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(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Othertimes available by appointment.

“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.

Kids Day Saturday: Holiday Craft Party

Posted on: Nov 27 2023 by admin

Saturday, December 9, at 12pm at the Rice County Historical Society

Come by RCHS for a fun afternoon of crafts and holiday cheer! We will be making ornaments, traditional garland, and more. Come get in the festive spirit with us and help us decorate the RCHS Community Christmas tree!

This event is free to all, we encourage you to call ahead so we can be sure to have enough supplies. Call 507-332-2121 or email us at rchs@rchistory.org

RCHS Annual Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party

Posted on: Nov 27 2023 by admin

Wednesday, December 13, at 6pm at the Rice County History Museum

The Rice County Historical Society will be celebrating our members and volunteers.

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

Holiday Letter Writing with Jeff Sauve

Posted on: Oct 9 2023 by admin

Tuesday November 7, 14, and 21 at 10:30am at the Rice County History Museum

Join as RCHs in welcoming Jeff Sauve as he guides participants through three 90-minute writing sessions that will rekindle joyful recollections and inspire attendees to put pen to paper. Participants will create stories based on their childhood memories of holidays and the holiday season.

Session 1 Topic: Food

Session 2 Topic: Photographs, participants should bring their favorite holiday photograph

Session 3 Topic: Artifacts/Ornaments, participants should bring their favorite holiday ornament or artifact

Jeff Sauve has been featured in the Minneapolis StarTribune, Minnesota Historical Society’s MNopedia, MinnPost, MPR Radio, and TPT television. An award-winning author and historian, Sauve has written eight books and scores of articles for local and regional publications. After serving 20 years as an archivist at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., he pursued a successful writing career. In 2023, his book, Murder at Minnesota Point, was awarded a bronze IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) medallion for Midwest non-fiction.

This program is open to all writing levels. The programs will run on the second Tuesdays of November, the 7th, 14th, and 21st from 10:30am to 12pm. We ask that those looking to participate register in advance. The program is free to members and $5 per session for non-members. To register please call 507-332-2121 or email us at rchs@rchistory.org