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 […]

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 […]

Watch for News and Event Updates Coming in May

Curator will report on upcoming events for the new season in May. Visit our website again for details to upcoming summer events.  I’m looking forward to another great year of fun times and memorable experiences at the museum this summer. Come out and visit us soon!

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 […]

Memories of World War II

(Reference: Redwood, The Story of a County, Wayne Webb, pg. 223-224) Through the summer of 1941, war was the consuming topic of interest. Civilians got into the act in a small way in July when a civilian defense committee was organized with George A. Barnes, Redwood Falls, as chairman. First project was to collect scrap […]

Curator’s Corner – May 2012

The museum is officially open, and we’ve accomplished so much in just a few short weeks. It all starts every year, at the end of April, with Clean-Up Day. A couple board members came out on a rainy Saturday morning to help me clean and get things ready for opening day. Jerry Bohm and the […]

The Colonel of the Zouaves

By Noah Brooks A Story of the Civil War Among those who accompanied Abraham Lincoln on his journey from Illinois to the national capital, was Elmer E. Ellsworth, a young man who had been employed in the law office of Lincoln and Herndon in Springfield. He was a brave, handsome, and impetuous youth, and was […]

History of the MN Map

About 1930, Clara Painter, President of what was then called the Minneapolis College Women’s Club, exhibited a pictorial map of the Arrowhead Country being sold by the Hibbing, Minnesota Branch for their Fellowships Fund. Prudence Cutright, a member in Minneapolis and head of the curriculum department of the Minneapolis Public Schools, suggested that a map […]