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Join us in a Great Adventure!

We would like to share some exciting news with you. The Washington County Historical Society has set out on a monumental adventure to preserve our community's place in history. We have an opportunity to dream the dream by expanding our mission statement to serve the greater community with a new Washington County Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center will be an exciting place to come visit, learn and discover our heritage through many creative avenues of visual, technical, interactive and educational means. Not only will we be able to house important items from our own local history, but we will be able to bring to you traveling exhibits from important museums all over the country.

Please take a moment to review the link below, make a pledge and become a part of history with us!





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Dustyn Dubuque New Hay Lake School Museum Manager

The Washington County Historical Society is excited to announce that Dustyn Dubuque has been hired as the Hay Lake School Museum site manager in Scandia, Minnesota.

Dubuque is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and will graduate in December 2014. He has worked with the Dunn County (WI) Historical Society the past two years as the site manager of the Empire in Pine Museum in Downsville, Wisconsin. His background includes museum studies, American Indian studies, women in the American family, Civil Rights, and professional wrestling history.

“I love smaller museums and the strong community ties and atmosphere they bring,” Dubuque says, “having the ability to get the public involved in the learnings and teachings of history is something that I truly enjoy!!”

The Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log House museums are located just south of Scandia and are both on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open from 1 to 4pm Saturdays & Sundays in May, September and October. The museums are open during the same times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August.

For more information about the museums, booking tours or the 7th annual Hay Lake Beer Tasting scheduled for Saturday June 21st, call 651-433-4014.





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Renew Your Membership for 2014

It is time to renew your membership to the Washington County Historical Society. Your membership is very important to the organization and we hope you will consider upgrading your membership for 2014. Please fill out the 2014 Membership Form and send it to: WCHS Memberships, PO Box 167, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082.



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A History of Washington County: Gateway to Minnesota History

The new Washington County history book, written by Robert Goodman, the first in over 30 years, brings county history up-to-date, about equal attention to pioneer and more contemporary life, and explaining the county's unique role as the gateway to Minnesota history. This book is arranged by generations, starting with the pre-settlement period and continuing on through the suburbanization of the present day. The book also includes the local histories of 33 Washington County communities.The 280 page book is fully indexed and nicely illustrated. $25

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Beer Tasting at Hay Lake School!

2014 Beer Tasting
Check out this video from the WCHS Beer Tasting at Hay Lake in June!




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WCHS Mission Statement

Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of the county and state of Minnesota.