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MON - FRI: 9AM - 4PM
Additional Summer Hours:
SAT: 10AM - 2PM
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Othertimes available by appointment.

“Gaslight Murders” – with Jeff Sauve’

Posted on: Nov 21 2022 by admin

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7pm

Gaslight Murders–Two Minnesota Crimes In The Victorian-era , with Jeff Sauvé

Join award-winning local author and historian Jeff Sauvé for a talk and slideshow about his latest book project  Murder at Minnesota Point.  Based on actual events in the 1890s, the book faithfully retells the story of a nationwide search for one of the country’s first serial killers. In addition, Sauvé will cover an infamous unrelated murder that took place in Faribault during the same time period

The presentation is for mature audiences only.

Registration is not required but is strongly encouraged—To register please call, 507-332-2121

RCHS Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party

Posted on: Nov 23 2022 by admin

Wednesday, December 14th at 6pm at the Rice County Historical Society Museum

Please join us as we celebrate the season-and our volunteers and members. We hope you can make time in your busy holiday schedule to stop by the museum to enjoy some refreshments and so we can thank you for your continued support. Volunteers and Members are the ones who “make it happen” at the Rice County Historical Society. Thank you to all who made it a great year!

This event is free for volunteers and members – both current and those interested in becoming volunteers and/or members.

For more information about this event call (507)332-2121.

15th Annual Alexander Faribault House Christmas Open House

Posted on: Nov 23 2022 by admin

Saturday December 3, 2022 from 11am – 3pm at 12 First Ave. NE, Faribault, MN

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 Saturday December 3, 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

Join us in celebrating our 14th Annual Traditional French-Canadian style Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House at 12 First Ave. NE, Faribault, MN.

The house will be decorated in the French-Canadian traditions of the Faribault family when they lived in the house in the 1850s.

This event is free and open to the public.

“The Myths and Realities of the 1960s” with Tim Madigan

Posted on: Oct 18 2022 by admin

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 7pm at the Rice County Historical Society Museum

UC Berkley – Free Speech March, Fall 1964

Over the past 50+ years, the era of the 1960s has evolved into the “Golden Age” for the post-WWII Baby Boomers. As with all Golden Ages, there are myths associated with the 1960s that contain varying degrees of truth.

The purpose of this program is to examine a few of the myths of “The 60s” through the lens of critical thinking. Some of the myths discussed in the presentation will reference the political orientation of Presidents Kennedy & Nixon, the 1960s as a time of “Peace and Love,” and perceptions related to the Vietnam War, etc.

The program will hopefully provide a novel view of some of the topics of this era.

Tim is a lifelong student of history and a proud Baby Boomer. 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 program is free thanks to a grant by the Minnesota Humanities Center. We strongly encourage reservations, to reserve your seat please call 507-332-2121 or stop into the Rice County Historical Society Museum.