Winona County Historical Society

Winona County Historical Society The Winona County Historical Society operates The Winona County History Center in downtown Winona, M Winona County History Center museum and archives admission is $5 adults, $3 students, free for WCHS members, children 7 and younger, students doing research projects.

The Art Gallery and Museum Shop are always free to explore! WCHS museums are also Blue Star Museums offering free admission to military members and their families May 15 - Labor Day annually.

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Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a Winona County Historical Society walking tour on...
10/29/2021

Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a Winona County Historical Society walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 30 or Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. For this last walking tour weekend of the season WCHS takes you on a special Halloween downtown walking tour with some haunted and Halloween history mixed in. Brush up on your local trivia for prizes!

Tours start and end at the History Center, are an hour long and cost $10 or $6 for members. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Best for ages 13 and up. Sponsored by WNB Financial.

Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a Winona County Historical Society walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 30 or Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. For this last walking tour weekend of the season WCHS takes you on a special Halloween downtown walking tour with some haunted and Halloween history mixed in. Brush up on your local trivia for prizes!

Tours start and end at the History Center, are an hour long and cost $10 or $6 for members. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Best for ages 13 and up. Sponsored by WNB Financial.

Photo of the model for the sculpture of Princess Wenonah by Isabel Moore Kimball.  The statue was erected in Central Par...
10/28/2021

Photo of the model for the sculpture of Princess Wenonah by Isabel Moore Kimball. The statue was erected in Central Park on August 6, 1902. It was moved several times. In the 1990s it was placed in Windom Park.
#waybackwednesday

Photo of the model for the sculpture of Princess Wenonah by Isabel Moore Kimball. The statue was erected in Central Park on August 6, 1902. It was moved several times. In the 1990s it was placed in Windom Park.
#waybackwednesday

Thanks to EnerChange and the Center for Energy and Environment for grant monies and a rebate for a LED light fixture con...
10/27/2021

Thanks to EnerChange and the Center for Energy and Environment for grant monies and a rebate for a LED light fixture conversion. Bauer Electric installed new LED lights in the Slaggie Family Lobby of the History Center. The new lights offer energy and replacement savings and create a brighter space.

Thanks to EnerChange and the Center for Energy and Environment for grant monies and a rebate for a LED light fixture conversion. Bauer Electric installed new LED lights in the Slaggie Family Lobby of the History Center. The new lights offer energy and replacement savings and create a brighter space.

Welcome Tove!Tove Wiggs has officially joined the WCHS staff this fall. She will be sharing her many talents by working ...
10/27/2021

Welcome Tove!
Tove Wiggs has officially joined the WCHS staff this fall. She will be sharing her many talents by working in various capacities with facilities cleaning & management, the Museum Shop and expanding Online services.

Welcome Tove!
Tove Wiggs has officially joined the WCHS staff this fall. She will be sharing her many talents by working in various capacities with facilities cleaning & management, the Museum Shop and expanding Online services.

Stansfield Knitting Mills1012 West 5th StreetPhotograph of people waiting in line for nylon stockings.  This was not a w...
10/26/2021

Stansfield Knitting Mills
1012 West 5th Street

Photograph of people waiting in line for nylon stockings. This was not a war project, just a change over from silk manufacturing to nylon stockings. #memorymonday

Stansfield Knitting Mills
1012 West 5th Street

Photograph of people waiting in line for nylon stockings. This was not a war project, just a change over from silk manufacturing to nylon stockings. #memorymonday

Garvin Heights SchoolSchool District 2611, Garvin Heights, closed in 1969 and its 20 students that were enrolled there c...
10/22/2021

Garvin Heights School
School District 2611, Garvin Heights, closed in 1969 and its 20 students that were enrolled there consolidated with the Winona District 861. The building sold for $157 in 1970.
#ThrowbackThursday

Garvin Heights School
School District 2611, Garvin Heights, closed in 1969 and its 20 students that were enrolled there consolidated with the Winona District 861. The building sold for $157 in 1970.
#ThrowbackThursday

1898 photograph of Dakota Indians standing in front of teepees.  Pictured are Little Sunday, Eagle Elk, Prairie Dog#memo...
10/19/2021

1898 photograph of Dakota Indians standing in front of teepees. Pictured are Little Sunday, Eagle Elk, Prairie Dog
#memorymonday

1898 photograph of Dakota Indians standing in front of teepees. Pictured are Little Sunday, Eagle Elk, Prairie Dog
#memorymonday

170 Years Ago Today:Steamers like the Nominee carried people, mail and goods where there were no roads. The Mississippi ...
10/15/2021

170 Years Ago Today:

Steamers like the Nominee carried people, mail and goods where there were no roads. The Mississippi River was a main watery highway.

Captain Orrin Smith ran the Nominee
between Galena Ill. and Fort Snelling. Smith was witness to the fact that towns were springing up along the river, much to the enrichment of speculating landowners.

On October 15, 1851 he secured his place in local history as the founder of Winona, by landing his ship’s carpenter, Erwin Johnson, and two others with the purpose of claiming land that was the site of a Dakota village, Keoxa. With the signing of the Treaty of Mendota and a fight with an earlier settler, Willard Bunnell, Keoxa became Winona.

Over 3000 Euro-Americans and other immigrants became Winonans within the first year. Germans, Polish, Norwegians and others found work and new opportunities in the lumber mills, wheat mills, rich rural farmland and other businesses that a new community needed.

170 Years Ago Today:

Steamers like the Nominee carried people, mail and goods where there were no roads. The Mississippi River was a main watery highway.

Captain Orrin Smith ran the Nominee
between Galena Ill. and Fort Snelling. Smith was witness to the fact that towns were springing up along the river, much to the enrichment of speculating landowners.

On October 15, 1851 he secured his place in local history as the founder of Winona, by landing his ship’s carpenter, Erwin Johnson, and two others with the purpose of claiming land that was the site of a Dakota village, Keoxa. With the signing of the Treaty of Mendota and a fight with an earlier settler, Willard Bunnell, Keoxa became Winona.

Over 3000 Euro-Americans and other immigrants became Winonans within the first year. Germans, Polish, Norwegians and others found work and new opportunities in the lumber mills, wheat mills, rich rural farmland and other businesses that a new community needed.

Join us on a Walking Tour this weekend! $10 per person or $6 for members. Leaving from the History Center...Saturday 10:...
10/14/2021

Join us on a Walking Tour this weekend! $10 per person or $6 for members. Leaving from the History Center...
Saturday 10:30 AM - Downtown Winona
Sunday 1 PM - Windom Park Historic District

Join us on a Walking Tour this weekend! $10 per person or $6 for members. Leaving from the History Center...
Saturday 10:30 AM - Downtown Winona
Sunday 1 PM - Windom Park Historic District

A huge thank you to all for a wonderful Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk! Over 700 people enjoyed Scandals, Scoundrels...
10/12/2021

A huge thank you to all for a wonderful Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk! Over 700 people enjoyed Scandals, Scoundrels and Skullduggery this past weekend and over 500 area students and teachers during the week. THANK YOU! We will let you know when DVDs are available in the Museum Shop.

Happening now at Woodlawn! ...until 5 p.m. and again Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. - Scoundrels, Scandals, and Skulduggery at th...
10/09/2021

Happening now at Woodlawn! ...until 5 p.m. and again Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. - Scoundrels, Scandals, and Skulduggery at the Voices from the Past! Sponsored by Merchants Bank.

Happening now at Woodlawn! ...until 5 p.m. and again Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. - Scoundrels, Scandals, and Skulduggery at the Voices from the Past! Sponsored by Merchants Bank.

The Voices From the Past is this weekend, Noon - 5 p.m. each day at Woodlawn. Admission is taken at the gate, $10 adults...
10/08/2021

The Voices From the Past is this weekend, Noon - 5 p.m. each day at Woodlawn. Admission is taken at the gate, $10 adults, $5 Students, $3 youth 4 -12. Let about 90 minutes to see all the sites, but go at your own pace and in any order you choose. Plan your visit at www.winonahistory.org/to-do

Nussloch & Son StoreFirst gas pump in Lewiston#waybackwednesday
09/30/2021

Nussloch & Son Store
First gas pump in Lewiston
#waybackwednesday

Nussloch & Son Store
First gas pump in Lewiston
#waybackwednesday

Just a few more days of The Art of Fine Furniture 2021. Many pieces are for sale. This amazing show is on through Saturd...
09/28/2021

Just a few more days of The Art of Fine Furniture 2021. Many pieces are for sale. This amazing show is on through Saturday only! Don't miss it! Sponsored by WNB Financial.

Just a few more days of The Art of Fine Furniture 2021. Many pieces are for sale. This amazing show is on through Saturday only! Don't miss it! Sponsored by WNB Financial.

The C.C.C. Camp in East Winona, circa 1939.  Burlington Bridge is in the background.  #waybackwednesday
09/23/2021

The C.C.C. Camp in East Winona, circa 1939. Burlington Bridge is in the background. #waybackwednesday

The C.C.C. Camp in East Winona, circa 1939. Burlington Bridge is in the background. #waybackwednesday

We will be talking about The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Laveen. Tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. Led by Audrey Gorny. #bookch...
09/21/2021

We will be talking about The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Laveen. Tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. Led by Audrey Gorny. #bookchat

We will be talking about The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Laveen. Tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. Led by Audrey Gorny. #bookchat

WCHS Book Chat is back! Please pre-register as space is limited and wear a mask. Sept. 22 - The Secrets of Mary Bowser, ...
09/18/2021

WCHS Book Chat is back! Please pre-register as space is limited and wear a mask.

Sept. 22 - The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Laveen
Based on the remarkable true story of a freed African-American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates.

Oct. 27 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
As MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, 77 year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set.

WCHS Book Chat is back! Please pre-register as space is limited and wear a mask.

Sept. 22 - The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Laveen
Based on the remarkable true story of a freed African-American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates.

Oct. 27 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
As MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, 77 year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set.

Horse drawn fire engine Number 2The man sitting on the the right side of the wagon next to the dog is Lt. Herman Seebold...
09/16/2021

Horse drawn fire engine Number 2
The man sitting on the the right side of the wagon next to the dog is Lt. Herman Seebold. #waybackwednesday

Horse drawn fire engine Number 2
The man sitting on the the right side of the wagon next to the dog is Lt. Herman Seebold. #waybackwednesday

Now Open! The time-honored skills put into these pieces are breathtaking. The Art of Fine Furniture is free and open to ...
09/11/2021

Now Open! The time-honored skills put into these pieces are breathtaking. The Art of Fine Furniture is free and open to the public now through October 2 at the History Center. Sponsored by WNB Financial. Check out all the details!

Hey! Join us on a Walking Tour this weekend!Historic Downtown Winona, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.Windom Park Historic Dist., Su...
09/11/2021

Hey! Join us on a Walking Tour this weekend!
Historic Downtown Winona, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Windom Park Historic Dist., Sunday, 1 p.m.
$10/$6 members, water included. Leaving from the History Center. www.winonahistory.org/to-do

The artists have been busy today installing an amazing Art of Fine Furniture show. Meet many of them and get a first loo...
09/10/2021

The artists have been busy today installing an amazing Art of Fine Furniture show. Meet many of them and get a first look tomorrow, Saturday, 1 -3 p.m. during the opening! A huge thank you to TiAnna DeGarmo for curating and coordinating the show. #winonamn #artgallery

The artists have been busy today installing an amazing Art of Fine Furniture show. Meet many of them and get a first look tomorrow, Saturday, 1 -3 p.m. during the opening! A huge thank you to TiAnna DeGarmo for curating and coordinating the show. #winonamn #artgallery

Hey area artisans, Handmade Neighborhood applications are open online and are due today! www.winonahistory.org/handmaden...
09/10/2021

Hey area artisans, Handmade Neighborhood applications are open online and are due today! www.winonahistory.org/handmadeneighborhood We are extending the deadline through the weekend but those on time will be given priority. We are looking forward to a safe in-person sale this year and already see many awesome applications!

Hey area artisans, Handmade Neighborhood applications are open online and are due today! www.winonahistory.org/handmadeneighborhood We are extending the deadline through the weekend but those on time will be given priority. We are looking forward to a safe in-person sale this year and already see many awesome applications!

The Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk will feature Scandals, Scoundrels and Skulduggery II this year! Take a self-guide...
09/09/2021

The Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk will feature Scandals, Scoundrels and Skulduggery II this year! Take a self-guided walk through Winona’s historic and beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery to hear community actors portraying people from our past.

This year we hear from those that lived hard lives, made some poor choices and those who protected the community from the seeder side of Winona. In 2012 this theme was a huge hit and we are excited to bring more stories of scandals, scoundrels and skulduggery. A few of those we will hear from are: some ladies of Winona’s red light district, Queenie LaVaque, Lano Dupont; “Big Moose” - Anton Pellowski; Dorothy Haner, Winona’s first female investigator and Victor Gage (1908 – 1985) who was also known as “Wyoming” - to name a few. Explore Winona's beautiful arboretum cemetery, Woodlawn, ablaze in autumn colors, as you hear actors at 8 sites.

The Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk will feature Scandals, Scoundrels and Skulduggery II this year! Take a self-guided walk through Winona’s historic and beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery to hear community actors portraying people from our past.

This year we hear from those that lived hard lives, made some poor choices and those who protected the community from the seeder side of Winona. In 2012 this theme was a huge hit and we are excited to bring more stories of scandals, scoundrels and skulduggery. A few of those we will hear from are: some ladies of Winona’s red light district, Queenie LaVaque, Lano Dupont; “Big Moose” - Anton Pellowski; Dorothy Haner, Winona’s first female investigator and Victor Gage (1908 – 1985) who was also known as “Wyoming” - to name a few. Explore Winona's beautiful arboretum cemetery, Woodlawn, ablaze in autumn colors, as you hear actors at 8 sites.

09/04/2021
Yackel & Janke, manufacturers of wagons and all kinds of repairing, Lewiston, MN, undated.  Yackel & Janke remained in p...
09/03/2021

Yackel & Janke, manufacturers of wagons and all kinds of repairing, Lewiston, MN, undated. Yackel & Janke remained in partnership until 1918.
#ThrowbackThursday

Yackel & Janke, manufacturers of wagons and all kinds of repairing, Lewiston, MN, undated. Yackel & Janke remained in partnership until 1918.
#ThrowbackThursday

#greatriverroad #MNHistory #localhistory September is Drive the Great River Road Month!  Follow the green pilot’s wheel ...
09/01/2021
Great River Road of Minnesota | Homepage

#greatriverroad #MNHistory #localhistory September is Drive the Great River Road Month! Follow the green pilot’s wheel signs to unique Mississippi River towns, stunning scenic reaches, and glimpses of history. Find ideas at www.mnmississippiriver.com

Minnesota's Great River Road is a netwok of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences in a parkway setting. It spans 565 miles, 43 communities, 20 counties, three tribes and six unique destination areas, providing public access to and promoting America's Great Mississippi River.

It's back....and is going to be a-may-zing!
08/31/2021

It's back....and is going to be a-may-zing!

It's back....and is going to be a-may-zing!

Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour! Brush up on your local trivia for ...
08/27/2021

Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour! Brush up on your local trivia for prizes. All tours are an hour long and cost $10, $6 for WCHS members. Bottled water is included. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Sponsored by WNB Financial.

Autumn Schedule! >>>

Historic Downtown Winona
Saturdays: September 11, 18, October 16
10:30 a.m. starting from History Center.

Special Halloween Downtown Tours
October 30 and 31
1 p.m. starting at the History Center.

Windom Park Historic District
Sundays: September 12, 19, October 17
1:00 p.m. starting from the History Center.

Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour! Brush up on your local trivia for prizes. All tours are an hour long and cost $10, $6 for WCHS members. Bottled water is included. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Sponsored by WNB Financial.

Autumn Schedule! >>>

Historic Downtown Winona
Saturdays: September 11, 18, October 16
10:30 a.m. starting from History Center.

Special Halloween Downtown Tours
October 30 and 31
1 p.m. starting at the History Center.

Windom Park Historic District
Sundays: September 12, 19, October 17
1:00 p.m. starting from the History Center.

The Rural Heritage Museum will be open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29 during St. Charles Gladiolu...
08/26/2021

The Rural Heritage Museum will be open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29 during St. Charles Gladiolus Days.

The Rural Heritage Museum will be open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29 during St. Charles Gladiolus Days.

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Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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(507) 454-2723

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