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The Dakota 38 and the American Dream

Posted on: Sep 20 2022 by admin

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Join us at the Rice County Historical Society on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm for our program, “The Dakota 38 and the American Dream” with Todd Finney.

Finney will share a telling of history from a First Nations perspective on early American history on the plains. Specifically, he will be discussing the Dakota 38, who were hung in Mankato during the US-Dakota War of 1862, and the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride.

As a descendant of Wahpekute ancestors (the band of Dakota that lived in what is now Rice County), Finney brings a unique perspective on the history of this time period and how it is portrayed.

This program is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center. If you are interested in attending we strongly encourage you to call in advance.

The program will be held at the Rice County Historical Society Museum at 1814 2nd Ave NW., Faribault., MN 55027.

To reserve your seat, please call the RCHS Museum at (507) 332-2121.

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The US-Dakota War: 160th Anniversary

Posted on: Aug 8 2022 by admin

With Tim Madigan

Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 7pm at the Rice County Historical Society

Winter Warrior statute in Mankato
Winter Warrior statute in Mankato

Please join us for a program on the US-Dakota War presented by Tim Madigan, on Thursday, August 25, at 7pm.

Madigan, a lifelong student and former teacher of history, will address a tragic time in Minnesota history that involved a civil war within a civil war. He will lay out the time frame of the war and explain the various events leading up to the US Dakota Conflict, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Native Americans, settlers, and soldiers in 1862 in Minnesota. There will also be a discussion of the leading players and groups in the event.

Madigan is a lifelong student of history. His professional career has spanned public education and management in Minnesota, including teaching classes on the 1960s for the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium and serving as an adjunct instructor at MSU Mankato. Tim lives in the Faribault, MN area.

This little-understood war was the most dramatic event in the history of Minnesota and is worth exploring in more depth.

To reserve your spot please call RCHS at 507-332-2121.

This event is free and open for all thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

Posted on: Aug 8 2022 by admin
Minnesota Twins Logo

Saturday, September 24, 2022 6:10pm, Target Field, Minneapolis

Join RCHS for an evening of fun as the Minnesota Twins take on the Los Angeles Angels. Your ticket buys you a seat in a reserved box at Target Field. Tickets are $50/person. Seats are limited!

Please pick up your tickets prior to the game at the RCHS museum (1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021). To purchase your tickets contact RCHS at 507-332-2121.

Fleck’sTravaganza Weekend

Posted on: Jun 22 2022 by admin

August 19-21, 2022

RCHS's Fleck'sTravaganza Weekend Logo. August 19-21, 2022

Please join us for a weekend filled with Fleckenstein Brewery-focused events.

The Weekend Schedule:

Friday Night:
* 5:15 pm – Car Cruise: Before joining the downtown Car Show, come down to the museum with your car and join a pre-show parade around the city of Faribault. We are asking all drivers to line up by 5:15. The parade will leave promptly at 5:30, escorted by the Faribault Police and the newly restored 1946 Fleckenstein Brewery Delivery Truck.

* 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Downtown Car Cruise-In: Faribault Chamber of Commerce is hosting their monthly Car Cruise-In downtown Faribault

* State Bank of Faribault Fleckenstein Brewery Exhibit Open to the Public during the Car Show

* 10:00 am – Dedication of the new Fleckenstein Bluff Park : To learn more about the park and the City of Faribault’s dedication plans click on the story on KDHL’s website: https://kdhlradio.com/fleckenstein-bluffs-park-is-nearing-completion/ This event is FREE and Open to the Public.

* 1:00 pm – (TICKETED EVENT) “Fleckenstein Brewery, A History” will be presented by long-time Fleck’s collector and historian, Brian Schmidt as well as special guest Al Fleckenstein.  They will share the history of the family and brewery as well as the recently completed restoration of the 1946 Fleck’s Delivery Truck. This event will be held at the Rice County Historical Society at 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN.

* 3:00 pm (TICKETED EVENT) – Tour of the old Fleck’s brewery ruins site Ticket holders will be able to take a tour of the former site of the Fleckenstein Brewery. Please note, although this site is on the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Campus, due to other S-SM events, all guests will need to park in the Tennis Parking Lot. Look for the signs on Shumway Road. Volunteers will also guide you to the right location. (We will NOT be driving through the famed arch for this event.)

Tickets are required for the Saturday program and brewery tour! Due to space limitations at the venue sites, there are only 50 available tickets. The tickets are being sold as a package: for $20 you get entrance to both events as well as one commemorative bottle of Grape Pop produced for this event. All are STRONGLY urged to get your tickets in advance. To purchase tickets, stop out at the museum at 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, or call us at 507-332-2121 to place your order over the phone. Please note, tickets to these two events are only available through the package.

The pop may be purchased separately for $5.00 each.

Please contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507-332-2121 to purchase tickets, purchase pop, or for more information.