Sibley County Historical Museum

Located in historic Henderson, Minnesota    

Home of the Sibley County Historical Society


Annual Meeting, April 15, 2018

at Hahn’s Dining & Lounge, Winthrop, MN

Dinner at 12 p m

Speaker Doug Bekke, World War I 

Watch newsletter for reservation details


The Sibley County Historical Society and Museum is transitioning to a new website.  Until the new site is completely functional, we will be maintaining the site you are presently viewing.

At this time, the new site is very close to being finished.  We are in the process of migrating our many photographic images, which will take some time.

We encourage you to see our future at:

The site you are presently viewing will no longer be updated as of March 12, 2018

The Sibley County Historical Society proudly represents

the history of all its cities, townships, and residents.

The August F. Poehler House, Home of the Sibley County Historical Museum

The August F. Poehler home, built in the summer of 1884 from locally produced brick and mill work and completed during the winter of 1885, is now the Sibley County Historical Museum and home to the Sibley County Historical Society.

National Registry of Historic Places in 1982.

Museum Hours

Memorial Day through October

Sundays only 2:00 - 5:00 p.m

Group tours are available during the off-season. To schedule a tour, contact us by e-mail or phone.

We are also open for special occasions and events.

Genealogy can be done at other times, but an appointment is required.

Museum Admission

Members are admitted free of charge.

Non-member cost is $2 per person. 

A Great Day Trip From The Cities or Mankato

The Sibley County Historical Museum is easy to find, situated in the little town of Henderson, which is a one hour drive from Downtown Minneapolis or half an hour from Mankato. Henderson is nestled in one of the most beautiful segments of the Minnesota River Valley. It is just a few miles west of U.S. 169 via MN Highway 19.  In addition, the Minnesota Valley Scenic By-Way (Sibley County #6 from the north and MN 93 from the south) passes through Henderson. For travellers from the Cities, the Scenic By-Way is accessed at the intersection of MN 25 and Sibley County #6, a few miles north of Belle Plaine.  From Mankato, access the By-Way at the intersection of U.S 14 and 3rd Ave.  There are, of course, other access points along the route.

Henderson has a well-developed historic district, many festivals, numerous classic car roll-ins, etc.  Nearby, travellers enjoy an extensive zip line development, kayaking opportunities, and hiking or picnicing in High Island Creek Park or Rush River Park, both hidden gems.  It is a great and easy day trip from the Cities or Mankato.

When visiting Henderson, be sure and make the Sibley County Historical Museum part of your adventure. You will find the drive to be a beautiful one and the museum, with our gracious tour hosts, to be well worth the visit!!

Take any of these scenic routes to visit us on a Sunday afternoon during our open season (June-October). 

Follow this link to a map of Sibley County 


Slide shows:  In and around our museum


Museum Brochure

Staff & Volunteers of the Sibley County Historical Society


Executive Director:  Amy Newsom

Amy Newsom is the part-time Executive Director for the Sibley County Historical Society.  She assumes this role as part of her position as Sibley County Community Development Director.  Amy has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a Minor in U.S. History from North Dakota State University. 

Amy oversees of the museum archives and programs, manages the accession of items donated to the museum, manages the volunteer personnel, markets the Sibley County Historical Society, writes grants for the Society, and coordinates the fundraising efforts.

Contact Amy

Communications Manager:  Dorothy Peterson

The Communications Manager is a volunteer position that serves as Editor and Chief of the Sibley County Historical Society newsletter.  The Communications Manager is the head of the Communications Committee.

Contact Dorothy

 Collections Manager:  Arlene Busse

The Collections Manager is a volunteer position as the Sibley County Historical Society and is responsible for cataloging, photographing, and data entry of all items in the Museum’s vast collections. 

Contact Arlene (email link)

Archives/Digital Collections Manager:

The Archives Manager is a volunteer position responsible in overseeing the digital files at the Museum.  The Archives Manager is responsible for indexing, filing, digitizing, and preserving the Museum’s photos, documents, artwork and digital media.

 In-House Researcher:  Eldrene Ebert

Our In-House Researcher is a volunteer position and an avid genealogist.  She is responsible for all research requests whether by mail, e-mail, or in person.  The In-House Researcher is the head of the Research Committee. 

Contact Eldrene (email link)

Sibley County Historical Society Committees

The Sibley County Historical Society has several committees that need volunteers.  Please consider volunteering for one or more of the following committees.

Committees Link

--- Obtain a SCHS Membership ---

Individual $20

Family $25

Business $50