Handmade Neighborhood Online November 21 - December 21, 2020 This popular local makers sale is normally held the Saturday before Thanksgiving with artists throughout two levels of the History Center. For your safety, and the safety of the artists, the 2020 Handmade Neighborhood will be online. A beautifully curated group of local makers and their creations will be found online November 21 - December 21, 2020.
Winona County Christmas Bucket Fundraiser Pre-Order November 23 thru December 13 and Pick - up December 18 & 19 Substituting for the Christmas House Tour, the COVID-19 safe, Winona County Christmas Bucket Fundraiser is a new way to support Winona County history this year.
Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk 2020: History at a Distance Thank you for a fun and safe event this past October. We are also offering this year's Voices From the Past online. Check out the film and make a donation.
Voices From the Past: Cemetery Walk, October 10 & 11 at Woodlawn Cemetery; October 8 seated indoor performance at History Center
Handmade Neighborhood, Nov. 21 - Dec. 21, 2020
Christmas House Tour and Family Christmas Festival alternate each year in December (Canceled for 2020)
Programs & Classes
Food For Thought: A Lunchtime Learning Series Learn on your lunch hour! Programs begin at 12:05 p.m. and last approximately one hour (unless otherwise noted).
Virtual Meet & Greet with Carrie Johnson Wednesday, December 9 at Noon Carrie is the new Executive Director of WCHS and is excited to become part of the Winona County community. Learn more about her, and have a virtual visit during this special Food For Thought. A link to join the online program via Zoom will be found here.
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 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.
With the continued increase of cases in the area, uncertainty surrounding safe gatherings with COVID-19, and in consideration of our largest demographic being some of the most vulnerable, we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 season of History on the River. We are looking forward to the 2021 season and hope for the best in the coming months. Thank you for your continued support in other ways.
The WCHS’ History on the River cruises offer educational experiences with a different topic each week that celebrate Winona County’s community with music, culture, story, and history. Cruises are aboard either The Cal Fremling or Winona Tour Boat on Thursday evenings during the summer season. Each cruise is 90 minutes long with a program and sightseeing time. Light refreshments are included with each cruise as well. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to the listed departure time. Please note the earlier departure times as we near the end of the season when the days get shorter.
Parking is available near the Levee off of Johnson and Walnut Streets, as well as on Cal Fremling Drive. The Cal Fremling is docked near Johnson Street., and the Winona Tour Boat is near Walnut Street. If Cal Fremling Drive is closed due to flooding, access is usually still available to the docks at either end.
Tickets are sold in advance at the History Center or by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. They are $27 or $22 for members; Pick 3 for $75 or $60 for members. Tickets are not refundable unless a cruise is canceled by WCHS*.
2021 Season Information will be posted in the Spring!
*Any cancellations will be determined 4 hours prior to departure time and are decided by the captain. We will go in rain. With these safe larger vessels river levels do not normally affect the cruise schedule, but we will announce any cancellations if needed. Plan that the cruise will go unless you get a call from us. If a cruise is canceled due to weather or river conditions, ticket holders can choose another cruise or can be issued a refund, otherwise cruise tickets are non-refundable. Unfortunately any cancelled cruise topics are not rescheduled.