About Us

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 Mission:
To search, save and share the history
and cultural heritage of Scott County


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.

schs-logo-icon-green-GIVE-NOWToday, 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.


We’re Hiring a Program Manager!

This position is responsible for Scott County Historical Society (SCHS), public programs and develops strategic partnerships and collaborations, and maintenance of the contact database and communications. This position requires a high degree of public contact.


 Summer Internships Available

The Scott County Historical Society is seeking energetic interns for summer 2018 to assist in a number of museum projects.  If you are interested in museum education, curatorship, exhibit development, or just history in general, we offer a number of great opportunities for interns looking for a start in museum work.  These unpaid positions will run for approximately three months, with flexible hours.


  1. Research, design, and install three offsite exhibits (Prior Lake City Hall, Elko New Market Library and Scott County Courthouse)
  2. Research, design, and install central hall exhibit
  3. Work with SCHS exhibit contractor to research, design, and install the Play Ball exhibit (opening September 2018) – includes all aspects of exhibit development on a variety of sports topics.


  • Deliver hands-on programs at various libraries and city festivals
  • Build audience list and contacts

Interns may assist in other areas of museum work, including public programs, exhibition development, and publicity.

Interns must be undergraduate students with some background or interest in history or museum work.  Previous experience conducting research is a plus.  Applicants should be enthusiastic, creative, and willing to work on a variety of projects, with strong written and oral communication skills.  Selected intern will oversee projects based on their interests and the priorities of the museum.  Interning at SCHS will give you a great introduction to the field of local history and non-profit work, as well as help you build contacts and personal interests.

To apply, please send resume, letter of interest and two references to:

Kathleen Klehr, Executive Director
Scott County Historical Society
235 Fuller St. South
Shakopee, MN 55379
Or email: klehr@scottcountyhistory.org
The deadline for spring applications is April 15, 2018. Summer internships are for the full three months with flexible hours.  For more information contact Kathleen Klehr at the above email address or (952) 445-0378.

 Museum Garden Available for Weddings!Grounds-web

The garden has a lovely path with a Pergola tunnel from the Historic 1908 Stans House (which is perfect for bride’s use), to an open lawn area suitable for over 100 guests.

Poor weather?  No problem… your ceremony can take place in the Museum atrium.

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