Preserving and sharing history  today for tomorrow.

Please take our survey.Here at SCHS we are always trying to improve our game. To help us serve you better, we are conducting a brief survey to understand your interests.

From now until August 1, we will be conducting a brief member survey, which you can find linked prominently on our SCHS homepage, www.steelehistorymuseum.org. Please take a few moments and share your thoughts with us.  All responses are completely anonymous.

The more feedback we get, the better equipped we will be to improve our exhibits and programming and develop new ones to meet emerging needs.

We value your feedback. And we look forward to sharing with you what we learn from the survey results. Thank you!


Upcoming Events


Land Records, Rectangular Land Survey System (July 28, 2016, 7 PM)

A treasure of genealogical information lies in land records that many researchers do not take advantage of. This program will show you how to find deeds and various other items in land records, discusses indexing, the importance of and using maps with land record research, and a detailed explanation of locating the land of your ancestors in the areas where the Rectangular Land Survey System is used. Presenter: Valerie Eichler Lair, Val’s Roots Professional Genealogy Services

For more information click here.

Village of Yesteryear during the Steele County Free Fair (August 16-21, 2016)

Be sure to visit the Village of Yesteryear during the Steele County Free Fair. In addition to the buildings being open to tour, the stage, located in the heart of the Village, will have a wide variety of live music.




Standing Together When Disaster Strikes (September 1, 2016, 7 PM)

blizzardIn the aftermath of a disaster, emergency management and relief workers provide for victims’ basic needs, as well as begin to identify emerging unmet needs. Disaster recovery moves in stages from emergency relief, to short term recovery (up to six months), and finally to long term recovery (years).  Join this round table discussion and hear what they have learned, and how preparedness has changed over the years.


Using Family Search More Effectively (September 6, 2016, noon to 1 PM)

This class will focus on a variety of search techniques for finding records on www.familysearch.org. If you are only using the basic record search form, you may be missing out on additional records of your ancestors. We will discuss and demonstrate techniques that will help you dig deeper into the records available on www.familysearch.org. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch along.



Americana Showcase – The Sudden Lovelys (September 9, 2016, 7 PM)

They get asked all the time “what kind of music do you play?” … Such a difficult question. If they said, “it’s a guy and a girl and we play folk music, and our name is The Sudden Lovelys” … Well, they happen to think that comes across as rather innocent, quiet or more like traditional folk music. Yes, they have some songs that fit into that stereotype, but it only scratches the surface. A lot of their music has no shortage of  teeth and for two people they make a hell of a lot of noise. Click here to purchase tickets.

History Uncorked (September 15, 2016, 7 PM)

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The Story Behind the Photo (September 22, 2016, 7 PM)

Tim Penny will share numerous photos taken during his time representing southern Minnesota in Congress (1982-94). Pictured with Presidents (Reagan, Bush, Clinton), Cabinet members, foreign dignitaries and more, Penny will explain what was happening before (or after) each photo was taken and which issues were being discussed. Penny’s presentation will give the audience an inside look at the life of a Congressman.”



History & Herstory, An Affair to Remember (September 30 to October 1, 2016)

Putting together the pieces of your wedding hsould be as magical as the day you say “I do.”

This shabby chic wedding affair offers a true bridal experience with a farm to table dinner, elegant displays and a feeling of enchantment as vendors cater to your needs.

More information coming soon!