Goodhue County Historical Society

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Goodhue County Historical Society

1166 Oak St
Red Wing, MN 55066

(651) 388-6024 (Phone)

(651) 388-3577 (Fax)

Region: Southern


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Rates

  • Admission (includes museum and research library) Adults $5; Children 13-18 $2; No charge for members and children under 13.

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  • In downtown Red Wing, turn off US 61 onto West Ave (at stoplight, by John Rich Park). Continue to 7th St stop sign; right onto College Ave going up the hill; follow signs for the museum.

Other Date Information

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sundays (April through November) from 1 to 5 PM. Closed Mondays, Sundays (December through March), and major holidays.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage

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Events

  1. Bluffs & Brews: Hike Frontenac State Park

    Bluffs & Brews: Hike Frontenac State Park

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Bluffs & Brews is a collaborative program between the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center and the Goodhue County Historical Society that began in 2015. First, the group explores a local history topic through an engaging presentation and Q & A session. Immediately after, the group explores the outdoors, specifically a local area that represents the historical topic discussed. Following the outdoor adventure, the group convenes at a local restaurant to reflect on the experience, and for an opportunity to win door prizes.

    For June, we will be hiking through Frontenac State Park. Learn how this park was created as well as why it is a bird-watchers paradise! A social hour will follow at a local restaurant.

    Transportation will be provided from a designated parking location to Frontenac State Park and back. Ticket holders will need to provide own transportation to designated parking location and to social hour.

    $10 for members | $20 for non-members

    Tickets can be purchased by calling the Goodhue County History Center (651-388-6024) or via our online store. Space is limited so get your spot today!

    For more information on this event or the Goodhue County Historical Society, visit our website www.goodhuecountyhistory.org.

  2. Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation

    Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Discover how Minnesota teens came of age in the 1960s, a decade when people fought for liberty, feminism rose, family television shows proliferated, the draft knocked, music “was huge,” fashion showed its colors and assassinations betrayed something “very wrong in this country.” Traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society.

  3. History Cruise: The Sea Wing Disaster aboard the Pearl of the Lake

    History Cruise: The Sea Wing Disaster aboard the Pearl of the Lake

    100 Central Point Rd
    Lake City , MN 55041
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Go on a History Cruise with the Goodhue County Historical Society aboard the Pearl of the Lake! Travel the waters of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River while learning about local history.

    The Sea Wing Disaster has been called by some “Minnesota’s Titanic”. The Sea Wing was a stern-wheeled steamer that originated in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin. On July 13, 1890, it set sail for Camp Lakeview, just south of Lake City, with passengers from both sides of the river, mainly Red Wing. After a storm wrecked havoc on Lake City, the ship’s captain set the boat out into Lake Pepin as more storm clouds could be seen on the horizon. At 8:30 p.m., just off Central Point, the Sea Wing would capsize and the lake would claim 98 victims in all. To this day, the Sea Wing Disaster remains one of the worst inland water tragedies in the country.

    Historian Fred Johnson will narrate the cruise as we retrace the path of the Sea Wing on that fateful day.

    Copies of Fred Johnson’s book, The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin, and the DVD by the same name are available at the History Center or via our online store.

    Cost for the History Cruise is $25 per person.

    Tickets will be available beginning on June 1!

  4. History Cruise: The Shoreline from Lake City to Old Frontenac

    History Cruise: The Shoreline from Lake City to Old Frontenac

    100 Central Point Rd
    Lake City, MN 55041
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Go on a History Cruise with the Goodhue County Historical Society aboard the Pearl of the Lake! Travel the waters of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River while learning about local history.

    More details will be posted as they are available.

    Cost for the History Cruise is $25 per person.

    Tickets will be available beginning on May 15!

    Departs from Lake City at 3pm

    Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024 | info@goodhistory.org) for more information.

  5. Walk into Local History: Discover the Jordan Creek

    Walk into Local History: Discover the Jordan Creek

    315 W Fourth St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Did you know a river used to bisect downtown Red Wing? Or that the same river continues to flow beneath the town?

    This guided walking tour leads participants along the historic route of the Jordan Creek, with a collection of anecdotes and historical photographs. The group will journey to the basement of a downtown business to see the Jordan firsthand. Tours will depart from City Hall in Red Wing and end at Levee Park.

    Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024) to purchase your tickets today or via our online store!

    $7 for members | $10 for non-members

    Tickets go on-sale on May 15 for this event!

  6. Walk into Local History: Explore Oakwood Cemetery

    Walk into Local History: Explore Oakwood Cemetery

    End of East Ave
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Cemeteries are many things–tranquil, solemn, beautiful, peaceful–but they also hold unique historical information about an area. By journeying through cemeteries, we learn about an area’s population and development, beliefs and customs, trials and tribulations, its growth and renewal. Explore Red Wing’s Oakwood Cemetery, one of Minnesota’s most historic cemeteries, with the Goodhue County Historical Society on Saturday, May 14th, and learn more about Red Wing’s textured past.

    Journey through one of the cemetery’s most historic sections as you visit the final resting places of some of Red Wing’s most notable names, including: Reverend Joseph Hancock, Abraham E. Welch, T.B. Sheldon, and more. Learn the difference between male and female Victorian mourning customs, the meanings behind tombstone symbolism, and what life was like for a 19th century Red Wing resident.

    Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024) to purchase your tickets today or via our online store!

    $7 for members | $10 for non-members

    Tickets for this event will go on-sale June 15th!

  7. Walking into History: Exploring Old Frontenac

    Walking into History: Exploring Old Frontenac

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    “Waconia.” “Western Landing.” “Frontenac.”

    Different people have used different names for the location that rests on the banks of Lake Pepin, but its beauty and tranquility have attracted people for generations. Native Americans inhabited the land for hundreds of years before the French established a Fort near modern-day Frontenac, and years after the French left, the Garrard Family would shape (and name) Frontenac during the latter half of the 19th century. The Garrard Family, led by Israel Garrard, built stunning homes along Lake Pepin, and guide the town’s development for many years. After Israel’s death in 1901, Frontenac resisted industrialization and modernization, maintaining a strong echo of its 19th century heritage to this day.

    Hear the stories of 19th century Frontenac as you explore the exterior of a few of Frontenac’s most famous homes during this engaging and thought-provoking tour.

    Two tours available: 10 AM-12 PM | 1-3 PM

    Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024) to purchase your tickets today or via the online store!

    $7 for members | $10 for non-members

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