Washington County Historical Society

The Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of the county and state of Minnesota.

The Washington County Historical Society is looking for additional homes to join our annual Historic Home Tour on Sunday...
07/11/2019

The Washington County Historical Society is looking for additional homes to join our annual Historic Home Tour on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Stillwater. Connect with us here or at (651) 439-5956 if you or someone you know may be interested!

This event supports the mission of the Washington County Historical Society.

Another great photo has been donated to the Historical Society collection. This is the 7th grade class at St. Michaels S...
07/07/2019

Another great photo has been donated to the Historical Society collection. This is the 7th grade class at St. Michaels School in Stillwater - 1961. Mrs. Welshons was the teacher. Do you know any of these people?? Let us know!!

Tickets are now available! Don't miss out on your chance to tour spaces of the Warden's House not usually seen by the pu...
06/28/2019

Tickets are now available! Don't miss out on your chance to tour spaces of the Warden's House not usually seen by the public. PLUS, it's all done with flashlights while hearing about ghost lore :) http://www.wchsmn.org/flashlight-tours/

06/23/2019

The Washington County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Associate Warden Victor Wanchena at the Historic Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater [602 N. Main Street]. This exciting and free presentation will dive into the evolution of corrections in Minnesota. Today, Sunday June 23rd, at 2pm.

Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps finishes up one last project at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. The doors of ...
06/19/2019

Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps finishes up one last project at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. The doors of the historic school have been refinished. Almost makes you want to attend school year round!!

The 12th annual Hay Lake Beer Tasting event in Scandia was a great success!! Thank you to the volunteers, Lions Club, al...
06/16/2019

The 12th annual Hay Lake Beer Tasting event in Scandia was a great success!! Thank you to the volunteers, Lions Club, all the breweries and most importantly the guests that cam to support the Historical Society!! Join us next year - Saturday June 20, 2020!!

The crew from the Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps just finished a three day hutch at the Hay Lake School Museum!! Gr...
06/15/2019

The crew from the Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps just finished a three day hutch at the Hay Lake School Museum!! Great job...

Hay Lake School Museum beer tasting event tomorrow, 4pm to 7pm. Great local brews, jazz band and some vintage Base Ball ...
06/14/2019

Hay Lake School Museum beer tasting event tomorrow, 4pm to 7pm. Great local brews, jazz band and some vintage Base Ball earlier in the day!! Join us in Scandia for fun, friends and for a fantastic Historical Society!! Call 651-433-4014 for more information!!

Washington County Historical Society
05/29/2019

Washington County Historical Society

Thanks to all the volunteers who began freshening up our gardens today at the Warden’s House. We learned how to prune ...
05/25/2019

Thanks to all the volunteers who began freshening up our gardens today at the Warden’s House. We learned how to prune lilac bushes and identify native plants, just to name a few!

Interested in helping maintain our new gardens? Come be a part of the garden team! Contact [email protected] or call (651) 439-5956

The weather tomorrow is shaping up to be wonderful! Come spend the morning with us outside freshening up the yard around...
05/24/2019

The weather tomorrow is shaping up to be wonderful! Come spend the morning with us outside freshening up the yard around the Historic Warden's House.

This is a great opportunity for scouting groups and individuals alike! Volunteers of all ages and skill level are welcome.

The Warden's House Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages to help clean-up the gardens on Saturday, May 25 from 9am-Noon. No previous gardening experience required.

If you have gloves and garden tools, bring them along. Among the morning activities, we’ll be clearing out weeds, removing buckthorn, and planting native plants.

No need to RSVP, questions can be directed to [email protected]

We are thankful for the expertise and guidance of the Washington County Master Gardeners, U of MN for this project.

Here are the leaders in Washington County History!! This is the Board of the Washington County Historical Society. Stand...
05/17/2019

Here are the leaders in Washington County History!! This is the Board of the Washington County Historical Society. Standing, left to right: Joe Otte, Becky Pung, Mike Wilhelmi, Karlene McComb, Myron Anderson, Holly Fitzenberger, Tom Simonet. Seated, left to right: Ryan Collins, Sheila Hause, Dave Lindsey & Angie Noyes!!

The Warden's House Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages to help clean-up the gardens on Saturday, May 25 from 9a...
05/10/2019

The Warden's House Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages to help clean-up the gardens on Saturday, May 25 from 9am-Noon. No previous gardening experience required.

If you have gloves and garden tools, bring them along. Among the morning activities, we’ll be clearing out weeds, removing buckthorn, and planting native plants.

No need to RSVP, questions can be directed to [email protected]

We are thankful for the expertise and guidance of the Washington County Master Gardeners, U of MN for this project.

Washington County History Network at Gammelgarden in Scandia, MN today!!
05/06/2019

Washington County History Network at Gammelgarden in Scandia, MN today!!

Today is the day!! The Hay Lake School and Erickson Log House open for the season. Come and say "hi" to the new site man...
05/04/2019

Today is the day!! The Hay Lake School and Erickson Log House open for the season. Come and say "hi" to the new site manager, Katie Hutton, and take a step back in time to see how generations learned to learn!! Open 1-4pm, just south of Scandia -- call 651-433-4014 for more information!!

Warden's House Museum in Stillwater opens for the season today!! Come and visit from 1-5pm. Call for more information at...
05/02/2019

Warden's House Museum in Stillwater opens for the season today!! Come and visit from 1-5pm. Call for more information at 651-439-5956!!

Washington County Historical Society was present at this years annual Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum [MALHM]...
04/26/2019

Washington County Historical Society was present at this years annual Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum [MALHM] conference held at the Treasure Island Hotel in Welch, MN. Great information, sessions and mixers. Record attendance!!

Come sneak a peek of what the museum has to offer for 2019 at our Annual Spring Open House. Our newest exhibit will dive...
04/22/2019

Come sneak a peek of what the museum has to offer for 2019 at our Annual Spring Open House. Our newest exhibit will dive into a day in the life of a convict at the Stillwater Prison during the turn of the century.

Enjoy fresh coffee and sweet punch while sampling delicious treats at this free event! Live music from students of Mary Allen will be fill the space.

602 North Main Street, Stillwater, MN 55082

Here's a little April Fool's Day fun from the past!!
03/31/2019

Here's a little April Fool's Day fun from the past!!

Washington County Historical Society
03/26/2019

Washington County Historical Society

Internships availableThe Washington County Historical Society is offering internships for post-secondary education.The i...
03/24/2019

Internships available

The Washington County Historical Society is offering internships for post-secondary education.
The internship program is designed to introduce students to the workings of a regional history museum and the interpretive educational process. The internship provides a rare opportunity to directly apply academic skills and training in a unique working environment, as well as provide exposure to a career as a history museum professional.

The intern should have good English skills, communication skills, be reliable and able to work both as a team member and independently. S/he should have creativity, pay attention to detail, present him/herself well, and enjoy working with the public. General history knowledge and museum work a plus.

The internship is a mixture of training and hands-on experience. The intern will be invited to learn about day-to-day operations of a small history museum, including lectures, research facilities, exhibit display and design, collections care and preservation of artifacts. The intern will assist staff in researching and developing an interpretive guided tour for visitors. Opportunities will be offered to attend to board meetings, participate in fundraising activities, assist with Society sponsored events and contribute to the quarterly newsletter.

The internships are open to all undergraduate college students majoring in the history field or like major. Please send application letter, resume, and references by May 1, 2019 to: Washington County Historical Society c/o Internship Committee, P.O. Box 167 Stillwater, MN 55082 or via email at: [email protected]. For more information call 651-439-5956

Clyde Doepner the Minnesota Twins Curator was the featured speaker at the WCHS Annual meeting last evening at the Lowell...
03/22/2019

Clyde Doepner the Minnesota Twins Curator was the featured speaker at the WCHS Annual meeting last evening at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater. A great crowd listening to great stories from the past!!

Extra special day today with the donation of items from the Robertson/Staples family of Stillwater. Dresses, bonnets and...
03/16/2019

Extra special day today with the donation of items from the Robertson/Staples family of Stillwater. Dresses, bonnets and the Civil War coat worn by Captain John J. Robertson. All have been returned "home" by the family!!

Tomorrow the members of the John J. Robertson family will be donating Captain Robertson's Civil War frock coat and other...
03/15/2019
Civil War soldier’s uniform will return to Stillwater

Tomorrow the members of the John J. Robertson family will be donating Captain Robertson's Civil War frock coat and other family items to the Washington County Historical Society.

Thank you to Mary Divine of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for a wonderful article in today's paper!!

https://www.twincities.com/2019/03/15/civil-war-soldiers-uniform-will-return-to-stillwater/

When Capt. John J. Robertson — of Company C, 8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry — returned home to Stillwater after the Civil War, he brought his uniform. The black wool frock with gold buttons has b…

The Washington County Historical Society is proud to announce its featured speaker for the Historical Society’s annual...
03/05/2019
2019 Annual Meeting | Washington County Historical Society

The Washington County Historical Society is proud to announce its featured speaker for the Historical Society’s annual meeting is the Minnesota Twins Curator Clyde Doepner. Join us for Dinner and a Program on Thursday, March 21st.

More details and to make a reservation visit: http://www.wchsmn.org/2019-annual-meeting/

The Washington County Historical Society is proud to announce its featured speaker for the Historical Society’s annual meeting is the Minnesota Twins Curator Clyde Doepner. 

WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson, at right, met new  Minnesota Historical Society Director & CEO Kent Whitworth at...
03/01/2019

WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson, at right, met new Minnesota Historical Society Director & CEO Kent Whitworth at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis during a MNHS North Star Circle Open House.

We found the bear - will it lead to other historical discoveries?? Thanks to Mary Divine for the great article in today'...
02/17/2019
They found the polar bear. But where’s the rest of the Stillwater lumberman’s wild collection?

We found the bear - will it lead to other historical discoveries?? Thanks to Mary Divine for the great article in today's Pioneer Press!

https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/17/they-know-where-the-polar-bear-is-but-wheres-the-rest-of-the-stillwater-lumbermans-vast-collection/

George Atwood’s collection of exotic taxidermied animals, weapons and other artifacts was so extensive that he built a museum to house it.

You never know what is going to make it to the Historical Society. Checking the mail box we found these postcards of the...
02/15/2019

You never know what is going to make it to the Historical Society. Checking the mail box we found these postcards of the old Stillwater Prison that were donated by the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington! Thank you to our friends there!!

The Washington County Historical Society will be closed Wednesday & Thursday January 30th & 31st -- stay home and stay w...
01/29/2019

The Washington County Historical Society will be closed Wednesday & Thursday January 30th & 31st -- stay home and stay warm!!

Washington County Historical Society
01/20/2019

Washington County Historical Society

Another Ice Cream Social in Lowell Park!! What a beautiful day to enjoy ice cream, award winning chili, root beer coffee...
01/20/2019

Another Ice Cream Social in Lowell Park!! What a beautiful day to enjoy ice cream, award winning chili, root beer coffee & hot chocolate!! The bonfire was perfect and the people were fantastic!! Thank you to Leo's Grill & Malt shop, Tin Bins, Daily Grind, Lift Bridge & Maple Island breweries for root beer, Discover Stillwater and Johnny's TV.....so much fun on a cold winter day!!

Saturday January 19th - Mulberry Point in Stillwater's Lowell Park -- the Ice Cream Social -- no matter the temperatures...
01/13/2019

Saturday January 19th - Mulberry Point in Stillwater's Lowell Park -- the Ice Cream Social -- no matter the temperatures!! From noon to 4pm -- come on down!!

Congratulations to the WCHS Vice President of the Board of Directors Ryan Collins for becoming a Stillwater Council memb...
01/09/2019

Congratulations to the WCHS Vice President of the Board of Directors Ryan Collins for becoming a Stillwater Council member tonight!!

Washington County Historical Society
01/03/2019

Washington County Historical Society

Happy New Year!!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year!!

Sledding the old fashioned way -- an 1887 studio portrait of Kate Chattington on her sled -- we will have to do the same...
12/21/2018

Sledding the old fashioned way -- an 1887 studio portrait of Kate Chattington on her sled -- we will have to do the same thing this year as there is no snow!! Enjoy another Minnesota Winter!!

The Washington County Historical Society combines fun with learning - learning about our great heritage both in the comm...
12/18/2018

The Washington County Historical Society combines fun with learning - learning about our great heritage both in the communities, the county and state!! From Beer Tastings to Ice Cream Social's in the winter time -- you can find most everything at the Washington County Historical Society....and that hopefully will include YOU!! Join the Historical Society today....you can join online at our website, www.wchsmn.org or print out the membership form here and just send it in....and you will be a part of preserving our history!!

Washington County Historical Society's cover photo
12/14/2018

Washington County Historical Society's cover photo

Let us never forget Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 a day that will live in "infamy"
12/07/2018

Let us never forget Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 a day that will live in "infamy"

Washington County Historical Society
12/05/2018

Washington County Historical Society

Address

602 N Main St
Stillwater, MN
55082

General information

The Washington County Historical Society serves as a historical umbrella for the county's history organizations and acts as a community resource for individuals and organizations seeking historical information. The Society: - operates two interpretive museums showcasing county heritage, - provides educational programs to schools and to the public, - assists researchers to document their own, county, and state history, - provides expertise to help community groups conserve collections and produce exhibits, - investigates and publishes county history, -collects and preserves cultural artifacts and documents for future generations, and - showcases county history through exhibits and displays throughout the county. WCHS works with other community groups to facilitate local discussions on history and provide advertising and networking for each other's projects. The ultimate goal is to provide the opportunity for all county residents to learn about and enjoy their area's history and build a sense of community heritage.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 15:00 - 21:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(651) 439-5956

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