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.

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. From local club teams to high school squads to National Hockey League players to Olympians, Rice County is a hockey hotbed...
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. Millinery was one of the few jobs outside the home available to women at the time, and Steele County boasted a few shops...
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. If you have more information or memorabilia about these, or any other Rice County bands, that you’…
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 F…
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. One of those also is a family tree of sorts for the Winkley family of Faribault; it includes th…
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. Her music was performed by popular opera stars of the time such as David Bispham and the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle …
A Look Back: Anti-Horse Thief Association, Steele County
The Steele County Historical Society’s Paul Nelson explains how the Anti-Horse Thief Association was created in Steele County in 1902. Horse thefts had been increasing, and residents needed a way to protect their stock.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted …
A Look Back: Township Records, Rice County
Township records can be a useful tool for people researching their genealogy. Sue Garwood shares some of the types of information found in the Rice County Historical Society’s collection, including birth and death records, road records and court proceedings...
A Look Back: Mule Thefts, Steele County
Just how prevalent were horse and mule thefts in the early 1900s? The Steele County Historical Society’s Paul Nelson takes a look at one such theft from the Fred Ahrens farm and how the Anti-Horse Thief Association may have been involved...

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