2013 Prep Bowl Inspires Flash Exhibit at Steele County Historical Society

The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) has created a “Flash” Exhibit in response to the OHS Huskies success in attaining the final play-off for the 2013 Prep Bowl Championship. A Flash Exhibit exhibit is intended to be swiftly assembled and responsive to what is going on in the community. In this format we will spend only 7 days sourcing artifacts, finding stories, preparing materials, and assembling the final product. These exhibits will be on display for a limited period of time.

The Prep Bowl Exhibit was the idea of SCHS Archives and Technology Manager, Daniel Moeckly whose brother played on the 1982 team.  “Personally, this exhibit has been important to me. I grew up seeing this history first hand as my brother played on the 1982 team. At the age of 6 I only remember the excitement in the household. As I began to work on the exhibit 7 days ago, I could not imagine that not only would this work bring my brother and I closer, but I would come to understand how monumental this experience was for so many of these Owatonna High School “boys.” Some are destined for college ball, others, perhaps not, but the bond that this team forms in this experience will last their entire lifetime.” said Moeckly.

Here are some interesting facts that were discovered in putting the exhibit together:

  1. Owatonna plays in both the first and the last Prep Bowl in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
  2. Ed Drahiem (1982 Coach) – Pete Drahiem (Ed’s son 1982 Player)
  3. Doug Wanous (1982 player) – (2013 Coach) – Luke Wanous (Doug’s son 2013 player)
  4. Gerald Peterson (1982 Head Coach) – Aaron Peterson (Jerry’s Grandson 2013 player)

SCHS is grateful to the following exhibit contributors for their help in assembling the information and artifacts in the exhibit: Owatonna People’s Press, OHS Museum, Oldenburg Photography, Daryl Hill, Doug Wanous, Ed Drahiem , Matt Skala, Char Ost, Jeff Goergen, Aaron Moeckly, Jane Drahiem, Mike Jensen,  and John Millea.

Since these exhibits are done so quickly, they are also intended to be a way for us to collect our Steele County history as there is no way to get the full story in 7 days. If you visit, be sure to check out the exhibit feedback book that accompanies this exhibit and enter your personal story. “I’m excited to see us tell this story of our modern history. We have a saying around here that “today is tomorrow’s history” and this certainly is an example of that! Everyone at SCHS wishes the team well in their quest for the Championship, and we’re proud to be able to illustrate this local history for all to enjoy.” said SCHS Director, Laura Resler.

The exhibit will be available through December 15th. Huskies (or Indians), past and present, are encouraged to come to the Christmas in the Village, December 6th and 7th (free admission this weekend) to enjoy not only this exhibit, but all the other activities as well. A group picture will be taken at approximately 1:30 on Saturday, December 7th following the OHS Carolers performance at 1 pm. The History Center will be open December 6th from 10 am until 8:30 pm, and on Saturday December 7th from 10 am until 3 pm. Two other exhibits are also on display: “Uncle Sam’s New Deal” and “Steele County: Butter Capitol of the World”. Regular History Center hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am until 4 pm, Thursdays from 10 am until 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm. Regular admission is free for SCHS members and $5 for non-members. For more information, please call 451-1420 and ask for Dan Moeckly.

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