Holiday House Tour Sunday, December 4 • 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets available at the History Center, $18 public / $15 members
This favorite winter fundraiser is a self-guided tour of six homes and a church. Tickets include a map, location histories, and a bag for your shoes. The tour can be done in any order and tickets are available now and the day of the tour at the History Center.
Explore some of Winona's historic homes and get inspired for the holiday season! This year the tour features apartments and common spaces in the former Madison and Central Elementary Schools. You will also find some festive treats and live music along the way. The History Center is open during the tour. Tickets include a coupon for the History Center Shop.
Tickets must be presented at each location for entry. We ask attendees to remove their shoes at the private residences. Volunteers will be at the homes to help and answer questions. Only public restrooms at the History Center, Church or other public locations (like gas stations) may be used, not in the homes. Thank you for not touching and respecting these private properties. We thank the wonderful owners of these properties for sharing them for this event.
2022 Tour Stops: 1. 7th St. Retreat (Steve and Nancy Bachler), 153 W. Wabasha (7th) Street 2. Gina and Michael Henderson House, 214 W. Wabasha (7th) Street 3. Central School Apartments (Central Square), 317 Market Street 4. Madison School Apartments (Madison Place), 515 W. Wabasha (7th) Street 5. Grulkowski House (Fran Edstrom), 1629 Clubview Rd. 6. The Broadway Exchange (Damon & Tanya Dais and Tammy & Tanner Remlinger),663 E. Broadway (6th) Street and the Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway (6th) Street
Programs, Activities & Classes
Book Chat Book Chat is free and open to the public. Participate in great discussions about the themes in each month’s book. Held monthly at the History Center. Discussions begin at 12:05 p.m. for about an hour. Led by Audrey Gorny.
November 30 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
The Book Chat will take a winter break and resume April 2023.
History on the River Educational Cruises Celebrating Our Heritage! 2023 schedule will be announced in the spring.
Experience the history, culture, arts, science, stories, music, and more that make Winona County, Minnesota so unique...on the Mississippi River.
Cruises are on the third Thursday in May, June, July, August and September aboard The Cal Fremling. Each cruise is 90 minutes long with a program, a changing assortment of hors d’oeuvres or desserts with a variety of beverages and sightseeing time. Please note the earlier departure times as we near the end of the season when the days get shorter.
General Cruise Information
Parking is available near the Levee off Johnson St., Main Street and Walnut St. as well as on Cal Fremling Drive. The Cal Fremling is docked near Johnson Street.
History on the River cruises are aboard The Cal Fremling operated by Winona State University. The two-level vessel features AC and heat in the enclosed lower deck with an open canopied upper level with seating. There is a restroom on board. The lower deck is handicap accessible. Light refreshments are included.
Updates or cancellations will be posted here at least 3 hours prior to the cruise or call 507-454-2723 ext. 0 with any questions. If a cruise is canceled due to weather (we will go in rain) or river conditions, ticket holders can choose another cruise or can be issued a refund, otherwise cruise tickets are non-refundable. Unfortunately, any canceled cruises are not rescheduled.
Cruise Updates or Cancellations:None
Online Lecture Series: The Ecological History of Winona County Now Available to View Online: Webinar Series in partnership with Winona State University
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.