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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 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 February- April 2024 Events and Programs 

Genealogy Club

Thursday, February 15

6:00pm 

History Center's Lange Theater

Genealogy Games Live at the Owatonna Arts Center

Saturday, February 24

10:00 - 11:30 am Doing research on State School kids can be very challenging. Join us as we follow the life of a State Schooler. You’ll learn how to get over some of the hurdles facing State School family history by playing the Game of Life. Light refreshments will be served. Free for members and $5 for non-members.

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, February 27

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Owatonna Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours 

Tuesday, February 27

5:00pm 

History Center 

Cohosted by the Steele County Historical Society and Owatonna Business Women. Food provided by Plaza Morena Campestre Grill. 

Genealogy Club

Tuesday, March 5

10:00am 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, March 12

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

History Uncorked

Thursday, March 21

6:00- 7:30pm

Ready for a little murder and mayhem? Join us as we act out a notorious criminal case in Steele County’s history. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume relevant to the cases timeline. More details will be shared about the case on Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for more information. Light refreshments will be served; ticket price includes first beverage at the bar. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

This program is sponsored by Einhaus, Mattison, Carver, and Haberman attorneys at law with local craft beer provided by Mineral Springs Brewery. 

Genealogy Club

Thursday, March 26

6:00pm 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, March 26

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Owatonna State School Presentation at the Owatonna Arts Center

Date: TBD 

10:00 - 11:30am

Owatonna Arts Center 

This program will expand on the history of the Owatonna State School, which existed from 1945- 1970. This story is often treated as simply a footnote of West Hills history. We recently took an oral history with Irene Alvarez Sticha, 91, who came to Owatonna just as the two schools transitioned. She still has a lot of good memories of her times at OSS. There was a definite shift in how the children were treated. Come learn more about OSS or share your own stories. Light refreshments will be served. Free for members and $5 for non-members.

Genealogy Club

Tuesday, April 2

10:00am 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, April 9

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

SCHS Volunteer Orientation and Training

Saturday, April 13

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

Current and perspective SCHS Volunteers are asked to attend the annual training to learn about any SCHS Volunteer Program updates and projects that can utilize your unique skills and abilities. 

SCHS Volunteer Appreciation

Monday, April 15

5:00pm

History Center's Wenger Room 

Current SCHS Volunteers are invited to a dinner in your honor. 

Genealogy Club

Thursday, April 18

6:00pm 

History Center's Lange Theater

History Partners Memory Cafe

Tuesday, April 18

10:00am

History Center's Wenger Room 

SCHS 75th Anniversary Dinner 

Friday, April 26

5:00pm

History Center

Join us as we celebrate the past 75 years and look towards the future of SCHS. Attendees will enjoy a formal dinner provided by the Hubbell House, a special commemorative exhibit, and a visual presentation. There will also be a Silent Auction and opportunities to give towards the future Service Bay Addition. Reserve your space by Friday, April 19. Tickets are $75 for SCHS members and $85 for non-members.

Events sponsored by North Risk Partners.  

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

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