Educational Programs

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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  1. Public Programs
  2. School Tours
  3. Scout Programs


Feminism, Freedom & Fashion: How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Two women with safety bikes

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood." - Susan B. Anthony, February 2, 1896

More than any other invention, the bicycle was a catalyst for social change in general and women’s liberation in particular. Inspired by the current exhibition ‘Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bicycles and Trails in Washington County’ this 30-min illustrated talk by the exhibition’s curator and art historian Megan Arney Johnston will highlight the impact of bicycles on women’s rights, voting rights, and fashion.

FREE to attend. Donations will be accepted. Please call 651-275-7075 or e-mail historiccourthouse@co.washington.mn.us for more information.

Photo courtesy of the Cycling Museum of Minnesota


Cyclomania: The History of Bicycles & Bicycling

Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Bicycle store ca. 1909

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 historiccourthouse@co.washington.mn.us for more information.

Photo courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society