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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muzzle_loader) 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 […]

Sheridan Township

(Reference: History of Redwood County, Vol. I 1916, pgs. 338-340) Sheridan township is located in the north central part of Redwood County; township 112-37. It is bounded on the north by Kintire and a half mile of Delhi, on the east by Redwood Falls , on the south by Vail, and on the west by […]

Thursday Nights at Gilfillan

Kids of all ages are welcome, including adults. Bring your friends and have fun! Thursday nights throughout June, July and August, join us from 6 to 10 pm. Sit around the campfire. Bring your own pop, water, hotdogs, and marshmallows for roasting. Some activities will include: Treasure Hunt Miniature Horses to play with Story telling around […]

Needlework on the Prairie

Pioneer women of the 19th century made hundreds of quilts for friends and family embarking on the long and treacherous journey west. As settlers moved across the country, women would gather for quilting bee socials, exchanging and modifying quilting patterns, styles and methods from various regions. New quilting patterns and techniques continued to emerge as […]

121 Years Since the Last Hanging

It’s coming up on 121 years since the only execution in Redwood County took place on October 16th, 1891. The gallows chamber and jail once stood near the courthouse in Redwood Falls.  To learn more about this true murder mystery that took place in Gales Township in 1888, and to commemorate this very tragic but […]

Dakota Uprising 1862

“Interesting Aspects of the Dakota Uprising” — Presented by Author, Curtis Dahlin Redwood County Museum on August 12 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Book signing follows presentation Admission: Free-will donation Curt will discuss the numbers of people, both White and Dakota who were killed in the uprising. He will talk about the captives, with many […]

MN Homefront WWII Presentation by Michael Eckers

Michael will be speaking about the part Minnesotans played during WWII, as well as, his father’s service in this war as a bombardier in the Mighty Eighth Air Force. His father flew over a dozen missions before being shot down and spending nearly a year as a POW in Germany. “Colors in the Air” is […]