Please Note: Registration, by calling 507.454.2723 Ext. 0, for programs, tours and receptions are encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome but we can not guarantee space. Please wear a mask. Thank you!
Events & Fundraisers
Warm Winona Winter Wishes Gift Bucket Coming soon!
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Holiday Shopping and Happenings!
Shop Small and Museum Store Sunday November 26 - 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. History Center Museum Shop Downtown Winona will be offering deals and fun getting ready for the holidays. Give the gift of Winona County history. November 26 - 28 spend $25 or more in the Museum Shop and get a free Watkins gift (while supplies last) and $5 off a new or gift membership. Membership to WCHS makes a great gift! Benefits include:
Subscription to The Argus
Event, Class and Program Deals
Free Admission to WCHS Museums
and the Archives
Museum Shop Discounts
Members’ Annual Holiday Sale 25% Off Museum Shop purchases all December! As an annual gift and thank you for our amazing members’ support the Museum Shop has a special 25% off sale all December long. Some exclusions apply. The Museum Shop is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features locally made items, books, apparel, games and toys, Winona and Minnesota gifts and much more!
Downtown Winona Holiday Window Walk November 26 - December 31 The Grinch is the theme for this year’s Holiday Window Walk supported by the Winona Main Street program. Check out the window displays downtown, including ours at the History Center and vote for your favorite.
Our Annual Events
Museum Open House, February
WCHS Annual Meeting, March
Moonlight Revels, TBD
Heritage Dinner, TBD
Voices From the Past: Cemetery Walk, October
Handmade Neighborhood, November 20, 2021
Christmas House Tour and Family Christmas Festival alternate each year in December, TBD
Programs, Activities & Classes
Historic Walking Tours Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour! Brush up on your local trivia for prizes. All tours are an hour long and cost $10 per person. Bottled water is included. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Sponsored by WNB Financial.
Halloween Downtown Tours October 30 and 31 1 p.m. starting at the History Center.
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. Oct. 27 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts As MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, 77 year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set.
Dec. 1 - Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by Sheila O’Connor Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy.
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.
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.