A Dazzle of Dragonflies

Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse – Scandia, MN.

Ron Lawrenz, Director of the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center will be hosting a presentation covering different kinds of dragonflies and damselflies in Washington County.  Ron was a resident of Big Marine Lake for 23 years and has a background in aquatic ecology with an interest in dragonflies.  The “Dazzle” portion of the title to his presentation is the name of a group of dragonflies, who knew?  The end of May will also be an exciting time for this presentation as their should be plenty of dragonflies around lakes in the Scandia area.

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.


Newell Burch: Civil War Prisoner of War

Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum – Stillwater, MN.

2015 marks the last year in which to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War.  Museum Manager of the Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log House, Dustyn Dubuque, will be presenting his Masters thesis about a Prisoner of War soldier from Menomonie, WI.

Dustyn, a Menomonie native, has researched the Civil War life of Newell Burch.  From his enlistment period, to marching south for the Union army, to being captured at Gettysburg, to spending 21 months as a Prisoner of War.  What makes this man so special?  Burch, a man of little education, was a resourceful man who was able to understand the importance of maintaining ones health under such troubling circumstances.  This self awareness would be the main reason he was able to survive as a prisoner of war for so long.

This is a free and open to the public event.


Washington County in the Civil War

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse, Scandia

Bob Goodman, co-author of In Their Own Words: The Civil War As Seen by Washington County Soldiers, will give a presentation at the Hay Lake School to talk about the men from Washington County who were there when the last shots were fired, 150 years ago. Bob has delved into diaries, reminiscences and news articles written by local boys that tells what the war was like, the way they saw it as it happened. Bob’s book, published by WCHS in 2011, will be available for signing!                           

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.

This is a free and open to the public event.


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.

One Room Schools

Stories From the Days of 1 Teacher, 1 Room, 8 Grades

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse, Scandia
In One Room Schools, Susan Apps-Bodilly chronicles life in Wisconsin’s early country schools, detailing the experiences of the students, the role of the teacher, and examples of the curriculum, including the importance of Wisconsin School of the Air radio programs. She describes the duties children had at school besides their schoolwork, from cleaning the erasers and sweeping cobwebs out of the outhouse to carrying in wood for the stove. She also tells what led to the closing of the one room schools, which were more than just centers of learning: they also served as the gathering place for the community.
Susan Apps-Bodilly drew from the research compiled by her father Jerry Apps for his book, One-Room Country Schools: History and Recollections.  To learn of a one room school while sitting in one is quite an interesting experience!

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Professional Wrestling In Minnesota

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

Minnesota has a large history with professional wrestling, beginning with the AWA in 1950.  Names synonymous with Minnesota include Jesse Ventura, Mad Dog Vachon, Verne Gagne, and The Crusher.  Whether you are a current professional wrestling fan or remember it as a kid, this presentation will be filled with history and stories of the era of Minnesota pro wrestling. 

Join former American Wrestling Association (AWA) color commenter and current promoter of Twin Cities based Steel Domain Wrestling (SDW)  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.