at Montgomery’s Kolacky Days, and for school groups.

The cost of this program is $3.00 for nonmembers and free for members and will be held in the Carlander Family Room at the Rice County Historical Society located at 1814 NW Second Ave., on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 7 pm.

For questions about the event, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.

“The Fog of War: Perceptions and Realities of the US-Dakota War of 1862”

Posted on: Dec 28 2017 by admin

Thursday, January 18
7 pm
With Tim Madigan

Historian/Educator Tim Madigan will offer his PowerPoint presentation about this tragic time in Minnesota history. He will lay out the time-frame and explain various reasons and events leading up to the war, which resulted in the deaths of several hundred settlers, Native Americans and soldiers in 1862 in Minnesota.

This program will be held at the Carlander Family room at the Rice County Historical Society, 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault.  Admission is $3.00/Non-Members. Free for RCHS Members.

Reservations are not needed but are encouraged. To register or find out more information, please call the museum at 507-332-2121.

Note: To learn more about the war, visit: The US-Dakota War of 1862 at MNHS 

A French-Canadian Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House

Posted on: Nov 29 2017 by admin

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 in Faribault.  The historic home will be open to the public on Friday, December 1, 4-7 pm and Saturday December 2, 10 am-3 pm.

Admission is free and open to the public!

The house will be decorated with the French-Canadian holiday traditions of the Faribault family.  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. A French Crèche, or nativity, will be displayed under the tree and include everyday people such as a baker, and a woodsman.

The dining room table will display a hand crocheted table cloth set for Christmas dinner with a candied apple centerpiece made with apples donated by Trumps Orchard.  Docents will give tours and answer questions about the home, as well as the life and times of the Faribault family.

We also invite you to visit the upstairs portion of the house, to 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 Castor, Brand Peony Farm, The Olympia, and Ochs.

Live music is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Program: “Rice County Geology” with Mary Savina

Posted on: Nov 15 2017 by admin

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 7 pm


Glacial erratic stone adjacent to Caron Park, Rice County, MN

Mary Savina, Professor of Geology and Co-Director of Archaeology at Carleton College, will outline the geology of Rice County on Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm, at the Rice County Historical Society, located at 1914 NW Second Ave, Faribault, MN.

Rice County has it all – geologically, speaking.  Not only do we have marine sedimentary rocks from the Ordovician period (450 million years ago, more or less) exposed in eastern Rice County, but the glaciers have delivered us a representative cross-section of all the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks that are otherwise exposed only in areas to our north.  Minnesota’s oldest rocks are more than 3.5 billion years old – the oldest in the U.S. – and our youngest “rocks” are forming right now.  Savina, will have maps and samples in hand as she outlines the geology and discusses how the geology affects vegetation, landscape, and water in Rice County.

The cost for this event is free for members and $2 for nonmembers. Parking for this event is free.

For questions about the event, call the RCHS museum at 507-332-2121.