Many in the area have attended the Christmas celebration sponsored by Minnesota City Historical Association (MCHA) at the Historic First Baptist Church (first church in Winona County). The focus of interest for many is the horse-drawn wagon rides provided by the Maus family. A second focus is the luminaria which line the steps and sidewalks at the church entrance. These draw the first appreciative “oohs” and “aahs” as the people arrive. This year the annual celebration will be held on December 14 beginning at 5 p.m. with horse-drawn wagon rides followed by the Yule Log procession at 6 p.m., a holiday skit, performances, caroling, and refreshments. The well-attended festival always informs many with new facts about history at this annual festival. A most interesting fact in Minnesota City history was the visit on Christmas Eve to three of the churches by many church members — Methodists, Lutherans, and Baptists. Jean Gardner has suggested that the ecumenical nature of church attendance may have accounted for this. A church requested by the Catholics was added in 1925.
This year’s free public family event is scheduled for December 14 at 140 Mill Street in Minnesota City. Invite your friends.