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A Look Back

Each week, we post a new video discussing Rice and Steele county history, presented by the Rice and Steele County Historical Societies. Join us each Sunday as we take A Look Back and learn how Rice and Steele counties have evolved.

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A Look Back: Fleck’s Beer Sign, Rice County

Brian Schmidt discusses the inspiration behind one of the newest pieces of the Rice County Historical Society’s Fleck’s beer collection – a new Fleck’s Beer sign modeled after one that stood in front of the brewery years ago...

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A Look Back: Vintage Dresses from the Kinyon Family, Steele County

Jerry Ganfield tells us about some of the vintage dresses donated to the Steele County Historical Society by the Kinyon family. The dresses include the wedding gown and mother-of-the-groom dress from Florence Riddell Kinyon’s 1911 wedding, some day dresses from the 1880s, and some 1920s-era flapper dresses...

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A Look Back: 1940s Ticket Machine and Usher’s Coat, Rice County

Brian Schmidt explains how the 1940s ticket machine works and some details behind the usher’s coat on display at the Rice County Historical Society Museum...

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A Look Back: Ernest Winship, Steele County Autos & Roads

Daniel Moeckly gives us a preview of the Steele County Historical Society’s coming Autos and Roads exhibit with a profile of Ernest Winship, a local leader on the Jefferson Highway project and in building engines and chassis...

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A Look Back: Hockey in Rice County

Sue Garwood shares some pieces of the Rice County Historical Society’s extensive collection of items from the county’s rich hockey history...

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A Look Back: Hat History, Steele County

June Voss delves into some fashion history with a look the creation of hats and the evolution of hat fashion as guided by social changes, focusing on the cloche hat...

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A Look Back: Rice County Bands and Dance Halls

Sue Garwood shares some of the Rice County Historical Society’s diverse collection of band posters and other information about popular Rice County bands and dance halls...

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A Look Back: March-April 1917 News, Steele County

Steve Groening reports on the March-April 1917 news for Steele County. Topics include President Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war on Germany, Owatonna’s National Guard Company I ordered to more than double its recruits to a force of 150, a proposal to dissolve the Farmers Cooperative Meatpacking Co...

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A Look Back: Hair Art, Rice County

Sue Garwood discusses the history and tradition of “hairwork,” artwork made from human hair. The Rice County Historical Society has several pieces, two of which are on display...

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Steele County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Harriet Ware, Steele County

Robyn Ladd tells us about Harriet Ware, a graduate of Owatonna’s Pillsbury Academy and a famous teacher, lecturer, composer and publisher of music in the early 1900s...

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