St. Croix Base Ball Club Schedule

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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.
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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.


Fall Membership Meeting with Guest Speaker Denis Gardner

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Lowell Inn Banquet Hall, 102 N. 2nd Street, Stillwater, MN

Denis Gardner, author of “Wood + Concrete + Stone + Steel: Minnesota’s  Historic Bridges” will be the featured guest speaker at the annual WCHS Fall Membership Meeting to discuss historic Washington County bridges.

“Gardner’s exhaustive history of bridge building in Minnesota is a refreshing reminder that we once lived in a state where government—and the private sector—took pride in creating artful infrastructure. With the help of historical photographs, Gardner offers a rare glimpse at the engineering feats that characterized Minneapolis’s early years.” – Minneapolis Observer Quarterly

Social hour begins at 5:30 PM, Dinner begins 6:30 PM, Membership Meeting at 7:30 PM, Presentation at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $20.00 for WCHS Members and $25.00 for non-members.

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Hay Lake Photography Exhibition

Sunday, September 27, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Hay Lake Schoolhouse, Scandia

A Wisconsin based photography club headed by Marilyn Rau will be holding a free and open to the public exhibition of their photographs.  The pictures feature historic sites such as the Warden’s House Museum and, of course, the Hay Lake Schoolhouse itself.

Bring your own camera, take advantage of our scenic museum, and learn a few of the club’s best tips and tricks!


Scandia Living Cemetery Tour

Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Elim Cemetery, Scandia (directly across from Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia)

Chat with the ‘ghosts’ of Scandia’s past – without having to consult a Ouija board!

Guests will be guided through the cemetery, stopping to meet actors portraying various figures of the area’s history – all whom are buried at this very cemetery.  You’ll meet a former reverend of the church, a victim of the 1931 meningitis outbreak, a Civil War soldier, and more on this interesting and unique way to explore local history.

This free and open to the public event is made possible through a joint partnership between the Gammelgarden Museum, the Elim Lutheran Church of Scandia, and the Washington County Historical Society.


Paranormal Investigations: Techniques & Theories

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
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.

Each time slot will feature the same program and will last about 80 minutes.


Annual Warden’s House Holiday Event

Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

Avoid the lines at the department store and treat yourself to our unique holiday shopping experience in a beautiful 19th century historic home!

Visit and chat with local authors while enjoying tasty treats and holiday-themed tunes provided by local musicians! Part of the month-long traditional Hometown for the Holidays celebration in historic Stillwater.