The Great Winona County History Hunt August 6 - 20, 2021 Go on a new scavenger hunt to find the missing history facts for historic locations across the county. Find and fill in the missing facts on the map by the deadline for a chance to win $500. Fun for all ages! Sponsored by Lewiston Auto. Details coming this summer!
Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk 2021 Accessible Performance of Sites, Wednesday, October 6, 6 PM at the History Center Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, Noon - 5 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students, $3 Youth 12 and under (ages 3 and younger free)
We are excited to announce the 2021 Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk theme will be Scoundrels, Scandals and Skulduggery II. We will take a look at the seeder side of local history through those that lived it. Back in 2012 this theme was a huge hit and we are excited to share more shady characters and those who saved Winona from them.
Pay at the gate and then roam to the various acting sites at your own pace and in any order. A map and more information is provided and guides will be throughout the Cemetery to help with directions and answer your questions. Limited seating will also be available.
Our Annual Events
Museum Open House, February
WCHS Annual Meeting, September 30, 2021
Moonlight Revels, postponed until 2022
Heritage Dinner, TBD
Voices From the Past: Cemetery Walk, October 9 & 10, 2021 Woodlawn Cemetery
Handmade Neighborhood, November 20, 2021
Christmas House Tour and Family Christmas Festival alternate each year in December, TBD
Programs, Activities & Classes
Join us on a Historic Walking Tour! Downtown Winona Walking Tour Offered July 10, 17, Aug. 7, 14 all starting at 2 p.m. from the History Center Pre-register by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 Cost: $10 per person Time: 60 minutes, 12 blocks total Min. 10 – Max. 20 guests per tour Take a fun romp through Winona’s historic downtown to see some great architecture, hear some surprising stories, and play a game or two. Bottled water included.
Windom Park Historic District Walking Tour Offered July 9, 16, Aug. 6, 13 all starting at 2 p.m. from the History Center Pre-register by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 Cost: $10 per person Time: 60 minutes, 10 blocks total Min. 10 – Max. 20 guests per tour Join us on a walk from the History Center to Windom Park to learn more about the historic mansions that surround it, see some historic places along the way including the public library and Winona County courthouse. Bottled water included.
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.
Book Chat Book Chat is free and open to the public. Participate in great discussions about the themes in each month’s book. All books selected are available in paperback or at the Winona Public Library. Held monthly on the 4th Wednesday in the Briarcombe Room at the History Center. We hope to see you again soon!
Pioneer School We are looking forward to bringing back Pioneer School in 2022.
Students step back in time to experience life in a one room schoolhouse. This popular summer day camp is offered at the Rural Heritage Museum annually. Check out more on the Pioneer School page to learn about this fun experience.