Historical Societies (Winona County)

Winona County Historical Society

160 Johnson St.
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 454-2723
Web Address: http://www.winonahistory.org
Email: archives@WinonaHistory.org
Hours: Monday—Friday 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

There is a $5.00 charge for non-members to visit the Archives.

Resources Available:

Books & Other Published Materials

Family histories

Biographical/genealogical files

Historical file

Cemetery Indexes

Index of cemeteries in Winona County (compiled in the late 1970s; have records of deaths since that time)


Federal (Minnesota portion): 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920

State: 1857-1905

City & County Directories

Winona city directories: 1866-present

Winona (city) telephone books: 1914-present

Civil War Journal, Company K, 1st Minnesota Regiment, Volunteer Infantry

County Histories & Biographicalal Sketches

Winona County histories and biographical sketches: 1883, 1895, 1913

Newspapers published in Winona County

Lewiston: Lewiston Journal (1981-present)

St. Charles: various titles (1877-1919; 1923-1995)

Winona: Daily News (1954-present)

 Daily Republican (1860-1901)

 Independent Post & Shopper (1979-present)

 Republican Herald (1901-1954)

 Weekly & Daily Herald (1869-1901)

 Weekly Republican (1867-1880)

Manuscripts & Public Records Collections

Photograph collection

Church records of Cedar Valley Lutheran Church (Winona Co.) on microfilm

Newspaper Indexes

Winona County newspaper obituary file

Birth, marriage and death index from Winona newspapers, 1860-1915; more recent in progress

St. Charles newspaper obituary index

Individual obituaries cost $3 each

Plat maps and books

Winona City: 1894, 1917

Winona County: 1867, 1894, 1914, 1927, 1957, 1982

Also have a subscription to the digital Sanborn Insurance Maps for Minnesota

Vital Records Indexes

Winona County births and death records: 1870-1929 (on microfilm)

Marriage licenses: 1854-1940

Copies of marriage certificates are $3 each


Lewiston: Lewiston High School "Cardinal" (1914, some 1940s, 1953-1983)

Winona: Cotter High School (1949)

 Winona High School "Radiograph" (1906, 1913-1956, 1968)

 College of St. Theresa “Aldine” (1912, 1926-1928, 1958, 1959)

 St. Mary’s College “Redmen” (1947)

Winona State “Wenonah” (1913-1950)