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The Steele

County Historical


The Village of Yesteryear contains 19 buildings, many of which were moved intact to our campus from their original locations. Click to see what you can find at our village!

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

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