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February 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Crafts, Candy, & History

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free Family Fun Day: Crafts, Candy, & History at the Goodhue County History Center. On Saturday, February 5th, visit the History Center and create a variety of fun Valentine’s Day gifts and cards while learning the history behind the famous Hallmark holiday. The program begins at 12 PM and runs until the museum closes at 3 PM. Free family Fun Day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy.

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History Break- Men in the Middle: Wacouta I, Iron Cloud and the 1851 Minnesota Land Treaties

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Leaders of the Red Wing Mdewakanton, the Wahpekute and their fellow head men face a confounding dilemma during rancorous land concession talks with US representatives. Conducted at Mendota, treaty negotiations stall while Eastern Dakota chiefs ponder a dilemma. They could sell millions of acres of their Minnesota homeland and enrage militant followers pledged to shoot the first chief to sign such a treaty, or refuse to meet the demands of coercive American negotiators and further delay desperately needed annuity payments…

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March 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Pottery

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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The Goodhue County Area has long history with clay and pottery. Join the Goodhue County Historical Society for a pottery themed day of family fun. Learn about the history of pottery in Goodhue County by exploring the museums collection of pottery.  Also get to make your own pottery piece to take home with you.  

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History Break: Red Wing’s Charles McClure and Minnesota Territory’s 1857 Constitutional Crisis

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Present-day Minnesotans decry political partisan gridlock, but the divided government of today couldn’t match the legislative meltdown brought on by the 1857 debate over a state constitution. Bitterly separated by party loyalty and ideology, Republicans and Democrats refused to even meet. Assigned the job of creating a constitution for the new state of Minnesota, they came up with two—one from each party. But Charles McClure, Red Wing attorney and a promising emerging leader of the three-year-old Republican Party, helps bring…

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April 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Hop into Spring

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Check out Free Family Fun Day at the Goodhue County History Center! From 12-3 PM on Saturday, April 2nd, visit the museum for our spring themed afternoon featuring crafts and activities. Stroll through the exhibit halls with your family exploration guide and discover all the artifacts and stories that remind us of the spring season. Bring the family to a fun-filled afternoon of activities. Paint your own flower pot. Learn about the vegetables local farmers grow in the spring, and…

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History Break – Answering Lincoln’s Call: Hamline’s Men and Women during the Civil War Years

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Among the first Minnesota volunteers to fight in the Civil War, students at Red Wing’s Hamline University become deeply involved in the disastrous conflict from the first combat losses of former classmates at Bull Run through the years of fighting that follow. A company of Hamline soldiers also take part in the tragic US–Dakota War of 1862, an internal “civil war” with the Minnesota Mdewakanton. Letters and diaries bring insight to the lives of women students on the home front,…

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Earth Day Fun at GCHS

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Goodhue County historical societies earth day event People are invited to visit the museum for free and take a look at our exhibit "Down Stream Stories " which talks about the importance of water to Goodhue County and have a chance to do a planting activity on the patio to take home some wildflowers. 

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GCHS: American Indian Boarding School Stories – Speaker Brenda Childs, Northrop Professor

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5.00 – $7

GCHS Stories Thursday, April 28 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cost: $5.00 Members - $7:00 Nonmembers Brenda J. Child is Northrop Professor and former Chair of the Departments of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she received the President’s Engaged Scholar Award in 2021. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. She is the author of several books in American Indian history including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (1998), which won the North…

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May 2022

Free Family Fun Day: Natural History

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Check out Free Family Fun Day at the Goodhue County History Center! From 12-3 PM on Saturday, May 7th For a day of Natural history. Try being a paleontologist and digging our fossil boxes or look around the museum at our natural history exhibit.  Also join us for a fun craft Free Family Fun Day is sponsored in Part by Xcel Energy

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History Break: Speaker: VP Shelley Buck, PIIC Tribal Council Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

                                                                                    Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council Vice President – Shelley Buck History Break  Wednesday, May 11, 2022  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Vice President - Shelley Buck will talk about American Indian boarding schools and history of Prairie…

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