In 1926, a diverse group of people from all around Rice County gathered to form a new, more comprehensive historical preservation society to carry on the work of Rice County’s Old Settlers’ Association, whose membership was waning. By the end of the year, the Rice County Historical Society was founded.
Early RCHS Annual Meetings and programs featured local researchers presenting papers on varied topics ranging from the history of pioneer achievement, to agriculture, industry, and educational institutions of the county.
Today, Rice County Historical Society’s holdings include the Alexander Faribault House, a one-room school, a log cabin, a historic church, Harvest and Heritage Halls, and the Museum of History. The collection includes more than 25,000 negatives and photographic images, more than 16,000 artifacts, and more than 450 linear feet of archival material.
RCHS’s contribution to the Northfield-Rice County Digital History Collaborative includes the manuscripts of those early papers, as well as rare artifacts collected over the last nine decades.
Find a summary of the RCHS historical collections here.
Rice County Historical Society is located at 1814 NW 2nd Ave. in Faribault, Minn. They can be reached by phone at (507) 332-2121.