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About The Renville Museum

The City of Renville was first established in 1878. The city (and the county) were named for Joseph Renville. Renville was officially incorporated in February 1881. 

The Historic Renville Preservation Commission was established in 1977 in order to “discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge about the history of the area of the city of Renville, Minnesota.” The HRPC established the Renville Museum in the town’s first schoolhouse, built in 1879.

As the Museum’s collection and interest grew, the HRPC saw a need for more space. The first of several fundraising Vaudeville shows took place in 1982 to raise money to add a basement to the Museum. Other updates to the Museum include the addition of a new belltower cupola in 1988, the acquisition and restoration of the historical City Jail in 1991, and the dedication of the belltower in 1998.

The Renville Museum has held many events over the years, including:

The museum is operated by the Historic Renville Preservation Commission, which is organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your donations to the HRPC are generally tax-deductible.

Photo: The Renville Museum building in 1902.

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