Experience SCHS

The SCHS History Center features full accessibility, rotation exhibits and displays, and a beautiful meeting room or patio for your lunch. The Village of Yesteryear features a 19 structure pioneer village that illustrates Minnesota’s early history.

In 1962 the Society was offered the Saco Church located 7 miles southwest of Owatonna, and with the support of the Steele County Agricultural Society, the Society permanently leased a portion of the southeast section of the fairgrounds to begin a pioneer village.   The original layout was similar to the center of Owatonna and its Central Park, which was originally circular. Thus was established the Village of Yesteryear, which has grown in the years since through the additional move of historic structures, as well as museum buildings built on site.

The SCHS Exhibit Hall, a gift from the Owatonna Foundation, offers rotating exhibits.

SCHS lectures, roundtables and workshops are educational and entertaining. You are sure to learn something new!

SCHS offers FREE children’s programming the first Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. at the History Center located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna.

SCHS events range from History Uncorked to live musical performances by artists such as Chastity Brown, Romantica and more!

Please reload

Hours & Rates

History Center

T, W, & F: 10am - 4pm

TH: 10am - 8pm

SAT: 10am - 3pm

Closed SUN, MON

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3
Six and under: FREE

SCHS Members: FREE


Village of Yesteryear

Tours Tuesday - Sunday at 1:30pm

or by appointment

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3
Six and under: FREE

Group Rates Available

History Center & Village of Yesteryear

Adult Admission: $8
Children: 7 - 16 $5
Six and under: FREE

Group Rates Available

Village guided tours daily May 1st through September 30th at 1:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

© 2018 by Steele County Historical Society, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN.  507-451-1420 Proudly created with Wix.com