State School Orphanage Museum, Owatonna

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  • This was a very interesting museum. We started out watching the video first, there was a TV and a couple chairs near the end of the displays, and I would recommend starting there as it gave us a littl...  more »
  • This is a jewel in Owatonna's history. Harvey and Maxine Ronglien poured hours into preserving the history of the State School as Harvey was a "State School Kid". Plan to spend some time wondering the...  more »
  • We personally know Harvey and precious Max, when she was still living. They put their hearts into preserving this forgotten piece of American history. Check ahead to make sure of open hours!!  more »
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  • Smaller exhibit than I thought but definitely worth a look. I was given a souvenir of a old crib and some Christmas bears. The guy that works there is delightful.
  • A HISTORICAL LOOK AT MINNESOTA'S ONLY ORPHANAGE...OPENED IN 1886 AND FOR 60 YEARS THE ORPHANAGE HOUSED THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND WAS MASSIVELY OVERCROWDED...FOR SOME IT PROVIDED A SAFE PLACE AND SOME NOT...THE CITY OF OWATANNA.MN CREATED A MUSEUM TO HONOR THE CHILDREN THAT WERE HOUSED HERE...A VERY SAD PIECE OF HISTORY ....
  • Great piece of history. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
  • Terrific local history, the only state run orphanage in Minnesota, it's set up so you can easily understand how the daily life was, helpful volunteers answer any questions.
  • Very interesting place!
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