They were called State Schoolers.
There were 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945. Kids orphaned or abandoned or abused and sent to Owatonna, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children.
For some, it was a circle of hell; for others, a safe haven.
The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum
was founded to Remember the Children. We have now started a trust to help the Museum continue in the future. Please consider a gift to our Legacy Trust. All donations are tax deductible.
Beginning July 1, Cottage 11 hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 4 PM or by appointment at 507-444-4321.