Waseca County Historical Society

Waseca, MN   |  www.historical.waseca.mn.us

Mission

To collect, maintain and interpret the unique history of Waseca County; and to make our historical information, including genealogical records, accessible.

Ruling year info

1971

Co-Executive Director

Mrs. Sheila C. Morris

Co-Executive Director

Joan Mooney

Main address

P.O. Box 314 315 Second Avenue N.E.

Waseca, MN 56093 USA

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EIN

41-0966847

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Annual Chautauqua at Maplewood Park

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Population(s) Served

See previous photo and caption. This event takes 5th/6th graders out to frozen Clear Lake to experience scoring, cutting and hauling blocks of ice out of the lake and into storage (a sawdust insulated ice house) for use the following summer. The ice house is opened at the Chautauqua in early July to see the ice survive. The students also learn about winter survival/cooking skills, and enjoy a sleigh ride and some sledding.

Population(s) Served

The public is invited to visit our basic website free, but WCHS members can access the thousands of records, photos, archives, and indexed information that genealogists, writers, researchers need regarding Waseca County.

Population(s) Served

WCHS is currently working to present the Waseca County Timeline Exhibit, over 13 panels of decade by decade highlights of county history displaying key artifacts and the most unique stories from the Archives and Collection. We hope to include new technology for expanded background stories. Up to three other seasonal or special topic exhibits are planned annually.

Population(s) Served

Three luncheon-lectures presented in March, April and May annually are planned by inviting authors, performers, or experts on a theme that is determined every year. Lunch is catered and served between 12 noon and 1 and $16 for non-members. We draw from 45-75 attendees at each event.

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Awards

James Donahue Community Service Award 2001

Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce

Margaret Sinn, former WCHS Executive Director, 1989-2006 2007

American Association of State and Local History-National Merit Award

Sheila Morris, WCHS Co-Executive Director 2002

Waseca Chamber of Commerce/Donald Eustice Memorial Award

Affiliations & memberships

American Association for State and Local History 2011

American Association of Museums - Member 2011

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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WCHS enjoys a great reputation as a local historical organization. Our goal is to grow programs and exhibits for the education and entertainment of area families and visitors. Keeping WCHS operations funded and endowments growing is foremost, so that this growth can happen via grants, memberships and donations. WCHS receives research visitors from all over, it also seeks to become a tourist/visitor destination as well. Becoming fully exhibited with current technological resources and community support will make that happen.

Create and maintain quality communications and relationship building with current and potential members and donors.
That general action undertaken by staff, members, and volunteers leads to all the good things for a nonprofit--increased membership, visitorship, donations, endowment growth, volunteerism, broadened support, collaborations within the community.

With a limited staff of five part-time employees, and a board of directors of fifteen members of the county community, we are able to offer four annual events, including the planning, funding, promotion, preparation and presentation with the help of volunteers and grants. Each staff members has special talents and all "mesh" to fill in wherever another task needs completing. On staff skills include graphic design, writing, print production, editing, library organization, research, museum archive and artifact processing, technological skills for website upgrades, equipment maintenance and selection, speaking, etc.

Significant Capital Campaign raised $168,000 from 2007-2009
Membership hovers at just under 500
Endowments have grown by over $350,000 since 2012
County Board and Township Board support maintained
Annual fund campaign initiated just two years ago deemed successful
Significant grant support from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for ADA compliance, for exhibit plan and research, for historical evaluation for another Waseca County site on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dealt with significant museum and library building maintenance and upgrade issues

Financials

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Waseca County Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 04/10/2014
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Audra Nissen-Boyer

Mankato Area Community Education

Term: 2012 - 2014


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