Programs, Classes, Events, and more fun stuff to do.
Programs, Activities & Classes
PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS YOU, ME, & RACE: Exploring Race Relations in Our Community Saturday, February, 17 2024 • 10:00a.m. - 12:30p.m • Wanek Hall, History Center FREE moderated conversation gatherings co-hosted by WCHS & ROAR.
Have you ever asked yourself...
When was the first time you met a person of another race?
How does race impact your life?
What steps can you take to build cross-cultural relationships?
Delve into these questions and bring some of your own to this FREE, moderated community conversation. All are welcome to join! Refreshments are provided, so please call 507-454-2723 to RSVP by Friday, February 16th.
Residents Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) is a grassroots organization that aims to eliminate racism through building community.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EVENT Honoring Dakota Project Community Meal & Conversation Saturday, February 24 • 11:00AM - 2:00PM • History Center Free Admission, but space is limited, please register in advance Call 507.454.2723 ext. 0 or RSVP Online
Enjoy soup, salad, bread and some time to connect and learn about the work of Honoring Dakota. Art of the Rural and Winona County Historical Society are excited to cohost a Community Conversation & Meal with the Honoring Dakota Project. The Honoring Dakota Project is a nonprofit organization bridging the communities of Prairie Island Indian Community and Red Wing. Through community conversations and events, they provide education to learn our shared stories, bridge our communities, and create a space for healing.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FUNDRAISER Second Non-Annual International Indoor World Hotdish Championship UPDATE: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WINTER Co-hosted with Art of the Rural
Whether you are a seasoned hotdish master or an ambitious newbie, please feel welcome to join your friends and neighbors in this competition to gain universal fame as the Second Non-Annual International Indoor World Hotdish Champion. With the warmer winter this year, we are thinking about grilling hot dogs rather than making hotdishes....so this event will be next winter. In the meantime....hone those skills and be ready to share your hotdish delights!
MINI MUSEUM VISITOR MONDAYS Lincoln Logs February 26 • 10:00 - 11:00 AM • History Center Family Rate: $10 (3-6 year olds + Adults) Preschool/Daycare/Home School Group Rate: $50 (Preschoolers + Staff/Helpers) Space is limited, please register in advance by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 by the Friday before. Learn more about about each topic and see related things in the museum, hear a story, make a craft, and have some playtime at each Mini-Monday. All supplies are provided.
2024 Mini - Mondays February 26 • Lincoln Logs March 25 • Art and Artifacts April 29 • Milking Time Long Ago May 20 • River Adventures Summer Break September 30 • All About Apples October 28 • Fire Brigade November 25 • Over the Hill and Through the Woods December 30 • Toys Through Time Also check out the Minnesota Marine art Museum Toddler Tuesdays!
CONVERSATION HISTORY BOOK CHAT 12:00 PM • Briarcombe Room, History Center Book Chat is free and open to the public. Participate in great discussions about the themes in each month’s book. Held at the History Center. Discussions begin at 12:05 p.m. for about an hour.
January 24 • Any book by Fanny Flagg Join in a lively conversation about a new book topic each month. For January we will be talking about books by Fannie Flagg. Bring your favorite to talk about! Fannie Flagg is an American actress, comedienne, and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–1982 versions of the game show Match Game and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
February 28 • The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson For the February Book Chat we will be discussing The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. The story weaves the voices of four women to follow a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. This book is available in the History Center Shop.
HISTORY ON THE RIVER CRUISE SERIES Educational Cruises Celebrating Our Heritage. 2024 Season Schedule Announced in Spring!
Experience the history, culture, arts, science, stories, music, and more that make Winona County, Minnesota so unique...on the Mississippi River.
Choose from two different cruise times in May, June, July, August and September. Each presentation will be offered during a 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. cruise and again for a 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. cruise. Also enjoy refreshments and the beautiful scenery of the Mississippi River.
Cost: Cruises can be purchased at the History Center or by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0.
$35 each for WCHS members
$45 each for the public
Get a season pass for all five presentations (you choose your cruise times, until sold out):
$150 for members
$200 for the public
General Cruise Information:
Cruises are aboard The Cal Fremling. This two level vessel has an accessible enclosed main deck with a restroom. The Cal Fleming is docked at the foot of Johnson Street at the Winona Levee.
Parking is available on Cal Fremling Drive (enter at Walnut Street) and off Johnson Street.
Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to cruise time. Cruises leave on time!
Cruises are non-refundable unless canceled by the captain or WCHS. We will go in rain. Flooding also rarely affects cruises. If Cal Fremling Drive is closed The Cal Fremling dock is accessible from Johnson Street.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the All-University Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee as part of the 8th Annual Arbor Day celebration and WSU’s “Tree-Campus USA” recognition.
The Ecological History Lecture Series, March 23 – April 21, 2021, is made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. We thank the generosity of the people of Minnesota. The webinar series is open and free to the public.