Rapidan heritage society

As of Winter 2016

RHS last Pottery Piece was in 2015 which featured a sketch of the Bartsch Garage on a small Bread Baker Dish. The piece was  release Memorial Day 2015. There are still some other past pieces of the RHS Redwing pottery available featuring various Rapidan businesses, so please hurry if you are interested.

Now that the Depot restoration has been mostly completed, our plans are to have the Depot open on Sunday afternoons from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, for this to happen we need volunteers to step forward to fill these shifts at the Depot. It is a great way to meet people and talk about Rapidan! Call Jane Haala if you are able to staff the depot for a day (or more).

Aluminum Cans collection on Memorial Day. A trailer will be parked by the depot for recycling your aluminum cans. Proceeds will be used to fund community events.

A BIG thank you to Mel Hage for coordinating all of the volunteer painting of the depot project. If you haven’t seen the newly painted depot, get over to Rapidan and see the beautiful job he did, we couldn’t of asked for such a great volunteer.

RHS Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.(Winter months) and 7:30 P.M.(Summer months). Please note time change for summer months.

If your MEMBERSHIP is due or has expired, please send your renewal check to RHS in care of Jane Haala, Secretary at 55186  190th Street, Mankato, MN. Thank you, we value your membership, it helps to fund some of the wonderful events RHS does throughout the year and the restoration projects.

The Peddler will have occasional sales and is available for private parties. Watch the Home Magazine for future open dates or call the Peddler at 278-4808 for a recorded message of open dates.


Our vision is to preserve the history of the Rapidan area in artifacts, pictures and oral histories.

Rapidan Dam

Built 1910

Rapidan Heritage Society



RHS Meetings

In Rapidan Townhall

March 16, 2017, 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting

April 20, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

May 18, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

June 15, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

July 20, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

August 17, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

September 21, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

October 19, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

November 16, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

January 17, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

February 15, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

March 15, 2018, 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting

April 19, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

Rapidan’s Memorial Day Celebration

Monday, May 29thBe sure to mark your calendars again this year for our annual Memorial Day celebration. The day will start out with a salute to our past and present troops with the Colors being presented by the North Mankato American Legion Post. We will have coffee and treats available at St John’s Church after the program. Historian Arn Kind will be presenting Minnesota in the World War I: The Great War, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the US entering World War I. The program will be at St John’s Church. Again RHS will serve a Sloppy Joe Lunch after the program.