The Rice County Historical Society is seeking a 25 hr/wk Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have excellent people skills, assisting customers in a positive, helpful and professional manner. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Job includes office management, heavy computer use and general museum responsibilities. Send cover letter, resume and references to: Rice County Historical Society, 1814 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN 55021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Rice County Historical Society has recently begun a new high school volunteer program, the Museum Apprentice Program. The next round of orientation will begin on September 25. Apprentices in grades 8-12 will meet every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 and learn what is involved with work at a museum, and will do independent projects involving research, collections, exhibits and more!
Below is a testimonial from a current MAPster:
My name is Noah and I have been volunteering at the Rice County Historical Society for the last three months as a member of the MAP program. During the MAP program I have been kept busy doing many different kinds of interesting tasks around the museum. Recently, I have been repairing old, worn books in the Rare Book Room. My time hasn’t just been about repairing books though. I have helped catalog photos, move files, and research bikes as well. Another job I have had was helping with the log cabin during the fair.
I currently live in Faribault, with no intention of moving away. I am homeschooled, and in the eighth grade. Being the eldest child, I have three younger siblings; two sisters and one brother. Some of the things I enjoy are playing games and reading. Spending time with my family is also something that I enjoy. I have fun doing things in my homeschool group. Currently I have been going over to a friend’s house every two weeks to play games with him and a few other friends. I have recently caught wind that our film group may be starting up again soon. The group stopped making films for a while because both the director and producer/main cameraman got behind on their schoolwork and had to catch up. Our group (Phantom Films) has turned out a number of short movies, and it’s a blast doing them, so I can’t wait to start doing it again.
It has been enjoyable experience volunteering here at Rice County Historical Society. I’ve gotten to work on interesting projects, sit around all day at the fair, and spend time with different people. Who knows what I will be doing here next!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Brian Schmidt became connected to the Rice County Historical Society through his passion for collecting artifacts from the former Fleckenstein Brewery. After getting to know the staff at the RCHS Museum, Schmidt decided he wanted to be part of “a wonderful group of people that likes to preserve the history of Faribault and Rice County.”
Schmidt, who lives in Faribault, has been a volunteer for the past three years. He gives of his time as a member of the collections committee, fair committee, buildings and grounds committee, and helps in any other way he can such as hanging signs in Heritage Hall prior to the 2012 Rice County Fair.
For just over 20 years, he has worked for MOM Brands (Malt-O-Meal). He also worked at the former Treasure Cave blue cheese factory in Faribault for 11 years and for the United States Postal Service for one year. During his high school years, he worked for Larry Bhur at Sears (where Napa is located today).
Schmidt was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1962, and moved to Faribault in the early 1970s with his family. Today he is married with a house in Faribault, and he and wife, Toni, have two sons, Derek and Jarid.
His main hobby is learning as much as he can about Fleckenstein Brewery and collecting artifacts from that former Faribault business. He also likes to fish, travel, browse at garage sales, and learn new historic facts about Faribault and Rice County.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Shirley Rockman of Faribault enjoys her volunteer duties of filling in at the reception desk at the Rice County Historical Society Museum on days when the part-time administrative assistant is off.
What she likes best about volunteering is meeting and helping people who phone or stop in at the museum. She has been a volunteer at the RCHS Museum for the past six months. She learned about volunteer opportunities that fit her interest while attending a volunteer appreciation event at the RCHS with her husband, LeRoy Rockman, who is also a volunteer for the organization.
Shirley worked for 19 years at the Faribault Daily News; five years at Sheldahl in Northfield; and five years at Hoffmann Printing in Faribault, before retiring. She has much experience working with people, which has been a valuable help to RCHS. She also has computer skills, so helps out not only by answering the phone at the RCHS Museum, but with a variety of computer task as well as filing.
She and her husband have two daughters and two grandsons. They both grew up in Rice County. Shirley is also a volunteer for the Faribault Hospice program, and her summertime hobby is home canning.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Marilyn Garwood of Mendota Heights travels weekly to Faribault to volunteer at the Rice County Historical Society Museum.
What she likes best about volunteering is meeting new people and learning about the museum functions, and facts about Rice County history, even though she didn’t ever live here.
Garwood grew up in St. Paul. She has lived in Mendota Heights for many years. She began volunteering at the RCHS Museum 8 ½ years ago when her daughter, Sue Garwood of Northfield, became executive director of the RCHS.
She does a variety of work during her weekly trips to the museum, filing, typing, proofing, cleaning, shopping, answering the phones - doing just about anything her daughter, Sue asks her to do.
Her initial reason for volunteering was to spend time with her daughter, who was looking for volunteer help after she took over as director of the RCHS. As the years went on, she became friends with other volunteers. She also worked during most of the past eight Rice County Fairs, helping with the task of overseeing the historical buildings on the fairgrounds that are open during the fair and include the log cabin, one-room school house, church and Harvest and Heritage Halls, besides the museum.
Garwood is a widow with three grown children, who include two sons besides her daughter, Sue. She has five grandchildren, three boys and two girls. She is a retired nurse and currently serves as a parish nurse for the Episcopal church she attends. Her hobbies are reading, walking, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hello, I am Bridgette Reuvers-Slinger, a student from Hamline University, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Sociology. I have been interning at the Rice County Historical Society for about two and a half weeks now. Sue Garwood has asked me to help out with a display that they have that she feels is not up to speed. This has become my daily project.
The collection at hand is a set of archaic stone tools that were donated in the 1930s that were not cataloged and very little was known about the tools. I am in the process of cleaning old museum wax off of the tools, putting new accession numbers on each tool, measuring and documenting them, and writing descriptions about each individual tool. The descriptions that I have been writing include things such as potential names and how they were made. I have also spent a lot of time reading and researching not only the time periods but also the material of the tools.
One of the neat things that I have encountered thus far is one of the tools that I had initially thought was used for animal hide scraping. I had thought this because of the shape of the tool and the way that it compared to the other tools. After some more investigating and research I realized that the tool was not only categorized in the wrong time period but that it was not a scraping tool at all. After my research, I determined it to be a knife from an earlier time period. Thus far I have found three more tools that were incorrectly categorized as far as time periods. I have been using the physical evidence of the tools to try and decipher the time period. There are many books that are available that have visual representations of the tools that I have used for comparisons.
My end goal is to have the exhibit completely re-designed by the end of the month. One of the modifications includes a new way to display the tools in the collection. Perhaps instead of setting it up chronologically it would be more visually appealing to display the tools by the function. With some volunteer and staff assistance, I have already taken the background fabric off of the display and replaced it with new clean fabric. Soon I will start to write draft exhibit labels that will accompany the display.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Here is a list of search tips for using our most valuable resource for Southern Minnesota history research, www.dalbydata.com. These tips come directly from the the man behind the website, John Dalby himself.
All Dodge, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca County Cemeteries are coded.
Some cemeteries are coded in the following counties
Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Grant, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Morrison, Ramsey, Scott and Sibley, Lyon and many more
Click on Complete Cemetery Code List, Scroll down to find name of the cemetery you wish to search or click on COUNTY to sort and scroll down to see all in the County. The code for the cemetery is after the cemetery name. Go back to the main screen and enter the code in the Section box and click search.
Farm Burials Code
Goodhue County – GCFB
Rice County – RCFB
Steele County - SCFB
Enter the code into the SECTION box and click search. If more than 1000
enter the first letter of the last name in the LAST NAME box
With the code in the SECTION box enter one of the following in the NOTES box, Vet..,Accident, Drown, Killed, Fire, a surname, a date in the BIRTH or DEATH box, etc.
Maple Lawn Cemetery - To see all in section M, search MEN M To see all in lot 15, search MEN M-15.
The Cemetery File has over 900,000 records. You can search any field. If not sure of spelling (example) type R in last name field and R in first name field and click on search.
In the notes field search DROWN. In the death date field search OCT/2007 it will show all that died in that month. In the Notes Field search for Hinckley and you will find all known that died in the Hinckley fire in 1894. Search HOLLOW TREE in the notes field for a interesting story.
Search household number to find everyone in that household. Over 48,000 entries.
Owatonna Orphanage Kids. Over 1200 entries. 1900-10-20-30. Search 10482 in the Household Field.
Dakota County - East Christiana
Goodhue County - Aspelund - Gol - Hauge - Holden
Rice County - Christdala, Eklund, Faribault Mengihet - First English - Fox Lake - Immanuel - Markers - Zion.
Steele County - Moland - Sacred Heart, Owatonna
In the date field type 1865 in the city field type FARIBAULT, in the address field type MAIN and then click search. This will show everyone on Main Street in Faribault in 1865.
Type 1018 in the address field and Faribault in the city field, click search. This shows everybody living at that address in those years listed. Also in this file is a business directory showing all businesses in every town in Minnesota and the Dakota territory in 1880 and 1865.
The 1880 directory is a business directory of the State of Minnesota and the Dakota Territory. Search Hennepin County in the City Field, search Yankton in the City Field for all in Yankton, South Dakota. Search Saloon in the Occupation Field and 1880 in the Date Field, search NUTTING in occupation field and 1957 in date field to see all working at Nutting Truck & Castor in 1957.
Civil War File contains 26,000 names & data of Civil War veterans who mustered in the State of Mn. Enter RICE in the County Box and click search to see all that mustered in Rice County.
Search “Newspaper Articles” for “Church” in the Last Name field
County/Township Histories Individual Biographies
Search “Newspaper Articles” by Last Name.
Search “Newspaper Articles” for “Faribault” in the “Last Name” field, and in the “First Name” field search: City Of, Industries, Churches, State Institutions, Organizations, Early Milling
Lygin Studio Negatives
Search “People in Books” by name, or search “Historical” in the book field or “Lygin” in the Township field.
The “Military” book refers to the book compiled by John Dalby titled “Rice County Military Personnel, Volume I: War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I” (355.3 JD)
Search “Newspaper Articles” for “Grist Mill, Flour Mill, etc” in the “Data” field.
Search “Newspaper Articles” for the township or village in the “Last Name” field.
Search Cheese Factory in the data field. These are headlines to articles from Rice County Newspapers and also some articles.
Search the name of a county, township or village in the Last Name Field and read their history.
Northfield Bank Raid
Search “Newspaper Articles” for “James” in the “Land Name” field.
Obits starting in 1858, Search the Date Field for 1875 to see all obits in that year.
Type MAPLE LAWN in the Notes Field and click search to read 1000 obits on interments in Maple Lawn Cemetery. Type A in the last name field along with Maple Lawn in the notes field and search and continue with B, C, etc
The OBITUARIES FILE also contains biographies of early settlers throughout the state of Minnesota. In the notes field search RAMSEY COUNTY to see all in that County. We add to this file daily.
Owatonna Orphanage Orphanage Census
Search “Census” for “10482” in the “Household” field. Years available are 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.
People in Books
Search CANNON CITY in the NOTES FIELD and 1895 in the YEAR FIELD. This will show everyone in Cannon City Township in 1895.
Search CANNON CITY in the TOWNSHIP FIELD and 21 in the SECTION FIELD. This will show everyone living in section 21 in Cannon City Township from the different books we have entered.
Search “People in Books” for the township in the “Notes” field and the year in the year field. Also enter section number, and it will show you everyone living in the section of the township.
Search “People in Books” for “Dist. XX” or “No. XX” in the “Page” field to see the students in the years mentioned.
Search “Newspaper Articles” for “District No. XX” in the “Notes” field.
Search the Last Name Field in the Newspaper Articles File for INDIAN.
Who’s Who in Rice County
Entered in “Obituaries”; search “Mea Who’s Who” in the notes field.
You can now search the following schools and years for students, etc in the People In Books File.
Example - Enter Faribault in the Book Field, 1950 in the Date Field and click search. Search only the first name in the Book Field like Shattuck, Northfield, etc.
With the name of a selected school in the Book Field and a selected date in the Date Field and any of the following in the Township Field, Student, Teacher, Staff, Faculty, 7, 8 Freshmen, Sophmore, Senior, School Board or School Bus Driver (Northfield Only) and click search.