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Current Exhibits at the Steele County Historical Society

Why do we create exhibits and what is our process?

While the primary duty of our Society is the preservation of our history, it is also part of our mission to share this history with the community. We do this through the creation of exhibits that we display in our Exhibition Hall and throughout the History Center.


Our exhibits are rotating and we create new ones each year to display and share with the public. Keep your eyes out to see what new exhibits are on the way!

If you have any ideas or themes for future exhibits that you would like to see, please let us know! Contact the History Center and we would be happy to hear from you.

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We're Under Construction

Please excuse the appearance of our Exhibition Hall. We are currently preparing the next exhibit for this space. 

Smithsonian's The Bias Inside Us

This exhibit is a summary of the Smithsonian's Science of Bias. The original exhibit researched how bias comes from our brains, minds, and cultures, and how we can handle it. The Bias Inside Us features ten poster prints to help visitors understand and accept the different forms of bias. 

Target Audience: All ages.
Location: Exhibition Hall

Display Schedule: October to December 2023
Black and White Photographs of Steele County

Coming for a room rental? Enjoy a few of SCHS's black and white prints on canvas. Prints feature various scenes from Steele County's history.

Target Audience: All ages.
Location: Wenger Room

Display Schedule: Ongoing
1893 World's Columbian Exposition  

2023 marked the 130th anniversary of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This Exposition also known as the Chicago World's Fair was an influential social and cultural event that had a profound impact on American architecture, the arts, American industrial optimism and Chicago's image. Come learn about the history of the Exposition and its impact on Steele County. 

Target Audience: All ages, great for middle to high school age children. 
Location: Lange Theater, Wooden Display Case  
Display Schedule: 2023
Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children 

In 2022, the Steele County Historical Society merged with the Orphanage Museum. Our Orphanage Museum Manager, Anne Peterson, curated this exhibit to provide SCHS guests an introduction to the history of the State Public School. In addition to checking out this great exhibit, make sure you visit the Orphanage Museum and Cottage 11 at the West Hills Campus.

Target Audience: All ages, great for middle to high school age children
Location: Lange Theater, Temporary Display Cases  
Display Schedule: 2023
Coming Soon: Childhood 

This exhibit will be a complete immersion into every facet of childhood. The exhibit will showcase the highs and lows that shape us into adults and how everyone experiences childhood differently. 

Target Audience: All children young and old. 
Location: Exhibition Hall
Display Schedule: 2024
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