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Pop-Up Program! "Your Secret Ingredient"

Do you have an old family recipe that’s been passed down for generations?  What about an old piece of traditional cookware that you still use to add that magic touch to your meals? It could be anything- we want you to share it! The Stearns History Museum will be hosting a pop-up exhibit, where you can bring your recipes, special ingredients, or just tools of the trade, and share it and its meaning to our visitors. Bring your items any time between April 21 and 26, fill out a label, and on Tuesday, April 26 at 530 pm, we will host a show and tell session – where you can tell us your story!

Hops & History

In collaboration with Pantown Brewing, the Stearns History Museum is hosting a fun monthly program that combines historical trivia and local craft beer. Cheers to that! Join us for a historic happy hour on the second Thursday of January, March, and May 2022. Enjoy local craft beer while you listen to a discussion of historical topics that are dark, quirky, or just plain fun. Come for the beer, stay for the history!

Whippersnapper Hour

Kids ages 7-13 are invited to our Whippersnapper Hour, an interactive Saturday history program that allows them to get their hands on some history!

MN Voices Book Club

This winter and spring, we will continue our virtual book club series, welcoming some prestigious authors as they discuss their books and some of the most important and relevant topics of the moment.

Breakfast Club

Our popular Breakfast Club series is back! On the second Wednesday of every even-numbered month, come to the museum for donuts, coffee, and history! And just to spice things up, we are taking Breakfast Club on the road in April and August of 2022! It’s free for members and just $7 per session for nonmembers.

YouTube Videos

If you’re interested in learning a little local history from the comfort of your own home or screen, check out our YouTube page! We have videos on everything from the Jefferson Highway to scary clowns to making your own delicious cocktails at home!

Century Farms Program

In June of each year, we honor Stearns County families by designating their farms as Century Farms with the installation of commemorative markers. This program recognizes the long history of area farmers as stewards of the land and the tradition of passing down a way of life to family members.

Memory Writers

A writing group that meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10 AM, Memory Writers provides both writing topics and the opportunity to share your work. This program is free to Museum Members, and $7 per meeting for non-members. Join in to polsih your writing skills while telling your story.

St. Cloud Area Genealogists

The St. Cloud Area Genealogists meet the third Tuesday of the month – January-May and September-November – at the Stearns History Museum. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Cost: Free-will donation for nonmembers.

Civil War Roundtable

This group meets at 3 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month during the academic year at the Stearns History Museum. Each meeting focuses on a different Civil War topic, and is open to the public. Cost for nonmembers is usually a freewill offering.

Discover Your Program

Programs at the Stearns History Museum have been created especially for visitors like you, who are as excited about history as we are. We’ve designed each one to be a unique experience where you can interact with our resources, our museum staff, and other like-minded participants.

These programs can be something you try once or look forward to each month. Explore our current program offerings below, and find dates for each one on our Calendar.

Exploring History & Culture in Central Minnesota: HMML Event Series

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) presentations are part of the Exploring History & Culture in Central MN series, which is a partnership between Benton County Historical Society, Morrison County Historical Society, Stearns History Museum, and Sherburne History Center. There will be four presentations in all. Enjoy!

Field Trips & Guided Tours

The Stearns History Museum is a great destination for school groups and other groups interested in a guided tour through our exhibits. Our Program Curator can tailor our offerings to your specific age group, interests, time frame, or other need. Contact us directly to learn more.

Program Support

Programs at Stearns History Museum are created and managed by our internal staff, and funded by generous donations from community members like you.

Consider supporting our programs with a financial gift to the Stearns History Museum at any time of year. Thank you for your support.

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