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July 2021

History Break: Digging in the Pottery Dump

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join our speaker Austin Fjerestad as he talk about his experiences digging in the pottery dump in Red Wing. Take an in depth look at the process diggers use to methodically dig and find treasures hidden in the ground. Also see some of the interesting pieces he has found  in his nearly 2o years digging in the pottery dumps. This program was pre recorded and will be premiered digitally on Zoom. Follow the link below on the day of the…

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Walk into Local History: Walking the Jordan Creek

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Did you know a river used to bisect downtown Red Wing? Or that the same river continues to flow beneath the town? This guided walking tour leads participants along the historic route of the Jordan Creek, with a collection of anecdotes and historical photographs to make the history of the Jordan Creek come alive. Tours will depart from in front of City Hall in Red Wing and end at Levee Park. Ticket Prices Members: $7.00 Non-Member: $10.00 Contact the Goodhue…

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August 2021

History Break: Amelia Ullmann’s Amazing Adventure – Her 1857 travels to Red Wing and Other Exotic Places

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us in person or virtually for this month’s history Break. Remote, rugged and little known, Minnesota Territory in 1857 lay on America’s northwest frontier, its scattered villages housing settlers longing to make their distant outpost the 32nd star on the United States flag. U.S. officials had pried open the door to regional development after purchasing millions of acres of Dakota and Ojibwe heartland during a half-century of contentious negotiation. Meanwhile, St. Paul merchant Joseph Ullmann and his unconventional wife,…

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Stories at GCHS: Hardest Lot of Men

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Speaker Joseph Fitzharris Professor Emeritus of St. Thomas University. Dr. Fitzharris specialized in the U.S. Civil War, and economic and Military History. He is the Author of the “Hardest Lot of Men: The 3rd Minnesota Infantry, Broken and Forged Anew” During the evening he will be focusing on Mattson and his “Scandinavian Guard” company D and Gurnee’s Company E . Both Local to Goodhue County, he will share some of their adventures and misadventures with a few reading selections…

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September 2021

Free Family Fun Day: Back to School

September 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Join us for our September Free Family Fun day and take a step back in time and learn what it was like to be taught in a one room school house. participate in some fun projects and see if you are smarter then a student in the 1940!   Free Family Fun day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy

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Research Rewards in the County Courthouses and Town Hall Records

September 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us on September 15th at noon for our September History Break offered digitally through Zoom. Follow the link below to join the day of the program. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86765911417 Courthouses and town halls all across the U. S. are treasure troves of records for family history research. Yes, they include birth, death, marriage, and probate records, but go far beyond these. Learn about these basics and also tax, divorce, naturalization, criminal and civil court records, and others. Today the records might…

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Walk Into Local History: Back Alley Tour

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Explore the early history of downtown Red Wing through the lens of the alleys of modern Red Wing that still tell stories of the past today. In these locations there are remnants and clues that tell a colorful story and the past of Red Wing still today Learn about series of fires in 1876 that reshaped how the downtown looks today, and learn on how the Jordan Creek shaped early buildings in area Meet us at John Rich Park and…

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Red Wing: “Cradle and Original Home of Western Basketball, 1895-1970”

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ask any Minnesota sports fan in the 1950s about the state’s most popular winter attraction, and the answer would be boys high school basketball. Every city, town and village had a team, and Red Wing, with four state championships and three runners-up trophies, had captured the most hardware. School size did not matter—all battled to be the one true prep basketball champion. But Red Wing boosters made another claim about the crowd-pleasing sport: Their city was “the cradle and original…

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October 2021

Free Family Fun Day: Halloween

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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Join us on October 2nd from 12-3 for for a hauntingly good time at the history center for our Halloween themed Free Family Fun Day. There will be some sweet treats and fun activities for families. Also help us solve the mystery at the museum by finding and solving the clues hidden around the museum.   Free Family Fun day is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy

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Walk into local History: Exploring Oakwood Cemetery

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cemeteries are many things–tranquil, solemn, beautiful, peaceful–but they also hold unique historical information about an area. By journeying through cemeteries, we learn about an area’s population and development, beliefs and customs, trials and tribulations, its growth and renewal. Explore Red Wing’s Oakwood Cemetery, one of Minnesota’s most historic cemeteries, with the Goodhue County Historical Society on Saturday, October 16, and learn more about Red Wing’s textured past. Tour will take place at 10 AM. Tour is about 90 minutes to…

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