Pioneer Village

Ray Crippen Book Published

On October 1, 2016, the NCHS hosted an Open House in the museum for the formal release of Ray Crippen’s Railroads, Trains and Depots, The Way It Was book.  The Open House was well attended. A presentation was given by John Crippen who is Ray’s nephew, George McKinney, whose parents operated the Depot Cafe, aka “The Beanery” and Marion Cashel, whose father was a local railroader.  They spoke about their memories of Ray and growing up around the Depot.  At the conclusion of the presentation, refreshments were served and book sales were started.  The society is indebted to Ray for  allowing the Society to publish his book. The book is for sale in the Museum gift shop for $20.00 for a softcover copy and $30.00 for a hardcover copy.  The book can also be ordered  and shipped for $25.00 for a softcover copy and $35.00 for a hardcover copy including shipping and handling.  The books are available at the Museum gift shop and office. They will become available at local retailers soon.



Our Mission

Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Nobles County Minnesota.

Whether you're already a member or just thinking about joining, there are many ways to support the NCHS. How would you link to be a part of the Nobles County Historical Society?

Membership is one way that you can help support the Nobles County Historical Society. Your membership dues helps us to collect, preserve, and disseminate the history of Nobles County for county residents and visitors in the belief that a historical perspective enhances our understanding of community and sense of place. Your membership also helps us operate the Archives located in the lower level of the Nobles County Library as well as operate and maintain Pioneer Village.

The Nobles County Historical Society has depended on membership ever since it was formed in 1933. Please show your support for the organization and our mission by becoming a member today.

Membership is tax deductible to the extent that contributions to 501(c)3 tax exempt organizations are allowed.

At the Archives we assist researchers in document their family history and at various times host special programs pertaining to Nobles County History.

Archives & Museum

      The Nobles County Historical Society maintains a “Pioneer Village” on two and one-half acres site with forty-nine buildings on the grounds, of which thirty-six are available for viewing. Pioneer Village showcases our rural heritage, provide educational programs to schools and to the public, holds heritage events such as the Old Fashion 4th of July and Christmas Programs.

Support NCHS

Nobles County Historical Society
"Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Nobles County Minnesota."