Facility Rental

Searching for the perfect place for your next meeting or event, the Steele County History Center offers versatile space for your next meeting or social event. Our professional and friendly staff will make your rental experience a pleasure as they customize each rental to your particular needs.

IMG_1390Offering more than 2,500 square feet of beautiful and unique settings for any meeting or event. Whether you use our Wenger Room with natural light, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, the Lange Theatre, our Exhibit Hall or our 1,100 sq. ft. patio, the staff at the SCHC will make your event shine.


At the Steele County History Center, your meeting or event will enjoy:

  • a dedicated service team including an experienced Meetings and Special Events Manager
  • a Meetings Concierge for after hour events
  • high-tech support including high-speed wireless Internet access, audio-visual capabilities
  • full-service catering kitchen
  • exhibit hall

At the Steele County History Center, we are dedicated to ensuring your event, whether it is 14917089_10154184386213981_5416089373415123677_ofamily, business, club/civic organization, service group, committee, church or an employee, will be successful.

For room rental information, please contact Stephanie Kibler, 507/451-1420, ext. 5

Room Capacity

  • Wenger Room – seats up to 140 at round tables or 250 theater-style
  • Lange Theater – seats 34-40 theater style with accommodations for table seating
  • SACO Church – seats 65
  • Picnic shelter/playgrounds south of facilities – rental of shelter through Owatonna Park & Rec Department

Ask us about renting the Atrium, the Dunnell House or the Carriage House!

Unique Dining Experience

Whether you are getting together for a special family occasion, important business dinner, or proposing on bended knee – private dining is something you must experience. The Dunnell House allows for a unique and intimate setting with a menu  that is customized to your exact needs. There is nothing like it!


You Said Yes! Weddings in the Village of Yesteryear

Looking for that special place to hold your wedding ceremony? Built in 1891 and furnishedPicture3 with its original artifacts, the warm and intimate Saco Church, nestled in the Village of Yesteryear, offers a simple, yet classic wedding venue ensuring your wedding day will be truly memorable.

The St. Wenceslaus of Moravia Catholic Church was originally built seven miles southwest of Owatonna in 1891. More than a century ago, it served as a center for the early Catholic immigrants from Czechoslovakia. The church was a mission church and was first served by priests from Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna. The altar in the church was purchased in 1910 and moved by horse and wagon to the church from the train station in Pratt. The parish closed in 1952 due to a declining membership. Through the efforts of Father Kasal, then the priest of Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna, the church and all its contents were given to the Steele County Historical Society. It was moved to the Village in 1962. The church today is a special reminder of the religious heritage of Steele County and is completely furnished with its original artifacts.

The Gazebo in the Village of Yesteryear

In addition to the Saco Church, the Gazebo in the Village of Yesteryear provides a quaint location for your outdoor wedding. The lush lawn offers the perfect spot for your guests.

History Center

Looking for a modern facility for your special day? The History Center Atrium or Patio are wonderful locations for your special day.

The History Center also offers the perfect spot for your wedding reception and dance. The large Atrium with travertine floors and vaulted ceilings create a unique dance experience, while the Wenger Room with floor to ceiling windows provides a beautiful setting for your reception.

 Wedding Contract PDF