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Upcoming Programs

The Steele County Historical Society is dedicated to producing educational programming for the benefit of our members and our community. Programs are held at the History Center throughout the year and explore a variety of topics that relate to our county's history. Many of these programs are free and open to the public, so make sure to check back frequently to see what we have on the calendar!

Upcoming June-August 2024 Events and Programs 

Tea Social 

Thursday, June 20

1:30pm

History Center's Lange Theater

All are welcome to join the fun as we sip our favorite teas and discuss different historic topics. Guests are encouraged to bring a sweet treat to share. A selection of teas will be provided.

Tea Social will be held the third Thursday of each month at 1:30pm.

This program is free to SCHS members and $2 for non-members.

Genealogy Club

Thursday, June 20

6:00pm 

History Center's Lange Theater

Owatonna State School Presentation

Thursday, June 20

6:00- 7:30pm

Owatonna Arts Center 

Join us at the Owatonna Arts Center for a roundtable discussion on the Owatonna State School. In the mid-1940s, changes in social philosophy led to discontinuation of residential institutionalization of orphan children and the move to foster care. The Minnesota State Public School campus was repurposed as a school for the “educable mentally disabled.” For 25 years, the Owatonna State School helped educate children with learning disabilities. Former students, employees, and members of the public are encouraged to come and share their memories. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is Free for SCHS Members and $5 for Non-Members. Program is sponsored by Federated Insurance. 

Junior Genealogy Day Camp

Saturday, June 22

10:00-1:00pm

History Center and Village of Yesteryear 

Do you have a budding family historian? Sign them up for Junior Genealogy Day Camp!  Children ages 11-14 will enjoy hands on activities as they learn about different resources and methods for performing genealogical research. The young historians will get behind the scenes tours of the History Center and the Village of Yesteryear. A picnic lunch in the Village of Yesteryear will be provided. The program and lunch are being offered FREE. Space is limited to 15 children. Please call 507-451-1420 to reserve your child's spot. Please let us know if there are any food allergies at the time of registration. 

Jazz Jam on the Patio

Sunday, June 23

2:00-4:00pm

History Center's Patio

Come join the fun on Sunday, June 23 as SCHS welcomes back to the History Center patio the H30 Trio! While the band performs some cool jazz music, sit and enjoy the afternoon breeze on the patio. The event is free, but there will be beverages available for purchase. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Music begins at 2:00pm. This event is sponsored by Jerry Ganfield. 

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, June 25

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Genealogy Club

Tuesday, July 2

10:00am 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 9

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Chuck Wagon Supper 

Friday, July 13

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Village of Yesteryear 

Back by popular demand, the Chuck Wagon Supper. Come enjoy dinner for just $10 and live music in the Village of Yesteryear. This event is sponsored by Baker Tech Services. All are welcome and no reservations are required. 

Extravaganza 

Saturday, July 14

Noon- 4:00pm

Village of Yesteryear 

Step back in time and experience the rendezvous era. There will be a Rendezvous encampment, demonstrations, crafts, tomahawk throwing, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical entertainment, OTC display, and food available for purchase.  This event is sponsored by Baker Tech Services. 

Tea Social 

Thursday, July 18

1:30pm

History Center's Lange Theater

This program is free to SCHS members and $2 for non-members.

Genealogy Club

Thursday, July 18

6:00pm 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 23

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Genealogy Club

Tuesday, August 6

10:00am 

History Center's Lange Theater

Captain John Smith and the U.S.S. Bunker Hill 

Monday, August 12

2:00pm 

History Center's Wenger Room

Join us as local attorney Steve Smith gives a public presentation on his father’s legacy as one of the few survivors of the Japanese attack on the USS Bunker Hill in 1945 and later Steele County Attorney. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free to the public.

Steele County Free Fair 

Tuesday, August 13- Sunday, August 19

Due to limited parking at the History Center, Memory Cafe, Tea Social, and Genealogy Club are canceled during fair week. 

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, August 27

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Community Show and Tell

Thursday, August 29

6:00pm 

History Center's Wenger Room 

Back by popular demand, this program gives you the opportunity to bring something fascinating, historically significant, unique, or just “cool” to share with those in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. 

Check back soon for future Events and Programs at the Steele County Historical Society! 

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