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!
WCHS Fall Membership Meeting – Thursday, September 22nd
Guest Speaker – Author, Frank White
A century before Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to World Series championships, Minnesota was home to countless talented African American baseball players, yet few of them are known to fans today. During the many decades that Major League Baseball and its affiliates imposed a strict policy of segregation, black ballplayers in Minnesota were relegated to a haphazard array of semipro leagues, barnstorming clubs, and loose organizations of all-black teams—many of which are lost to history.
“They Played for the Love of the Game” recovers that history by sharing stories of African American ballplayers in Minnesota, from the 1870s to the 1960s, through photos, artifacts, and spoken histories passed through the generations. Author Frank White’s own father was one of the top catchers in the Twin Cities in his day, a fact that White did not learn until late in life. While the stories tell of denial, hardship, and segregation, they are highlighted by athletes who persevered and were united by their love of the sport.
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The Warden’s House, Hay Lake, & Eder School Museums are now open for tours!
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The Washington County Historical Society is the only county historical society in Minnesota that receives no annual assistance from their county.
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Museum and Research Center Hours
Warden’s House Museum: (602 Main Street N., Stillwater) May 1st – October 31st, Thursdays – Sundays 1:00-5:00 PM. Tours at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, & 4:00 PM.
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
Eder School House: (4442 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN) Every Sunday, June 5 through August 14th (except July 3rd) – 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Research Center: (602 Main Street N., Stillwater) January 1st – December 31st, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 12:00-5:00 PM / Wednesdays 3:00-9:00 PM
Please call ahead (651.439.5956) or email (email@example.com) to confirm Research Center availability.
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