The Scott County Historical Society
At the Scott County Historical Society, we strive to make history relevant and fun! Our vision is to be a countywide professional institution taking a leadership role in managing Scott County historical resources. We serve our communities through preserving information and making it available through professional collection practices, exhibits and education/outreach programs for people of all ages.
Our Organizational History
The Scott County Historical Society incorporated in 1969. Its goals were to locate, collect, preserve and exhibit historic material and to interpret and disseminate the history of Scott County. One of its first projects was to establish the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project. With this project accounting for a significant amount of SCHS?resources, the collection, local research and exhibition functions of the Society were temporarily placed on hold.
In 1994, the Scott County Historical Society received a substantial grant from the Stans Foundation, which contributed the museum building, restored 1908 Dutch Colonial boyhood home of Maurice Stans and started an endowment fund. The Scott County Historical Society became the owner and custodian of the Stans government and African Collections.
Today, our collections include books, photographs, artifacts, oral histories, newspapers and other material limited to items related to Scott County and its residents. The Society’s programs and exhibits are designed to meet Minnesota Standards for Teaching Social Studies benchmarks.