THOUSANDS OF ARTIFACTS

A COLLECTION OF TREASURES

Since the beginning of the Nicollet County Historical Society in 1928, the primary focus of the organization’s earliest leaders was preserving the stories of Nicollet County.

However, complicating the Society’s infancy was that the many artifacts were initially donated because there was no building to house them. NCHS spent many years moving the collection all over St. Peter awaiting a permanent home. Over the years, NCHS was in the First National Bank basement, the Konsbruck, the Nicollet County Courthouse basement, the Neubert Hatchery building, and the Central Community Center.

After many unsuccessful years searching for a permanent place to call home, NCHS won a 100-year lease on land in May 1988. The Treaty Site History Center opened in 1994, finally providing a safe home for our treasures.

Today our collection contains thousands of artifacts. Photographs, manuscripts, books, maps, and more are preserved and readily accessible to researchers. Early agricultural implements share space with toys, dresses, uniforms, musical instruments, sports equipment, furnishings, portraits, and other artifacts of local significance in 3-D storage. We continue to seek unique items of specific historical importance to Nicollet County and its people.

DONATING AN OBJECT

NCHS is always looking to expand our collection of objects from Nicollet County’s rich past. If you would like to make a donation to the collection, contact our Research Coordinator via email at research@nchsmn.org to discuss the process. Visit our Collection Donations page to learn more.

DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Minnesota Reflections is a database of digitized materials shared from across Minnesota. NCHS has contributed more than 1,500 objects to the Minnesota Reflections project. Visit our collection here. 

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