Every year is an unknown! Donations make sure WCHS continues to maintain Waseca County history for all generations--past, present & future!

Please consider being part of the Waseca County Historical Society support family. We want to continue to educate and interpret for the next generation.

A former Waseca County resident who had been on our website wrote, “It was like visiting home.” We work to save the history of Waseca County for all time. Funds for operations is necessary to provide financial stability, so that fundraising, membership drives, and grant requests can happen effectively. Behind the scenes, staff and volunteers are constantly processing information, artifacts, family histories, oral histories, photographs, archival documents. To date there are over 37,000 artifact records, 17,000 photographs, 350,000 archived records, all constantly being indexed and updated for website access. Members support WCHS annually from all over the county, the state, across the U.S. and several foreign countries.

The Waseca County Historical Society was organized in 1938. And in 2013 we will celebrate 75 years of keeping Waseca County history safe and accessible. Since 1988 WCHS has benefited from endowment funds held by the Waseca Area Foundation, which is part of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. To date WCHS has seven endowment funds, including the Phil Allen Memorial Fund, the Frank and Barbara Goodspeed Memorial Fund, the Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Fund, the Wes and Carol Rethwill History Fund, the Jerry and Linda Rutledge Heritage Fund, the WCHS Endowment Fund, and the WCHS Lifetime Endowment Fund. And in 2008, Jerry and Linda Rutledge also created a generous charitable remainder trust to benefit WCHS in the future.


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, The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, and the American Association of Museums. WCHS is one of only three non-church research sites of the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Minnesota!

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