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OWLs Fly to Winona County Historical Society

In keeping with the history and heritage theme we will visit the Winona County Historical Society for our February outing. We can explore three floors of permanent exhibits; we will find carriages, wagons, horse-drawn fire equipment and sleighs filling their “Main Street.” Open to view are Bailey and Bailey Dry Goods, a blacksmith shop, pharmacy, dentist and the robbery-proof Security State Bank from the days of Bonnie and Clyde. We will also be treated to a special exhibit: New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, 1825-1925. The St. Paul Sons of Norway Synnove Nordkap lodge has researched and developed this 20-panel exhibit highlighting the history of Norwegian immigration to Minnesota. Winona’s chapter of the Sons of Norway is sponsoring this interesting look into the lives and traditions of 19th and early 20th century Norwegian immigrants. Artifacts from the Winona County Historical Society’s collection and family treasures are on display along with stories of Winona County’s Norwegian immigrants. We will be given a brief overview of the museum followed by time to leisurely observe the exhibits. The museum is handicap accessible Following our visit we will have a delicious lunch at a local establishment before returning home. Cost of the museum is $5.00. Lunch is on your own. We will leave the church at 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 26th and return before 3 PM.