The Renville County Historical Society was organized in 1940 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Renville County.

Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Max’s Grill in Olivia, MN

11 AM – 1 PM

Tickets $15.00 each

RSVP by March 13th 507.697.6147 or

Olivia, Minnesota is the featured town of Renville County for 2017: RCHS is seeking donations or loans of items & photographs from the businesses, schools (yearbooks, uniforms, etc), churches and organizations. We would like to include items from throughout the years of Olivia from when it started to TODAY. We would also like to include families from Olivia, Corn Capital Days (RCHS has no artifacts from this event in its collection) and more. Please check out the video we posted on our FACEBOOK page on 2/3/2017 on the Franklin exhibit to get an idea of the items we are seeking.
It is also the 20th anniversary of St. John’s Church being here at the Museum. There will be a special exhibit at the courthouse April 1 – August 1 then it will be taken to the County Fair. I am looking for interior and exterior photographs of when it was a church and community building. I am also looking for stories of families that attended the church and artifacts from its years as the Episcopal Church in Olivia.
September – May
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM Closed Saturday & Sunday
June, July & August
Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM Closed Sunday
Call to make an appointment outside the posted hours above, 507.697.6147
Museum Admission: $5.00 per person (13 & Older) $3.00 (Ages 6 – 12) 5 & Under FREE!
Your Membership to RCHS is a great way to contribute to the preservation of Renville County History.
Membership Benefits:
● Free Admission to the Museum!
● Quarterly Newsletters!
● 10% off items in the Gift Shop & 2 FREE Hours of assisted research in the Research Library

If you would like to become a MEMBER please go under the about us tab.


RCHS is also accepting donations toward the Bring Electricity Back to the Two Schoolhouses Project. The 2 schoolhouses were the first Museum buildings brought in from Norfolk Township (District 28 & 36) in the early 1950s.  To bring these buildings up to professional museum standards electricity needs to be restored to the buildings.  Please donate to this Project today!