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“History of Czech Immigration and Settlement” with Fred Simon

Posted on: Feb 21 2024 by admin

Thursday, April 18 at 7pm at the Rice County Historical Society Museum

Montgomery, Veseli, and New Prague often form three points of what is called the Czech Triangle. A region between Le Sueur, Scott, and Rice County where many Czech immigrants came to and settled. We invite to come out for a history of Czech Immigration given by Fred Simon.

Fred is a long time member of RCHS, as well as being the President of the New Prague Historical Society and having worked extensively with Czech Heritage Club.

This program is free to members, and $5 for non-members. To reserve your seat please call 507-332-2121 or email us at rchs@rchistory.org

Dakota History Bus Tour: Hocokata Ti Cultural Center

Posted on: Mar 14 2024 by admin

Friday, April 5, 2023 at 12pm; loading at the RCHS History Museum

Join RCHS for a fun day as we learn about the history and culture of the Mdewakanton Dakota. We will be visiting Hocokata Ti in Shakopee, MN where we will have a guided tour of their cultural center and museum.

The bus loads at 12pm and leaves promptly at 12:15pm. We will be leaving from the Rice County Historical Society Museum. We will arrive at 1pm and return by 5pm.

Tickets are $25 per person. This bus tour is limited to 45 people, so reserve your seats soon! 

Kid’s Day Saturday: Wool Fiber Workshop

Posted on: Feb 29 2024 by admin

Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 12pm at the Rice County Historical Society

Join RCHS this month for our wool workshop Kid’s Day! We will have Theresa Bentz out from Get Bentz Farm to show Kids how to process wool from the sheep to usable thread. Then we will head over the Faribault Woolen Mills for a tour of the Mills and see how that thread gets turned into products we use today!

Free to all and open to All Ages! Program held at the Rice County Historical Society Museum. Those interested in attending are strongly encouraged to reserve in advance by calling 507-332-2121 or by emailing us at rchs@rchistory.org

“History of the Bluebirding Recovery Program” with Loren Murphy

Posted on: Feb 21 2024 by admin

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 5:30pm at the Rice County Historical Society Museum

Please join us in welcoming Loren Murphy (“Murph”) to discuss the history and work of the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota. Dating back to the 1970s, this statewide conservation effort has fledged almost 200,000 bluebirds over the course of 10 years. Murph, a resident of Faribault, has been with the organization since the beginning and is a very dedicated bluebirder in his own right. 

The program will cover the history of bluebirding in Rice County as well as information on the process for monitoring the bluebirds (creating trails to place boxes, box construction for nesting, and the data collected to track change from year to year). To give some perspective, in 2022, Rice County fledged 2,297 bluebirds. The most out of any participating county within the Bluebird Recovery Program. 

Murph has a wealth of experience to share from his experience driving countless miles checking nesting boxes to helping bluebirds weather all kinds of conditions. If you would like to learn more about this important conservation work, please call RCHS at 507-332-2121 to reserve a spot. This program is free to Members and $5 for non-members.