New Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 1:00 pm
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!
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Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 5:30 PM – 9:00 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.

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.

Andersonville Prison Presentation

Sunday, September 13, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Hay Lake School Manager Dustyn Dubuque will discuss the lives of Union soldiers held in the infamous Andersonville Prison Camp.

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.