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Renville County Historical Society Yearbook Collection

Renville County Historical Society Yearbook Collection The Renville County Historical Society is seeking to add to the yearbook collection. Please see the list below of the current yearbooks in the Research Library. If you have any yearbooks to… Read More

Thirty-Four Men in Next Draft published in the Olivia Times on April 25, 1918

Thirty-Four Men in Next Draft published in the Olivia Times on April 25, 1918 Editors Note: If there is a * after the man’s name his picture is in the 1920 book Renville County in World War I… Read More

Preservation of History: Jails & More by Nicole Elzenga

As the Renville County Historical Society & Museum starts gearing up for the 2018 season I have a list of projects I want to complete for the year and one of the projects is the restoration of the… Read More

Honor Our Veterans Every Day

Let us all honor and remember our veterans every day not just on Veterans’ Day. I want to bring awareness of how important it is for us all to respect and honor our United States military veterans. My… Read More

Poems of American Patriotism by Brander Matthews

Poems of American Patriotism by Brander Matthews published by Charles Schrbner’s Sons 1899 The book, Poems of American Patriotism, is from the Renville County Historical Society’s collection. The book is from Renville County District # 117 which was… Read More

Poems of American Patriotism Chosen by Brander Matthews

Poems of American Patriotism Chosen by Brander Matthews published by Charles Scribner’s Sons 1899 The book, Poems of American Patriotism, is from the Renville County Historical Society’s collection. The book is from Renville County District # 117 which was… Read More

Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett

Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett This book was found in the collection in our Country Schoolhouse District 36 located on the Museum Grounds. The book was originally from Renville County School District 109 which was… Read More

Can I Borrow Your Scissors?: Left-handed Woes By Nicole Elzenga

I called my mom the other day and asked her why they allowed me to continue be a left-handed writer. Her response, “Because that was what you are.” In my family, it was only myself and my Aunt… Read More

Meet the Staff by Linda Balk

Nicole Elzenga, Executive Director Nicole Elzenga started as our Executive Director on February 20, 2015. Nicole has jumped in with both feet and is off and running. Prior to coming to RCHS she worked for 15 years  as… Read More

Working and Learning by Linda Balk

     Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the United States entering the “War to End All Wars” aka World War I. In 1920 the Olivia Times Publishing Company printed a book about all the veterans who took… Read More