History Center

A salon chair and a hair dryer are among the beauty shop items donated by Rita Sterrett to the History Center in Luverne. The vintage items came from the former Mariposa Beauty Shoppe and will later become part of a display.
Items from the former Mariposa Beauty Shoppe will soon appear in a special display at the History Center in Luverne. A salon chair, hair dryer and salon table will join other similar vintage items for public viewing. Rita Sterrett, who bought the Mariposa from owner Emma Carstens in 1988, donated...
Betty Mann is pictured in the Christmas Haus gift shop.
A new gift shop, The Christmas Haus, recently opened inside the new History Center on East Main Street in Luverne. It’s a Christmas-themed store, but Rock County Historical Society President Betty Mann said it offers much more than just Christmas items. “We also have a number of Luverne souvenir...
The new History Center on East Main Street conveyed a corner of its northwest lot to the city in order to facilitate a large piece of public art. Luverne artist Scott Viessman is creating a large metal sculpture at the corner of McKenzie and Main streets on a 50-by-30-foot piece of ground. He...
Support something smart for our community, something that really matters Anonymous donor match for History Center expires at yearend Nearly 5 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and...
The Rock County Historical Society is returning museum space in the Masonic Lodge to the local Masons, and representatives from both groups met at the Lodge Friday morning for the $1 transaction and key return. Pictured are (from left) Historical Society volunteer Tim Gust, Masons Richard Bruns, Adrian; Roger Hansen, Sioux Falls; Bryce Stoltenberg, Luverne; Historical Society President Betty Mann; and Historical Society volunteers Al Stoakes, Linda Bakken and Jan Brandenburg.
After decades of operation in the Masonic Temple, the Rock County Historical Society has officially moved out of the North Freeman building and into its new space in the History Center on East Main Street, Luverne. The society purchased the building from the Masons in 1996 for $1, with the...
To help in the sorting process and to raise money for the Historical Society, an auction is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
Betty Mann has trouble sleeping at night. “I have all these things running around in my head, and it’s hard to turn them off,” said Mann, Rock County Historical Society President. There’s good reason for her cluttered mind: Truckloads of valuable “clutter” are waiting to be sorted at the new...
Original doors and window frames were incorporated into the remodeling plans for the History Center.
Work on the interior of the new History Center in Luverne is essentially complete. Members of the Rock County Historical Society were invited for a final walk-through on Monday, and only a few incidental items remain to be completed. Now, the move from the current museum on Freeman Avenue to the...
Terry Luke (left) and Josh Johnson of Heartland Glass, Sioux Falls, installed the new windows for the History Center in what used to be the Herman Motors showroom on Main Street.
For several months the new History Center downtown Luverne has been shrouded in plastic while work continues inside to convert the 100-year-old Herman Motor building into the Historical Society’s new home. In the past week, the plastic came off and massive custom windowpanes were placed in the...
Renovations inside the Rock County Historical Society’s new History Center have picked up pace after the holiday break and as temperatures rose into the 30s. James Arentson, the project’s architect, said improvements on the building’s 100-year-old roof were completed in November, and after breaking...
The Rock County Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15. As part of its agenda, it will elect four of the 12 board members with expiring three-year terms. “We all agreed to run,” said Historical Society President Betty Mann, whose term is expiring along with Jane...
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