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MUSEUM HOURS:
MON - FRI: 10AM - 5PM
Additional Summer Hours:
SAT: 10AM - 2PM
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Othertimes available by appointment.

“Bishop Whipple in the US-Dakota War” with Dave Nichols

Posted on: Jan 24 2023 by admin

Join us on Thursday, February 16, at 7pm at the RCHS Museum

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, 1861

The US-Dakota War saw the expulsion of the Dakota from Minnesota for generations, and resulted from long growing tensions between settlers and native Dakota peoples. Bishop Whipple had long been an advocate for the Native populations of Minnesota and preached for peace between settlers and Native peoples. When the war broke out Whipple found himself torn and pulled from both sides. Labeled a sympathizer by many, he nevertheless rose to the occasion to aid those in need on both sides. Even after hostilities ended, Whipple continued to rally for the Dakota. This presentation will discuss the actions and advocacy of Bishop Whipple in the time surrounding the war. It will look at Whipple’s religious background, his actions during the conflict, and his later support for the Dakota at the state and national levels.


Dave Nichols is the new Executive Director of the Rice County Historical Society. He has been with RCHS since March of 2020 and prior to that worked with Steele and Goodhue County Historical Societies as a contractor, and Scott County Historical Society as Curator until 2021. He was one of the two leads on the re-visited Bishop Whipple exhibit at RCHS. He has been in the field for 7 years and received his training and degrees from Minnesota State Mankato. 

This program is free for RCHS Members and $5.00 for non-members. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a spot, please call the museum at 507-332-2121.

Program: “German POW Camps in the US”

Posted on: Jan 18 2023 by admin

January 26, 2023, at 6 pm

Please join us on Thursday, January 26, at 6 pm for a program on ‘German POW Camps in the United States,” presented by Matt Carter.

German POW Camp next to the Faribault Canning Factory, Faribault, Minnesota, c. 1944.

During World War II, more than 400,000 German prisoners of war were sent to the United States after being captured by Allied forces. These prisoners of war (POW) were sent across the country where they were placed in POW Camps throughout the duration of the war. The U.S. had more than 12-million men and women serve, causing a labor shortage across the country. The POWs were used to offset the labor shortage, working within the nearby communities they were housed in. This presentation will explore the history of the German POW camps that were prevalent throughout Minnesota – including the one in Faribault.

Matt Carter is the Executive Director of the Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS), a position he’s held since January 2016. He works closely with staff and the board of trustees to manage three historic sites within Dakota County: the Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul, the LeDuc Estate in Hastings, and the Sibley Site in Mendota. With more than 10 years in the museum field, he has researched topics ranging from the history of baseball to prisoner-of-war camps in the United States during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public History with a minor in Library Science and a master’s degree in History with a Public History certificate from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

This program is free for RCHS Members and $5.00 for non-members. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a spot, please call the museum at 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.