Just wanted to let everyone know that we had a large crowd at the museum last night when Adrian Lee shared his findings during his investigation of the museum site in May. People were amazed by what he captured on video and audio recordings.  We had limited seating and had to turn some people away, […]


Tune in to “Dark Matter Digital Network” (online) on Friday evening, August 12th at 8 pm to hear Adrian Lee discuss his paranormal investigation at the Redwood County Museum (once the county poor farm), and other locations in the area. Lee is a paranormal investigator, author, psychic and radio host, and will present a program at […]

On-Site Caretaker at Gilfillan

Redwood County Historical Society is seeking applicants for a full-time On-Site Caretaker. This position is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the 17-acre historic Gilfillan property including all buildings, facilities, and equipment. This person will also help coordinate and assist the Friends of Gilfillan (FOG) Events Coordinator with Pavilion scheduling, promoting, advertising and public […]

RCHS Museum Open 2015

Hello everyone! The county museum is now open for tours. We are open Thursdays – Sundays, noon – 4 pm, holidays, and by appointment. Admission is $5 adult, $2 kids, & under 5 are free. We will be open Memorial Day weekend, including Monday, May 25, noon – 4pm. Bring the kids and have a fun […]

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Help us fill the bus! The Redwood and Renville County Historical Societies are planning a chartered bus trip to the Science Museum in St. Paul to see the new Mayan Exhibit. This exhibit features immersive environments, authentic artifacts and hands-on activities that tell the story of the ancient Maya, one of the most complex and […]

Redwood County Historical Society’s Fall Festival

Come out to the Redwood County Museum on Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 4 pm for our Fall Festival and Fund-Raiser! In keeping with the spirit of celebration in downtown Redwood Falls on 9/28, the Redwood County Historical Society is hosting their own Fall Festival. We have invited the Redwood Area Theater (RAT) to provide […]

Minnesota on the Map Traveling Exhibit

          Over the centuries, maps of Minnesota have changed. See what our state looked like from the late 1600s to the early 2000s in Minnesota on the Map, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota History Center that features dozens of maps ranging from Louis Hennepin’s 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to […]


(Reference: The Story of a County, pg. 441) Redwood County’s oldest congregation was St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Community, which traced its roots to 1860. It became the center of Redwood County’s most unique industry — lacemaking, and gained worldwide reputation. Sibyl Carter, Episcopal deaconess, gets credit for the foundation of the […]

History of Muzzleloaders

(Reference: A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the projectile and usually the propellant charge is loaded from the muzzle of the gun (from the open end of the gun’s barrel). This is distinct from the more popular modern designs of breech-loading firearms. The term “muzzleloader” may also apply to the marksman who specializes […]

Traveling Shows

 (Reference: The Story of a County, pgs. 444-445) In the early years, some of the most pretentious buildings seen in new villages, and often one of the first built, was the “opera house” — a place where people gathered to enjoy live entertainment. Some of the communities had different names for their halls. Probably one […]