New Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Sunday, March 15, 2015 
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Anyone who is passionate about preserving and sharing our local history is invited to attend an informal informational meeting at the Warden’s House on Sunday, March 15th at 1:00 PM to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Washington County Historical Society.

WCHS relies on our volunteers’ help with everything from guiding visitors through our museums, to collecting data for our tens of thousands of artifacts, to even serving tea at our Annual Christmas Event! Wherever your interest in history lies, we can tailor a volunteer experience to suit you!


2015 Chocolate March

Sunday, March 22, 2015 
Warden’s House Museum, Aurora Staples Inn, Water Street Inn, Cover Park Manor, Outing Lodge – Stillwater, MN.

The 2015 Tour is set–plan now to taste your way through B&B Inns of the Valley with chocolate, chocolate and More Chocolate!

The 2015 Chocolate March of the Bed & Breakfast Inns of the Scenic St. Croix River Valley is a delectable way to discover the diversity of our Inns in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Review the schedule of Sundays: March 15th, 22nd, and 29th to decide which Sunday to tour. Purchase tickets in advance for only $26 ($53 value), and “get inside” these beautiful and unique B&Bs and taste your way through the valley. Tickets are $30/person when purchased the day of the event.

Event details and ticket purchasing

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Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 5:30 Social Hour, Dinner at 6:30, Meeting & Presentation at 7:30 PM
Water Street Inn, Stillwater

We are excited to announce that Cathy Wurzer will be the special Guest Speaker at the 2015 WCHS Annual Membership Meeting.

Cathy Wurzer is the host of Morning Edition for MPR News. She is also the co-host of Almanac, a weekly public affairs program produced by Twin Cities Public Television for Minnesota’s statewide public television network. Wurzer has won four Emmy Awards for her work on Almanac. Prior to her return to radio, she was an anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis. She has also been a talk show host for WCCO-AM radio, a producer for KMSP-TV, and political reporter for KSTP-AM radio.

She will be discussing and selling/signing copies of her 2008 book, “Tales of the Road: Highway 61“.

Reservations are required and can be placed by calling 651.439.5956 or online: WCHS Members / Non-Members


Warden’s House Open House

Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Help us kick off the 2015 touring season by joining us for this free and open to the public open house event!

Enjoy refreshments while getting a sneak peek at the latest exhibits at the Warden’s House Museum!


Interesting Inmates of the Stillwater Prison

Sunday, May 17, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater
WCHS invites you to hear a few untold stories from inside the walls of the Old Stillwater Prison (1853-1914) with Warden’s House Site Manager, Sean Pallas.
From foreign prisoners delivered by the US Army to con-men who dolled out sucker punches – we’ll examine the lives and misadventures of a few interesting inmates.
This is a free and open to the public event.

8th Annual Hay Lake Beer Tasting

Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse, Scandia

Bottom’s up! Join the Washington County Historical Society for our 8th Annual Beer Tasting at the Hay Lake Schoolhouse in Scandia, MN.

We’ve lined up 14 fantastic breweries for this always popular event! Sample local craft brews from Sand Creek Brewing (WI), Joseph Wolf, Lift Bridge, Surly, Summit, Tin Whiskers, Big Wood Brewing and many more!

This is a 21+ event.

A $15 admission fee helps support WCHS’ ongoing mission of preserving and sharing our county’s history.


Accacia Masonic Lodge 150th Anniversary Presentation

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Join Grand Lodge District Representative Greg Guffey as he delves into Minnesota’s Masonic history to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Accacia Lodge in Cottage Grove. The Accacia Lodge holds the unique distinction of being the only Masonic Lodge in Minnesota to adhere to a Lunar-cycle schedule.


Outhouse Archeology

Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater
Mark Youngblood will be visiting the Warden’s House Museum to share his unique style of unearthing history.   Mr. Youngblood has spent more than 30 years locating and excavating 19th and early 20th century privies and outhouse locations.  A century ago, folks used their outhouses as garbage dumps. But what was trash 100 years ago are sometimes today’s historic artifacts.
Mr. Youngblood will share some of his techniques, stories, and a few favorite items he’s discovered at this presentation anyone interested in local history won’t want to miss!
This is a free and open to the public event.

Hay Lake Speaker Series – Susan Apps Bodilly : One Room Schools

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse, Scandia

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Join former American Wrestling Association (AWA) color commenter Mick Karch and George Schire, author of “Minnesota’s Golden Age of Wrestling” for an afternoon at the Warden’s House Museum to discuss the history of professional wrestling in Minnesota.

Note: All folding chairs during the event are only to be used for sitting, not striking other audience members when the ref isn’t looking.

This is a free and open to the public event.


Paranormal Investigations: Techniques & Theories

Saturday, October 24, 2015 
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

The Johnsdale Paranormal Group makes their third annual trip to the Warden’s House Museum to investigate the supernatural claims surrounding the house’s history.  During the presentation, lead investigator Justin Miner will share and discuss intriguing evidence the group has collected from various allegedly haunted locales across Minnesota.

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