Washington County Parks and the Historic Courthouse offer educational, history-based programs on a variety of topics, along with temporary and permanent historical exhibits. Proceeds from our programs benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
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Cyclomania: The History of Bicycles & Bicycling
Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
From its origins as a substitute for horse-powered transport in the early 1800s, the bicycle has become perhaps the most ubiquitous human-powered vehicle in the modern world. Join us as we discuss over 200 years of bicycle history and the people, events, and organizations that influenced its progress along the way, with special emphasis on the history of bicycling in Minnesota. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bicycles and Trails in Washington County,” assistant curator and researcher Christian Bjornson will use artifacts, images, and historic bicycles from the exhibit to bring alive the story of this important machine.
Christian Bjornson holds a MA in history from Norwich University. He was an assistant curator and researcher on the “Spokes & Folks” exhibition, and is an employee of the Washington County Historic Courthouse. A resident of Washington County, he also serves as a historical interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society.
FREE to attend. Donations will be accepted. Please call 651-275-7075 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Photo courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society
The Historic Courthouse offers a wide variety of activities, tours, and programs for school groups of all sizes. Tours and programs can be easily customized to fit your class curriculum and topics may include, but are not limited to; early Minnesota state history, Washington County history, women and the law, early life of area residents, architecture, and more.
Take advantage of fun, history-based activities, including:
- Mock trials
- Scavenger hunts
- Playing the Past & Create a Character
- Interactive biography boxes & timelines
- Historic homes walking tours
The Historic Courthouse also features a new temporary exhibit every year with additional program opportunities.
Schools have the opportunity to use the courtroom or grounds for lunch. Combine a trip to the Historic Courthouse with a visit to the Warden's House Museum or a Stillwater Trolley tour for a full day of history!
For those unable to join us, a St. Croix Valley History curriculum unit is also available for teachers and homeschool groups using the interactive biography boxes available at the Historic Courthouse. Teachers and homeschool leaders may check out the boxes for use at their schools.
Tours and programs are offered for a small fee of $2.00 per student, chaperones are free. One additional activity may be added to a tour package for no added fee. A student to teacher ratio of 15:1 is required based on age group.
Call 651-275-7079 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Washington County Parks is pleased to offer tours and programs at the Washington County Historic Courthouse designed to meet Scout requirements for specific badges or awards. All programs include a tour of the historic courtroom, 1900's county jail and exhibit rooms.
All Girl Scout programs listed below are council-sponsored and registration is through the Girl Scouts River Valleys' website. Each program below fulfills all badge requirements and badges are distributed at the end of the program.
|September 28||Courthouse Crusaders||4-5/Junior||Register Now|
|October 12||Celebrating Community - Girl Scouts||2-3/Brownie||Register Now|
|January 25||Courthouse Crusaders||4-5/Junior||Register Now|
|February 1||Playing the Past||4-5/Junior||Register Now|
|February 29||The Great Courthouse Debate||6-7/Cadette||Register Now|
|March 28||Playing the Past||4-5/Junior||Register Now|
|May 2||The Great Courthouse Debate||6-7/Cadette||Register Now|
Small Group Programs
Our programs are also available to individual troops in need of more flexible scheduling. Small group programs do not include badges or patches, however they will fulfill badge requirements and arrangements can be made to purchase of badges outside of the program.
Small groups are considered to be less than 20, including scouts, siblings and chaperones. The minimum ratio of chaperone to children is 1:10. Please contact Historic Courthouse staff at 651-275-7075 to learn more about more options to reserve programs exclusively for your group.