Winona County Historical Society

Winona County Historical Society The Winona County Historical Society operates The Winona County History Center in downtown Winona, MN; The Bunnell House in Homer; and The Rural Heritage Museum in St.
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Charles. We also offer a wide range of activities! Learn more at winonahistory.org

Operating as usual

07/28/2020

#TuesdayTrivia What was the name of the first radio station in Winona County?

#museummonday Hmong Tools and Equipment, 2013, by Yang VueThis quilt from our collection illustrates tools and equipment...
07/28/2020

#museummonday
Hmong Tools and Equipment, 2013, by Yang Vue
This quilt from our collection illustrates tools and equipment that were essential to Hmong life and survival in Laos and are still used by Hmong in the United States today. The piece was done using traditional Hmong embroidery or “Paaj Ntaub” (pa dao) style, using thousands of tiny stitches to create the images.

Here is one of our archivist, Walt Bennick's articles from 2017 about the Rink Opera House.
07/26/2020

Here is one of our archivist, Walt Bennick's articles from 2017 about the Rink Opera House.

The earliest evidence of humans living in Winona County is based on the discovery of a Woodland tradition site known as ...
07/24/2020

The earliest evidence of humans living in Winona County is based on the discovery of a Woodland tradition site known as the Lamoille Rock Shelter (or Cave) south of what is now the city of Winona on the Mississippi River.

In 1889, T.H. Lewis made 43 tracings of the petroglyphs, or drawings, which covered the walls and roof of LaMoille Cave; he observed that there were “more (petroglyphs) in this cave than have been found at any other point in the Mississippi valley.” There were also many pieces of pottery found in the cave, much of which is now at the Minnesota Historical Society.

The cave ceiling collapsed in the early 1990s.

The 1929 Wingold Cookbook is back with more recipes. This page features interesting ways to prepare some meats.
07/19/2020

The 1929 Wingold Cookbook is back with more recipes. This page features interesting ways to prepare some meats.

From the July/ August issue of our membership newsletter The Argus...Biography by Walt Bennick.
07/18/2020

From the July/ August issue of our membership newsletter The Argus...Biography by Walt Bennick.

We are getting started on the 2021 WCHS Calendar which will feature images from our archives of Winona County restaurant...
07/16/2020

We are getting started on the 2021 WCHS Calendar which will feature images from our archives of Winona County restaurants and eateries. One many locals and past visitors remember is the Hot Fish Shop. This postcard features the restaurant and Sugar Loaf, 1943.

#museummonday In the July/August issue of our member newsletter, The Argus, curator Andy Bloedorn talks about collecting...
07/13/2020

#museummonday In the July/August issue of our member newsletter, The Argus, curator Andy Bloedorn talks about collecting today's artifacts for future generations.

Even though the Rural Heritage Museum is not open and the Winona County Fair was canceled this summer we would like to s...
07/12/2020

Even though the Rural Heritage Museum is not open and the Winona County Fair was canceled this summer we would like to share an artifact with you that was recently put back on exhibit at the RHM. Hossfeld Manufacturing of Winona has a long history of making specialized equipment. An early invention was a manure loader that
had a rake at the end of a rotating arm that ran along a track to load manure and straw into wagons or spreaders. Only two were made that we know of and the last one
is now back on exhibit at the Rural Heritage Museum after suffering damage from a fallen tree when at the old Arches Museum of Pioneer Life. A big thanks to Chuck Toulouse
and Andy Kronebusch for their work restoring this interesting artifact that is pictured below. We hope to welcome visitors there again soon so you can check it out in person.

Winona Bay State Milling delivery truck with drivers, c. 1920s.
07/12/2020

Winona Bay State Milling delivery truck with drivers, c. 1920s.

From the Collection: Boost the Chiefs baseball promotional pin and Winona Chiefs baseball uniform shirt for home games, ...
07/10/2020

From the Collection: Boost the Chiefs baseball promotional pin and Winona Chiefs baseball uniform shirt for home games, 1952.

#TBT For this throwback Thursday we have this view of Third Street starting just west of Center Street in downtown Winon...
07/09/2020

#TBT For this throwback Thursday we have this view of Third Street starting just west of Center Street in downtown Winona looking East in about 1940.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 12. Whig Rose & Julia Ward Howe, b. 1819Julia is best known for writing the ...
07/08/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
12. Whig Rose & Julia Ward Howe, b. 1819
Julia is best known for writing the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861. She and Lucy Stone founded the American Women Suffrage Association which also welcomed men as members and focus solely on suffrage. Julia is also created with founding Mothers’ Day.

#TuesdayTrivia How many blacksmith shops were there in Winona in 1888? (Pictured: Benz Blacksmiths)
07/07/2020

#TuesdayTrivia How many blacksmith shops were there in Winona in 1888? (Pictured: Benz Blacksmiths)

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 11. Framed Variable Star & Mary Church Terrell, b. 1863Mary was one of the f...
07/07/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
11. Framed Variable Star & Mary Church Terrell, b. 1863
Mary was one of the first African-American Women to earn a college degree. She founded the Colored-Women’s League. She not only had to fight for her gender but her ethnicity too. In 1940, Mary published her autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World, in 1940.

#wearoneforwinona The WCHS staff wear masks to keep our community safe.
07/07/2020

#wearoneforwinona The WCHS staff wear masks to keep our community safe.

Winona County Historical Society's cover photo
07/06/2020

Winona County Historical Society's cover photo

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 10. Love Apple & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, b. 1815Elizabeth organized the Sene...
07/06/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
10. Love Apple & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, b. 1815
Elizabeth organized the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the first formal event calling for women’s rights. She worked with Susan B. Anthony for many years, had 7 children and wrote a two-volume publication, The Woman’s Bible.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 9. King’s Crown & Fanny Jackson-Coppin, b. 1837Fanny was born into slavery, ...
07/05/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
9. King’s Crown & Fanny Jackson-Coppin, b. 1837
Fanny was born into slavery, but at 14 she went to work as a housekeeper. The family treater her like a daughter and allowed her to have an education which went on to college and to become a teacher at Oberlin College. She was the first African-American school principal in the country. In 1902 she and her husband moved to South Africa and opened a school.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 8. New York Beauty & Carrie Chapman Catt, b. 1859In 1883 she was one of the ...
07/04/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
8. New York Beauty & Carrie Chapman Catt, b. 1859
In 1883 she was one of the first women to be a school superintendent. She was a great speaker and in 1892 Susan B. Anthony selected Carrie to deliver an address to congress on Suffrage. Carrie later led the NAWSA in 1915 and developed a Winning Plan to push suffrage into state and federal levels. After the 19th Amendment became part of the constitution Aug. 26, 1920 she formed the League of Women voters.

07/04/2020
Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 7. Oak Leaves & Flowers & Susan B. Anthony, b. 1820After attending the Senec...
07/03/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
7. Oak Leaves & Flowers & Susan B. Anthony, b. 1820
After attending the Seneca Falls Convention with her family, she created the Women’s State temperance Society in 1849, hoping to help women who suffered from alcoholic husbands. Her focus changed to the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1854.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 6. Tulips & Lucretia Mott, b. 1793Lucretia found her talent for public speak...
07/02/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
6. Tulips & Lucretia Mott, b. 1793
Lucretia found her talent for public speaking and was recognized as a Quaker minister in 1821. She attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840. After the Civil War Lucretia served as president of the American Equal Rights Convention.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 5. Four X & Jane Adams, b. 1860After a couple tours of Europe and an introdu...
07/01/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
5. Four X & Jane Adams, b. 1860
After a couple tours of Europe and an introduction to Toynbee Hall, a settlement to help those living in the slums of London, Jane and her friend Ellen Starr started one in Chicago, Hull House. She also lobbied the government to change labor laws, work conditions and equality issues. In 1915 Jane became the chair of the Womens Peace Party, lobbying against world wars. She was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1931.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 4. Missouri Puzzle & Lucy Stone, b. 1818Lucy Stone was the first women to ea...
06/30/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
4. Missouri Puzzle & Lucy Stone, b. 1818
Lucy Stone was the first women to earn a college degree in Massachusetts. In 1870 she founded the Women Journal which was the official publication of the American Woman Suffrage Association for nearly 50 years.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020 3. Whirlwind & Frances Perkins, b. 1880Frances earned a masters in economic ...
06/29/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
3. Whirlwind & Frances Perkins, b. 1880
Frances earned a masters in economic and sociology in 1910. While lobbying for labor laws, she discovered the Suffrage Movement. She was the first woman appointed to the New York State Industrial Commission and then, Labor Secretary under Pres. Roosevelt in 1933-45.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2002 2. Log Cabin & Sojourner Truth, b. 1797Also known as Isabella Baumfree, Sojo...
06/29/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2002
2. Log Cabin & Sojourner Truth, b. 1797
Also known as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner was born a slave and after escaping to freedom she changed her name. In 1848 she gave her famous, Ain’t I a woman? speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. Her efforts focused on property rights for freed slaves.

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 20201. Centennial Lily & Amelia Jenks Bloomer, b. 1818Amelia’s work focused on th...
06/28/2020

Women of Influence - WCHS Raffle Quilt 2020
1. Centennial Lily & Amelia Jenks Bloomer, b. 1818
Amelia’s work focused on the Temperance Movement with editorials in her husband’s newspaper. She later founded The Lily a monthly magazine dedicated to temperance issues. In the 1850s, Amelia’s focus changed to womens dress and her new more freeing style became known as “bloomers.” In 1855 they moved to Iowa where Amelia became the president of the Iowa Women’s Suffrage Society.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage the WCHS annual raffle quilt, Women of Influence, honors twe...
06/27/2020

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage the WCHS annual raffle quilt, Women of Influence, honors twelve leaders of the Suffrage Movement and was made by the 3rd Thursday Friendship Circle and Winona Area Quilters Guild. It is machine quilted by Mary Nelson. The quilt is 92 x 116”. Get your chance to win, only $1 each, and more information at the Winona County History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0. We will be posting a quilt block and the suffragette it represents daily!

#TBT Lake blvd. about 100 years ago!
06/26/2020

#TBT Lake blvd. about 100 years ago!

06/23/2020

#TuesdayTrivia What was the significance of the arrival of the “Ottumwa Belle” in Winona on August 7, 1915?

WE ARE REOPEN! Please follow our steps to stay safe...
06/22/2020

WE ARE REOPEN! Please follow our steps to stay safe...

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The Winona County Historical Society is a private non-profit educational institution, and our mission is to be dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of materials that document the history of Winona County, Minnesota. The Society currently has over 1400 members and 60 active business supporters. The Society operates three museums. The Winona County History Center in downtown Winona houses the main museum facility, Laird Lucas Library and Archives, Society offices and program and event spaces. The Bunnell House is located in Homer and the Rural Heritage Museum is on the Winona County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

The Winona County Historical Society was founded in June 1935 at a meeting of interested citizens in the Winona County Courthouse. The first president was William Codman, a local attorney and amateur historian. The first secretary was Mildred Sebo, a local 4-H leader in the county. The year before, Mildred organized a Winona County historical pageant in Whitewater State Park that was very successful, and it was from that event the idea of starting the Society emerged.

The Society had its first headquarters in the courthouse and later acquired space in the Arlington Club and at Phelps Hall at Winona State University. During and after WWII the Society was relatively inactive. In 1954, a group of Winona citizens sought to revitalize the Society and approached Dr. Lewis I. Younger, a local physician and well known collector. Dr. Younger eagerly took on the responsibility, and under his leadership over the next 21 years, he helped make the Society one of the most active and well-respected county organizations in the state. During his tenure the Society’s offices and collection were moved into the second floor of the Lumberman’s building across from the Winona Public Library. The Society’s current home in the former National Guard Armory building (1915) was purchased and given to the Society by the Laird-Norton Co. in 1971 and dedicated in 1973. In 2009 construction started on the 12,000 sq. ft. modern Laird Norton Addition, designed by award winning architect Joan Soranno of the firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson. With a historic $1.5 million challenge grant from the Laird Norton Company and donations from over 1000 individuals, businesses, local governments and foundations the $4.5 million project was a great success and was dedicated July 18, 2010 to celebrate the Society’s 75th anniversary.

The Armory part of the Winona County History Center was restored the summer of 2012. Thanks to a Minnesota Cultural Heritage Grant from Minnesota’s Legacy Funds and the Elizabeth Callendar King foundation the 1915 Armory was reenforced, tuck-pointed, and its battlements and turrets are back! In 2017 WCHS opened the Rural Heritage Museum on the County Fairgrounds that includes a museum building, historic schoolhouse, log house and log barn. The Bunnell House has had various restoration projects since the Society acquired it in 1954. It stands the test of time and is a continued testament to the first Euro-American settlers that stayed in what would become Winona County.

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