Preserving and sharing history  today for tomorrow.

NOTICE: The Restoration & Renovation Series has been cancelled.  There will be no session on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Upcoming Events

 FREE Children’s Programming, Minnesota: Lakes, Loons, Lady Slippers & Legends

Join us for this interactive children’s program on the lakes, loons, lady slippers and legends of Minnesota. Students will learn about the legend of the Princess of Owatonna, the legend of the Lady Slipper, and our state symbols. Kids will Incorporate stories, plays and tactile experience to the topic. The History Detectives program is for Pre-K children and begins at 9:00AM. The Time Travelers program is or kids in K-6 and begins at 6:30 PM. Registration is not required for this program.

History Uncorked: Smoke & Mirrors, the True Story of Prohibition in Steele County

Smoke and Mirrors is the second edition of History Uncorked – our quarterly series that will explore Steele County history in new and fun ways, while enjoying an adult beverage – thus the term “Uncorked”.
Truth be told, America had a drinking problem that started when American colonists brought their thirst for alcohol with them to the New World. The ship Arbella, which arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, had more than 10,000 gallons of wine in its hold for 700 settlers. It also carried three times as much beer as water.
By the year 1919, 33 states had already enacted their own prohibition legislation. Here in Minnesota, our governor, Governor JA Burnquist legislated that each county could decide on their own. This is where the story of prohibition starts in Steele County. Click here for more information.
Vintage & Plant Sale

Back by popular demand, the Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) will be hosting a Vintage and Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Village of Yesteryear Carriage House, 1448 Austin Road, Owatonna. The sale will be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. To donate items please call the Steele County Historical Society at 507/451-1420.

Americana Showcase: Chastity Brown

Throw all genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her – indie, roots & soul, rock, blues & country – they are alright, and also not enough. Chastity Brown writes songs that are carried deep in the American psyche, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, touring Europe, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before her to concoct her powerful sound. She’s been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch and recently made her UK television debut on Later with Jools Holland. Click here for more information. Purchase tickets.