Wabasha County Historical Society Museum

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum Housed in the oldest surviving brick schoolhouse in Minnesota, the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum in Reads Landing is loaded with history.
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Wabasha County is located in Southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi River. It is considered to be both a part of the Mississippi River Valley, and Mississippi River Bluffs Area. The rich history of this area is evident throughout the county. Prior to 1826, the area of Wabasha was inhabited by the Sioux, led by chief Wa-pa-shaw, who would later give the county and city their names. The city of Wabasha is the county seat and also Minnesota's first and longest continuously inhabited River town. Wabasha was first settled in 1826, becoming an officially recognized city in 1830 with the Prairie du Chien Treaty. This makes Wabasha the oldest city in Minnesota.

WCHS display at Wabasha Public Library
11/07/2019

WCHS display at Wabasha Public Library

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo
10/07/2019

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo

10/03/2019
On the Road: Out on the Mighty Mississippi
06/24/2019
On the Road: Out on the Mighty Mississippi

On the Road: Out on the Mighty Mississippi

Aboard the vessel Cal Fremling, we hear the stories of the “Golden Age of Steamboating” from river historian Robert Taunt.

Rolling Meadows Mennonite School
05/08/2019

Rolling Meadows Mennonite School

05/03/2019
B. Wayne Quist presentation and WCHS Trunk Show
12/02/2018

B. Wayne Quist presentation and WCHS Trunk Show

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation Donates $1,000.00 to WCHS for HVAC repairs.
11/13/2018

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation Donates $1,000.00 to WCHS for HVAC repairs.

11/12/2018
Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo
10/03/2018

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo

10/03/2018
Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo
09/09/2018

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo

Photos from Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's post
09/09/2018

Photos from Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's post

09/09/2018
Knights in Shining Armor Program
09/09/2018

Knights in Shining Armor Program

09/09/2018
07/08/2018
Untitled Album
06/12/2018

Untitled Album

06/06/2018
05/12/2018
New addition to our museum.
05/06/2018

New addition to our museum.

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo
10/10/2017

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum's cover photo

The Chippewa Bottoms Journey
08/14/2017
The Chippewa Bottoms Journey

The Chippewa Bottoms Journey

Mission statement: "To preserve the history of Meridean area and the Lower Chippewa River Valley."

Timeline Photos
07/05/2017

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
05/10/2017

Timeline Photos

Untitled Album
12/04/2016

Untitled Album

Don't forget to give to the MAX
11/17/2016

Don't forget to give to the MAX

Address

70537 206th Ave
Reads Landing, MN
55968

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(651) 343-7072

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My great grandparents, Adam and Louisa (Lowe/Low) Sangster came from Scotland with two young daughters arriving in Wabasha July 4, 1874. They lived in Wabasha for 10 years. I am fairly certain they joined my grandmother's family, Lowe, who had already arrived and settled before them. The Sangsters appear on the 1875 and 1880 census. They had two more children by 1880 and then had another two later. Adam and Louisa and their 6 children left Wabasha for the Dakota territories arriving in Ellisville, South Dakota, Faulk county, in 1884 where they homesteaded and became prominent citizens. I am interested in researching Adam and Louisa's life in Wabasha. I know, per the census, Adam was a farmer. I would like to know if he rented or owned his land and where it might be. The older children are shown on the census as having attended school in Wabasha. I would like to know more about their schooling. I am also trying to learn about the route they might have taken to the Dakota territories from Wabasha. I am also trying to locate any Lowe/Low descendants who might still be in the area. Any help you can give me in search would be most appreciated. Pictures of any kind would be amazing. If I have mistakenly sent this too the wrong organization would you please let me know where to ask for assistance. I am hoping to visit this fall and seeing the area where my family began when they came to this country. Thank you so much for any and all assistance. Have a nice day. Jo-Amrah Sangster Dillingham Alabama
My lovely bride and I enjoy touring museums. During our honeymoon we wanted to tour the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum but to our dismay we discovered they were only open on Saturday and Sunday and we would be unable to tour the museum. Ever the resourceful one, Barb sent the museum an email (from their website) asking if it would be possible to have a private tour. Much to our delight our request was granted and we were rewarded with a 90 minute personal tour by one of the volunteers. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate in presenting the history of the oldest brick schoolhouse in the state of Minnesota. The artifacts and exhibits served as a potent reminder that while technology changes, ingenuity and innovation do not. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!!
My next presentation, "Places That Time Forgot", will be October, 21, 2017, at 10 AM, at the Rassbach Museum, 1820 Wakanda St. NE, Menomonie, WI, 54751. I will be highlighting 16 lesser known locations along the Lower Chippewa River valley so that we don't forget. Sponsored by the Dunn County Genealogical Society. Brian Gabriel