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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.


Childhood in Steele County is open!!

This new exhibit highlights the many different experiences children in Steele County have faced throughout the years. From the joys of a new toy or phone to the challenges of bullying and loss. 

Guests will get a chance to follow the life of a real Steele County child, by following that child's unique icon on the text panels. 

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: 75 Years of Making History
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Steele County Historical Society. Join us as well celebrate the past and look towards the future. 

Target Audience: All ages
Location: Lange Theater
Display Schedule: 2024
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