Established in 1949, the Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) is the only self-funding historical society in the state, and through its mission of preserving and sharing history today for tomorrow, SCHS provides programming and exhibitions that serve to engage and educate visitors of all ages.

History is chronicled through stories of immigration, Civil War involvement, agricultural legacy and American Indian heritage, all of which contribute to narration of the area’s past.

Learn about the settlement of Steele County, propelled by both industry and physical attributes—the arrival of rail lines, its industrial roots and river location.

Location

1700 Austin Road
Owatonna

507-451-1420

Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday:

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday:

10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday:

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Preserving the strength of Steele

Whether it’s tracing the roots of the Steele County Fair or learning about the revolution of butter and dairy, visitors are able to appreciate the ingenuity unique to this area.

Relive the past in the Village of Yesteryear, established in 1962, or conduct your own historical research. Over 300 volunteers contribute valuable information to various genealogical resources.

Capture Steele County’s past by actively preserving history today so that it can be shared tomorrow.