Winona State University's Somsen Hall and Phelps Hall have been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places by the Minnesota Historical Society.
This designation highlights the history of WSU as an educational innovator going back to 1858. Both Somsen Hall, also known as College Hall, and Phelps Hall, also known as the Model School Building, retain essential integrity of structure, and meet the criteria of historical significance given WSU's history as the birthplace of the normal school movement in Minnesota.
The National Register is a listing of districts, buildings and structures deemed worthy of preservation. More than 1,600 properties and districts in Minnesota are listed on the national register. About 40 of those properties are located in Winona County.