Each February, the Winona County Historical Society hosts a museum open house as a thank you to the community for loving their local history. The free event has crafts, games, tours, entertainment, demonstrations, treats and more. This year WCHS is adapting the open house to provide some of those same activities in a COVID-19 friendly way. The Winona County History Center is currently open Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will expand their hours starting Monday, Feb. 8, to Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4p.m.
Vintage valentines and virtual class with MCA
You could buy a Valentine’s Day card, or you could show your friends and loved ones how much they mean to you by creating one of a kind vintage inspired valentine. On Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2-3 p.m. Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, with the support of the Winona Fine Arts Commission and in partnership with the Winona County History Center, invites community members aged 6 -106 to join a free virtual art class. Register online at winonahistory.org/to-do to receive a link to this Zoom class. Free Vintage Valentine’s Day Kits can be picked up at the Winona County History Center from Feb. 4 - Feb. 13 while supplies last.
Joining from a distance or you don’t have time to grab a kit before the class? Grab a pen, some colored paper and any Valentine’s themed craft supplies you have on hand and get ready to learn some card making tips and tricks while you craft a unique valentine for someone special in your life.
History Center free admission
Visit the Winona County History Center exhibitions and archives for free from Feb. 8-13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go on a historical hearts hunt, artifact bingo and more for prizes, partake in family games while you visit, and grab a free vintage valentine kit to make at home (while supplies last and see above for more).
Online fun Feb. 7-13
Follow WCHS on Facebook or visit their Virtual Visit portal at winonahistory.org for videos of staff favorites from the collections, a behind the scenes tour and more. Join the conversation at #loveoflocalhistory and @winonahistory.