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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Directions

  • 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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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