Before we can preserve our history, we need to know what it is.
The Historical Society's educational programs help people discover Minnehaha County.'s rich cultural legacy and the need to protect it. We have several “signature” programs that define who we are and create a dedicated membership.
Our series of docent-led architectural walking and bus tours have served residents and visitors since 1979. Additional special tours focus on the work of a particular architect, neighborhood, or architectural style.
Launched in 1987 to draw attention to the plight of disappearing and neglected Historic Barns, the annual Historic Dinner series will not only feed and entertain thousands each year it will demonstrate the vitality of Minnehaha's extraordinary Historic Barns and raise funds to help preserve and keep them viable. This series is primed to become our most popular event. We even have plans to roll out an annual Hootenanny in order to celebrate our rural roots and the family-friendly Barn Dances of yore!
Our youth outreach program engages children and teens in understanding and connecting with the architecture of their own neighborhood and the city around them in order to cultivate the next generation of preservationists.
Since 1982, we have officially recognized outstanding achievement in preservation through our annual Preservation Awards.
Our website and social media networks provide information anytime and offer real-time feedback from readers. We have a great, engaged presence on Facebook and Twitter, and most recently, Instagram.
We constantly seek new ways to engage everyone in celebrating and preserving our shared heritage.