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).

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

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

May 17, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

June 21, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

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

August 16, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

September 20, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

October 18, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

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

January 17, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

February 14, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

March 21, 2019, 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting

April 18, 2019, 7:30 P.M.

Rapidan’s Memorial Day Celebration

Monday, May 28thBe 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. Al Batt will be our guest speaker this year. Al of rural Hartland, Minnesota. He is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. He writes four weekly award-winning humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does shows about nature on a number of radio stations. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally. He has spoken at many festivals, conferences and conventions all over the United States and Canada.The program will be at St John’s Church. Again RHS will serve a Sloppy Joe Lunch after the program.

Rapidan 50th ALL School Reunion Celebration

Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, 2019

Be  Sure to mark your calendars, Rapidan Heritage Society is helping to plan the 50th ALL School Reunion for the Rapidan Area. It has been 50 years since the last class graduating class attending our lovely school. If you are interesting in helping to make this a memorable events and have a great time doing so, please join us in planning for this momentous event. The Rapidan 50th ALL School Reunion Team meets the 3rd Thursday of month in Rapidan at the Township Hall. Please feel free to bring old photos from school days, memorable, stories and anything else that we can possible share in the Memory Book. We look forward to share a good time with all.

Be sure to check back for more information. You are welcome to email or mail us information or stories, we will try hard to answer all questions in a timely manner. We need to find representatives from each class attending, so we can contact as many students as possible to let them know of the upcoming 50th ALL School Reunion. ALL classes are welcome to come and enjoy the reminiscing of the cherished times spent in the Rapidan School.

Please come and help, we need volunteers to make this a successful event and a great time for all attending.

Rapidan Township is looking for Election Judges. If you are interested in serving as an election judge official, go to the Blue Earth County website. Click on Departments, scroll down to Taxpayers Services over to Elections then select Election Judges from the left column. —www.blueearthcountymn.gov