Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Waseca County Historical Society

  • Waseca, MN
  • www.historical.waseca.mn.us

Mission Statement

To collect, maintain and interpret the unique history of Waseca County; and to make our historical information, including genealogical records, accessible.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Chautauqua at Maplewood Park
  2. Annual Ice Harvest on Clear Lake
  3. Searchable website
  4. Exhibits
  5. Annual Spring Luncheon-Lecture Series
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Throughout the United States, but access to our website with membership can be had from anywhere the internet is available.

ruling year

1971

Co-Executive Director

Self-reported

Mrs. Sheila C. Morris

Co-Executive Director

Self-reported

Joan Mooney

Keywords

Self-reported

history, museum, research, genealogy, library, records, archives, artifacts, narratives, exhibits, website

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EIN

41-0966847

 Number

2918555075

Physical Address

315 Second Avenue N.E.

Waseca, MN 56093

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Every year is an unknown for WCHS. Appropriations are significant for our Operational support. Donations and memberships enourage programs and services. Endowments will help sustain WCHS for the future.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Chautauqua at Maplewood Park

See photo and previous caption for description.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$10,100.00

Program 2

Annual Ice Harvest on Clear Lake

See previous photo and caption. This event takes 5th/6th graders out to frozen Clear Lake to experience scoring, cutting and hauling blocks of ice out of the lake and into storage (a sawdust insulated ice house) for use the following summer. The ice house is opened at the Chautauqua in early July to see the ice survive. The students also learn about winter survival/cooking skills, and enjoy a sleigh ride and some sledding.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$750.00

Program 3

Searchable website

The public is invited to visit our basic website free, but WCHS members can access the thousands of records, photos, archives, and indexed information that genealogists, writers, researchers need regarding Waseca County.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Exhibits

WCHS is currently working to present the Waseca County Timeline Exhibit, over 13 panels of decade by decade highlights of county history displaying key artifacts and the most unique stories from the Archives and Collection. We hope to include new technology for expanded background stories. Up to three other seasonal or special topic exhibits are planned annually.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 5

Annual Spring Luncheon-Lecture Series

Three luncheon-lectures presented in March, April and May annually are planned by inviting authors, performers, or experts on a theme that is determined every year. Lunch is catered and served between 12 noon and 1 and $16 for non-members. We draw from 45-75 attendees at each event.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$1,500.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    WCHS enjoys a great reputation as a local historical organization. Our goal is to grow programs and exhibits for the education and entertainment of area families and visitors. Keeping WCHS operations funded and endowments growing is foremost, so that this growth can happen via grants, memberships and donations. WCHS receives research visitors from all over, it also seeks to become a tourist/visitor destination as well. Becoming fully exhibited with current technological resources and community support will make that happen.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Create and maintain quality communications and relationship building with current and potential members and donors.
    That general action undertaken by staff, members, and volunteers leads to all the good things for a nonprofit--increased membership, visitorship, donations, endowment growth, volunteerism, broadened support, collaborations within the community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With a limited staff of five part-time employees, and a board of directors of fifteen members of the county community, we are able to offer four annual events, including the planning, funding, promotion, preparation and presentation with the help of volunteers and grants. Each staff members has special talents and all "mesh" to fill in wherever another task needs completing. On staff skills include graphic design, writing, print production, editing, library organization, research, museum archive and artifact processing, technological skills for website upgrades, equipment maintenance and selection, speaking, etc.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Controlling cashflow to meet budget.
    Membership maintenance and growth.
    Endowment fund growth
    Broadening support throughout the county community
    Increased and continued grant support
    Maintenance of facilities
    Community respect expressed
    Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce's James Donahue Community Service Award, 2001
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Significant Capital Campaign raised $168,000 from 2007-2009
    Membership hovers at just under 500
    Endowments have grown by over $350,000 since 2012
    County Board and Township Board support maintained
    Annual fund campaign initiated just two years ago deemed successful
    Significant grant support from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for ADA compliance, for exhibit plan and research, for historical evaluation for another Waseca County site on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Dealt with significant museum and library building maintenance and upgrade issues
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Throughout the United States, but access to our website with membership can be had from anywhere the internet is available.

Funding Needs

Operations and special projects

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association for State and Local History

American Association of Museums - Member

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WASECA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Waseca County Historical Society

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Co-Executive Director

Mrs. Sheila C. Morris

Co-Executive Director

Joan Mooney

BIO

Employed by WCHS since February 2000; Co-Executive Director with Joan Mooney since January 2007; B.S. Degree, University of Minnesota; 1993 Blandin Community Leadership alumnus; 2002 Waseca Chamber of Commerce Don Eustice Community Service Award

STATEMENT FROM THE Co-Executive Director

"The Waseca County Historical Society is a member of the Minnesota Historical Society, the American Association of State & Local History, the Minnesota Council of Non-profits, American Association of Museums, the Minnesota Association of Museum; and the Minnesota Association of Local History Museums. We are proud of museum and research library. In 2014 we are presenting, "Herter's of Waseca" concurrent with fundraising events on August 23 at the Waseca County Fairgrounds. Our Bailey-Lewer Research Library is one of three non-church related genealogical research sites of the Church of the Latter Day Saints with all its resources and data."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Audra Nissen-Boyer

Mankato Area Community Education

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

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