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Rice County Historical Society Seeks Pianists, Volunteers

If you play piano and want to share your talents with the public, or just want to help share local history, the Rice County Historical Society is looking for you.

The RCHS Museum’s 1906 Schimmel piano will be available for play by pianists during the Rice County Fair Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, from 12:30-7:30PM and Sunday, July 24 from 12:30-3:30PM.

You may schedule a time to play in advance by calling the museum at (507) 332-2121. Players also may stop by the museum when they’re at the fair to check whether there is an opening to play the piano.

Fred Schimmel, born in Austria in 1865 to a piano-making family, came to Faribault in 1892, after immigrating to America. He formed a partnership the following year with Searick Nelson and began making piano he designed and patented. His pianos were considered, at the time, some of the finest pianos available. The Schimmel Piano Co. operated from 1892 until the late 1930s.

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One of the volunteer opportunities available at the RCHS during the fair is helping seasoned volunteers with activities for children by the log cabin and overseeing the RCHS Museum and outbuildings.

Volunteers also are needed to help supervise the historical society museum and historical buildings at the fairgrounds, open during the fair. These buildings include a historic church, cabin and schoolhouse. No experience or prior knowledge of the buildings is required to help with the buildings during the fair. Heritage and Harvest Halls, with displays on local businesses and early agriculture in the county, also will be open and also in need of volunteers to oversee them. Bottled water will be sold by the historical society at that location by volunteers.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the Rice County Historical Society at (507) 332-2121 or rchs@rchistory.org.

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