Celebrating Swiss Heritage in the St. Croix Valley

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Curious about some of Stillwater's oldest immigrants? Join us for a special event at the Washington County Heritage Center, celebrating the rich Swiss heritage and stories in Minnesota, particularly in Stillwater and the Twin Cities. Save the date: Sunday, August 27, from noon to 2pm! The highlight of this event is the screening of "IN'AVENTURA […]

PART ONE: White Bear’s Notorious Gangsters with Sara Hanson

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Alvin "Creepy" Karpis The White Bear area was a haven for the 1920s and ‘30s era gangsters who wanted to get away from it all. Join us to learn some gangster lingo while you hear the tales of infamous visitors such as Ma Barker, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and Baby Face Nelson. Presented by White Bear […]

Minnesota’s Golden Age of Wrestling: AWA Tag Team Mayhem! with George Schire

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

On this visit to the Washington County Heritage Center, wrestling historian and author George Schire discusses all of the incredible tag team combinations that made the AWA one of the greatest promotions for three decades.    Which team was the best?  As Schire shares his stories, your mind will be in the ring, wrestling to […]

Black & White Movie Night: “Carnival of Souls”

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Black & White Movie Night, Halloween edition! "After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival."  Carnival of Souls is a 1962 American psychological horror film produced and directed by Herk Harvey and written by John Clifford from a story by Clifford and Harvey, and starring Candace Hilligoss. Its plot follows Mary Henry, a young woman whose […]

“Images of America: Forest Lake” book talk with Justin Brink

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Book cover Author and historian Justin Brink is joining us to share his BRAND-NEW BOOK "Images of America: Forest Lake"! Books will be available for purchase at the event. Come learn about Forest Lake's exciting history!  About the book: Like so many of the places that lined the route from St. Paul to Duluth, Forest […]

Book Launch: “The Last Bookseller” paperback edition with Gary Goodman

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Gary Goodman returns to launch the paperback version of his book "The Last Bookseller!" Many remember his store St. Croix Antiquarian Books in Stillwater, a mainstay on Main Street for 27 years. Gary will present on the book and tell stories about the wild world of buying and selling used and rare books.  Hosted in […]

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” with author and retired law enforcement officer L.C. Simon

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

L.C. Simon releases his new book “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a fictional piece based on true events from his decades in law enforcement working on behalf of children. Hosted in partnership with Valley Bookseller, who will have Simon's book available for purchase at the event.   Free! Attend in-person OR on Zoom (see Zoom link […]

Saving Your Stuff: How to Care for Art, Heirlooms, and Personal Collections with Megan Narvey

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Learn about the “ten agents of deterioration” and how to preserve and protect the things you value. There will be a presentation followed by an open question and answer period. Recommendations for how to find additional resources will be provided at the event. About the presenter:  Megan Narvey is the Outreach Conservator at the Minnesota […]

Swedish Christmas Craft Sunday

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Come celebrate the holiday season, Swedish style! This festive day will include making these three very simple paper craft tree ornaments, drinking hot chocolate, munching on Christmas cookies, and enjoying Gammelgården's brand new Swedish Christmas exhibit in Community Corner.   The event is free and no registration is required. All ages are welcome! All craft […]

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The Last Man’s Club of Company B with Mike Frain

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

Charles Lockwood A bittersweet tradition that stemmed from the Civil War was an organization called The Last Man's Club. Civil War reenactor and longtime WCHS volunteer Mike Frain will present on this club that began as a group of friends and became legendary. The men of Company B of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment […]

Black Pioneers of Washington County with Brent Peterson

Washington County Heritage Center 1862 South Greeley St, Stillwater, MN

  WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson will be presenting stories about Black pioneers in the St. Croix Valley and the early trails that they blazed in a multitude of social and entrepreneurial arenas. Among these stories is a man named Charles Jackson, a newly freed slave turned businessman who followed the Minnesota Regiment to Stillwater […]