Owatonna Historical Society

Find Owatonna Minnesota historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


Steele County Minnesota Historical Society 1448 Austin Road Owatonna MN 55060 507-451-1420


About Owatonna Historical Societies

Owatonna Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Owatonna, MN. Historical Societies in Owatonna encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Owatonna Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Owatonna historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Owatonna Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Owatonna public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Owatonna organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from Steele County historical archives.

Local Owatonna History

Minnesota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Owatonna Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Owatonna historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Owatonna and Minnesota state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Owatonna Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Owatonna Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Owatonna museums and educational programs, and a local Minnesota government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Owatonna Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of MN historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Owatonna genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Owatonna events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with Steele County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.