Call for 2022 NCHS Board Members

The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) is currently accepting applications for new members of its Board of Directors. NCHS has the privilege of preserving, protecting, and sharing Nicollet County and Minnesota's rich history. 

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NCHS COVID-19 UPDATE: MASKS REQUIRED

COVID-19 UPDATE: MASKS REQUIRED Beginning Thursday, August 12th, all employees and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors at our sites, regardless of vaccination status. This change in mask requirements is due to increased COVID-19 cases (specifically the Delta variant) in Nicollet County. In addition, the Center for Disease

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150 Years at the Nicollet County Fair

On October 4, 1871, the Nicollet County Agricultural Society held the first annual Nicollet County Fair. Much like today, fairgoers saw horses, pigs, cows, locally made furniture, fruits, vegetables, flowers, paintings, and photographs.

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WELCOME BACK!

We missed you. After a 15-month hiatus, the Nicollet County Historical Society is excited to welcome you back through our doors. Thank you for your continued support and patience during this unprecedented time. We hope to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, while adhering to health and safety protocols.

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CORPORAL WILLIAM A. CLARK

HISTORICAL SALUTE TO VETERANS – CORPORAL WILLIAM A. CLARK By Marlin Peterson, NCHS volunteer By today’s standards, the military Medal of Honor is given only for extraordinary deeds of heroism and valor, ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty. The medal was instituted during the Civil War and was the

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GENERAL WILLIAM CAREY BROWN

Garretson Addison Brown and his wife, Susan, moved from Ohio to the new community of Traverse des Sioux in Nicollet County in 1853.  At various times, Brown operated a store, was in the livestock business, served as a postmaster, and was Nicollet County Judge of Probate from 1859 to 1868.  

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WAR OF 1812 VETERANS

By Marlin Peterson, NCHS volunteer The oldest known veterans buried in Nicollet County are most likely three men who served during the War of 1812, between the U.S. and Britain. Most people have very little knowledge of that war, other than the poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” written in September 1814

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WWI TREASURES IN THE STOREROOM

Too old to join the American army, Luther Stone enlisted in the Canadian army at Winnipeg Manitoba on March 25, 1918, just four days before his 45th birthday.

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Bob Looks Back: 1880 Fire at the St. Peter State Hospital

Death came to more than a dozen men during the darkness of a cold November night in 1880. The men died in a fierce fire in the north wing of the St. Peter State Hospital.

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NCHS CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS

The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) is currently accepting applications for new members of its Board of Directors. NCHS has the privilege of preserving, protecting, and sharing Nicollet County and Minnesota’s rich history.  We do this by: Offering exhibits providing access to, a­nd interpretation and enjoyment of, our collections artifacts

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