Temporary Exhibits

The Goodhue County Historical Society strives to bring a rotating schedule of temporary installations and traveling exhibits to our facility in Red Wing. Twice each year we debut a new installment in our township exhibit series. Visitors will find national and state-wide traveling exhibits in the Main Lobby. Check back often for our most up to date exhibit schedule.

The Red Wing Sister Cities Collection: Gifts of Friendship from Quzhou, China and Ikata, Japan

May 5–September 30, 2018


Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships.

The Red Wing Sister Cities Commission, established in 1992, promotes cultural exchange between cities of different nations to foster strengthened economics, world peace, and a greater understanding of world issues. The City of Red Wing has two official sister cities. Our relationship with Quzhou, China began in 1993 and our relationship with Ikata, Japan became official in 1995. Teacher, student, and artist exchanges are the hallmark of these relationships, and a collection of gifts representing over two decades of friendship and international exchange is their enduring legacy. Examples from the City of Red Wing’s collection will be displayed among works of art created by Red Wing residents Dawn Zero Erickson and Dan Wiemer during their exchanges to Quzhou, China.


Minneola & Stanton Townships

Now on view through January 2019

Image courtesy of the GCHS

Explore Minneola and Stanton Townships, two communities connected by Highway 52. Stories about these townships include the Zumbrota and Barr Clay factories, the ghost towns of Cascade and Old Stanton, the Oxford Mill and ruins, a ski jumping club, the Stanton Airfield, and the Cascade and Byllesby Dams.