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Historic Preservation Awards

Our Historic Preservation Award nominations are now open! Do you know of a special historic  property in Steele County that you feel deserves recognition? Call us at the History Center or click the link below to email us!

Nominations due by June 15th!

The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) is dedicated to preserving our past, sharing our county's stories, and connecting people with history in new and meaningful ways. We do this today for the benefit of future generations, because history matters!


Steele County and the SCHS are part of Minnesota's rich and diverse history. Established in 1949 to preserve the history of Steele County, we have since grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the state. We play an important role in historic preservation, education, and tourism, and we provide the public with educational award-winning programs, exhibitions, and events.


We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the past. Join us and be a part of this mission. It's the best deal in history!


Steele County Historical Society

1700 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN 55060

Phone:  507-451-1420


History Center

Tues- Fri: 10am - 4pm

SAT: 10am - 3pm

Closed SUN, MON


History Center

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3


Village of Yesteryear

May 1 - September 30

Tours Tuesday - Saturday at 1:30pm

     or by appointment​

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3

History Center & Village of Yesteryear

Combination Ticket

Adult Admission: $8
Children: 7 - 16 $5

Contact Us

Thanks for submitting!

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