SoMN HISTORY—A NEW COLLABORATION will offer visitors a look into the history of southern Minnesota and provide ideas for adventures to the region.

RED WING, MN---SoMN History, a group of southern Minnesota history museums, announces their collaboration designed to promote weekend and mid-week travelers to take a historical drive connecting six local history museums that are just 30-60 minutes apart. As part of this new partnership, SoMN History has created a website to aid visitors in discovering more history in the

Dustin Heckman, Executive Director at Goodhue County Historical Society, one of SoMN History’s member societies, said, “We are excited about the launch of our new website and hope that history buffs young and old are enticed to visit our sites and experience a region that is overflowing with rich history.”

The Goodhue County Historical Society, located in Red Wing, is Minnesota’s first county historical society established in 1869.  Its History Center features a dozen exhibit areas, research library, gift shop, and a beautiful overlook park for visitors to get a great view of the historic downtown and river valley.

The Steele County Historical Society, in Owatonna, is home to the Village of Yesteryear comprised of 19 historic buildings. Tours available. Visitors may also experience rotating exhibits in the History Center, explore our genealogy and archives department, and visit the County Junction gift shop.

The Waseca County Historical Society, in Waseca, has a new permanent Timeline of Unique Stories exhibit on the open balcony of the former church building with colorful, painted dome and original palladium stained glass windows. Both the museum and the Bailey-Lewer Research Library are ADA compliant.

The Nicollet County Historical Society at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter, features a national award-winning exhibit on the Traverse des Sioux Treaty of 1851 and its consequences, as well as local history topics, and a full-service research archive. 

The Rice County Historical Society, in Faribault, is the home of Bishop Whipple; Fleckenstein Brewery; Bruce Smith and his Heisman Trophy; and WWII WASP, Elizabeth “Betty Wall” Strohfus. Visitors can walk around a 19th century main street exhibit, and come to research in the archives. 

And, the Northfield Historical Society, in Northfield, presents the annual re-enactment of the historic Jesse James Bank Robbery, as the museum is situated in the actual bank building. 

SoMN History website visitors are able to learn more about what is offered at the partnering historical societies, look into upcoming events being hosted at each of the six locations, view sample travel itineraries, and read a SoMN History blog featuring stories from all of the locations.

SoMN History is a collaborative of Southern Minnesota historical societies and museums formed for the purposes of promoting interest in the participating organizations, as well as providing opportunities for sharing ideas and resources. The partnering historical societies reflect the unique features of their communities through their collections, interpretation, and preservation of local history. 

For more information on SoMN History and their partner organizations, visit