Based out of Stillwater, “The Birthplace of Minnesota”, the Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of Washington County and its communities.  Join us on our journey through the Gateway to Minnesota History!

Characters Met While Covering the News – Stan Turner Featured Speaker at Annual meeting on Thursday March 29th at Lowell Inn.

The Washington County Historical Society is proud to announce its featured speaker for the Historical Society’s annual meeting as award winning journalist Stan Turner. The meeting, open to the public, will be held on Thursday March 29 at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater. Reservations are required.

Stan Turner’s distinguished career in broadcasting goes back to 1965, when he joined the news department at KDWB Radio.  He moved to KSTP Radio News in 1966, but rejoined KDWB as news director a year later.  He returned to Hubbard Broadcasting in 1968, taking a job as government reporter for KSTP TV.  Positions as associate news director, weekend anchor, news director, and then weekday co-anchor, followed.  In 1989 he took on the additional responsibilities of helping to launch a new satellite news operation:  CONUS / All News Channel.  Stan became the primetime weekday anchor and writer at CONUS, whose broadcasts were seen by a national audience of eleven million.

Since 2004 Stan has been news director, reporter, and newscaster with the MNN Radio Network, and hosts a Saturday program on KLBB Radio.  In addition to his broadcasting duties, Stan has devoted many hours to teaching young people interested in journalism.  He is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a former adjunct professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and a former president of the Minnesota Press Club.

The event is open to the public and the cost is $25 for WCHS members and $30 for nonmembers.The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social hour, dinner at 6:30 and the business meeting will be at 7:30. Stan Turner’s program will begin around 8pm.

Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information about the event

please call 651-439-5956

Museums are Closed for the Tour Season

The Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater is available for group tours in the off season, contact Gibson Stanton, Site Manager at or 651.439.5956 to schedule.

WCHS Latest Publications

Company K in the Border War

In 1916, Company K of the Stillwater National Guard was dispatched to the Mexican Border to defend against attacks from the famous Mexican rebel, Poncho Villa. Through letters and photographs from the WCHS collection, “Company K in the Border War” details the in-glamorous reality these Stillwater men faced while stationed in Texas.

This book recently won a Minnesota History Award for publications!!

Thru the Mill

Originally published in 1915, “Thru the Mill” was written by inmate number “4342”, George Bartlett, who served ten months in the old Stillwater Prison. This book is his account of life behind the stone walls of Minnesota’s most infamous prison.

 Want to help support your local history? Here’s your chance!

The Washington County Historical Society is the only county historical society in Minnesota that receives no annual assistance from their county.

We are 100% reliant on your generosity.

Thank you for helping us save our shared stories and history!

Museum and Research Center Hours

Research Center
602 Main Street N., Stillwater
Open year-round
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 12:00-5:00 PM, Wednesdays 3:00-9:00 PM
Please call ahead or email to confirm research center availability.
(651) 439-5956 |

Warden’s House Museum
602 Main Street N., Stillwater
May – October: Thursdays – Sundays 1:00-5:00 PM.
Final day of regular tour season is Friday, October 27.

Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log Home
14020 195th St N, Marine on St Croix
May, September, October: Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM
June-August: Fridays – Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM
Final day of regular tour season is Saturday, October 27.

Eder School House
4442 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN
June – August: Sundays 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


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