Immerse yourself in programs designed to inspire.
Historic Harvest Fest
Join us at the Stearns History Museum for the 2nd Annual Historic Harvest Fest! This year, we are going bigger and better- with more carnival-style games, a cake walk, games on the plaza, a tour of our Victory Garden, and much more! We will also be on the lookout for the best hotdish recipe!
Where: Stearns History Museum Plaza
When: Saturday, September 24, 10 am-1pm
Cost: Nonmembers- $10, $5 for children, Members- free
Hops and History: A Celebration of Brewing
Join us at the Stearns History Museum for the 2nd annual Hops and History: A Celebration of Brewing! Once again this fall, we will be privileged to host four local craft breweries and one cidery on our very own Plaza, as they pour some of their standout beverages for guests! One ticket gets you a 6 oz. glass that you can fill as many times as you’d like- try them all!
Where: Stearns History Museum Plaza
When: Saturday, October 1, 1-4pm
Cost: $25/person (no member price)
Sundown Cemetery Tour
This fall, join us for a lovely cemetery tour as the autumn sun sets. We will meet at North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud, discuss the history of the beautiful cemetery itself, and make stops at several graves of interest. Afterwards, the group will meet for a toast to the fallen at the Martini Lounge in downtown St. Cloud.
Where: North Star Cemetery and the Martini Lounge (Red Carpet)
When: Saturday, October 15, 430 pm
Cost: $7/person – Nonmember (bring money for the martinis!) – Members free
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.
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
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.
Minnesota 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.
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!
Hops and History
Join us for a historic happy hour on the second Thursday of March and May! 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!
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.
Consider supporting our programs with a financial gift to the Stearns History Museum at any time of year. Thank you for your support.
There’s More to Explore
The Stearns History Museum hosts exciting events, exhibits, and research opportunities throughout the year. Be sure to take a look around and enjoy all we have to offer.