phantom.movie.wh.v2Outdoor Museum Movie Night presents: “Phantom of the Opera” 

Thursday, October 20, 2016 –  6:30 – 8:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Join the Washington County Historical Society for a night of (relatively quiet) terror beneath the stars as we screen the 1925 silent-film classic “Phantom of the Opera” at the Warden’s House Museum!

The screening will begin at 6:30 PM and the museum will be open to the public from 5:30 until when the film begins.  The movie will be shown outside so we recommend dressing warm and please feel free to bring lawn chairs & blankets to sit on.

The selection of “Phantom of the Opera” is not only appropriate for the Halloween season – but also because the film features the performance of Olive Ann Alcorn – a Stillwater native!

Bring out the family and help re-capture some of the lost magic of watching a movie outdoors!

This is a free event made possible by WCHS’ generous supporters and donors.

Concessions will be available for purchase.




go_fund_me_v2_digitalRev. Boutwell Open House

Sunday, October 23, 2016 –  1:00 – 3:00 PM
12588 Boutwell Road, Stillwater

The Washington County Historical Society, which purchased the historic Rev. Wm. Boutwell House at 12588 Boutwell Road in Stillwater last year, will hold an open house in the facility on Sunday October 23, 2016 from 1-3pm.

The house was partially demolished before an HGTV personality halted the demolition until another solution could be found. Just before the demolition was to resume, the Washington County Historical Society came in and purchased the entire property to restore.

Rev. Boutwell, an early missionary to the Ojibwa Nation at Leech Lake, also escorted Henry Schoolcraft up the Mississippi River where they discovered and named the true source of the River – Lake Itasca. Boutwell came to the St. Croix Valley area in the 1840s and helped to establish congregations in the area which include the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. He was also the first Chaplin of the Minnesota Territorial Senate in 1849.

Now entering phase two the restoration project, the Historical Society invites the public to come and see the historic home stripped down to the bare studs inside and talk with contractors, architects and members of the Historical Society Board of Directors to see how far they have come – and how much further the restoration needs to go.

In 1890 Rev. William Boutwell passed away in the house and was buried across the street in the family cemetery.

The open house is free, but donations are encouraged and accepted.



Paranormal Investigations: Techniques & Theories with the Johnsdale Paranormal Group

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, & 7:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater
On Saturday, October 29th, the Johnsdale Paranormal Group will host their fourth annual, “Paranormal Investigations: Techniques & Theories” program at the Warden’s House Museum. The free event will be held at the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater. They will host encore presentations at 11:00AM, 3:00PM, and 7:00PM. Each time slot will feature the same program and will last about 80 minutes.

Get yourself into the Halloween mood and learn about all the exciting investigations performed by the Johnsdale Paranormal Group at such famously haunted locales such as the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, Wisconsin, the S.S. William A. Irvin in Duluth, the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and of course, the Warden’s House itself!

During this open to the public presentation, founder Justin Miner and his co-investigators will delve into the audio and video recorded evidence they have collected while explaining the state-of-the-art equipment, theories, and techniques used during a “ghost hunt”.



Warden’s House Holiday Event

Saturday, December 17 2016 – 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Enjoy a Stillwater holiday tradition!

Meet with local authors while sampling sweets and treats!



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Saturday, January 2017
Lowell Park, Stillwater

An Ice Cream Social in January? Why not!

Join your neighbors and fellow Minnesotans for some FREE Ice Cream provided by Leo’s Malt Shop,

Let’s scoff at Father Winter’s best efforts to keep us indoors! Don your winter wear, grab your ice skates, and head to the northern part of Lowell Park on the riverfront called Mulberry Point.

Chili will also be available for a nominal fee.