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                          Mayowood will be closed 

                       Easter Sunday April 21, 2019

                          Women's History Circle



                                    SAVE THE DATE:








                                     HURRY, ONLY 8 TICKETS AVAILABLE
     Call 507-282-9447 or stop in to the History Center for you tickets.

A festive party celebrating the 145th Kentucky Derby! Enjoy Southern fare, sip mint juleps, and cheer for your                     favorite horse while wearing your authentic Derby attire at the historic Mayowood Mansion.




                Rochester to be in National Spotlight            
                  C-SPAN reveals Rochester history
       and highlights authors during week-long visit

   In conjunction with the local cable provider, Spectrum, C-SPAN producers will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network. During their time in Rochester, C-SPAN producers will visit various literary and historic sites, interview local historians, non-fiction authors and conduct educational and community outreach in the area.


The programs C-SPAN produces in Rochester will air throughout a special Rochester feature weekend April 20-21, 2019 -- literary programming on Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Spectrum channels 85 & 723) and history programming on American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channels 86 & 724).  C-SPAN is available in Rochester on Spectrum channels 84 & 722.

      Now taking applications for the Community Gardens             


                              Plots are approximately 12 x 20, fenced with water!
                                            Please click below for more information

                                                       Regulations for Community Gardens 2019

                                                                 2019 Public Garden Application


                 Roosters & Hens Vintage Baseball Raffle Fund Raiser
$1.00 each and prizes are $250, $100 and $75.  Drawing is late in the Roosters game on June 30, 2019 but need not be present to win.  Roosters and Hens are eligible to win but the winners must be over 18.  Tickets are available at the HCOC Front Desk, any HCOC Board Member or any Rooster player.

                        "TRAVELING WHILE BLACK"

      The History Center of Olmsted County would like to thank you                all for sharing in our exhibit opening "Traveling While Black" . 
          The exhibit will be shown during our regular business hours
          of 9 a.m. thru 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.                                                                       
                      Please click on the links below to see more:

Thanks to our generous sponsors:  Think Bank, Jim & Judy Sloan and Ed-Ventures.


                   The Roosters are in need of volunteers for the                                                                            upcoming season. 
                              For more information please email



                                                CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FOR PEOPLE WITH MEMORY LOSS                   
                                                                   First Monday of every month 10:30-noon

SPARK! at the History Center of Olmsted County is a monthly program designed specifically for people living with memory loss and their care partners. SPARK! is not about the objects, artwork or documents, but rather the items serve as a jumping-off point for sharing stories, conversation and friendship.

SPARK! is for adults with memory loss and related dementia in the early to middle stages and their care partners.  Care partners are encouraged to actively participate.  Confidentiality and dignity are always respected.

                             Space is limited. Register by calling Aaron Saterdalen at 507-282-9447 or email                                                                                   


    This program is free thanks to the generous support from 
                                                                                        and Jim & Judy Sloan



                                                                          Jim Sloan and the 1911 Crawford Diary

     The Harold Crawford Collection has recently received an important addition. A diary kept by him in 1911 was purchased by the Jim & Judy Sloan Foundation and donated to our archives. Their ongoing generosity to the History Center is gratefully acknowledged.

     In 1911, Harold Crawford was in his junior year at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. This diary records many details of his academic and social life, which provide new insights into his personality and character. This was a formative year in the life of this iconic figure in the history of Rochester. In 1913 Crawford graduated from Illinois with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. That fall he entered Harvard University’s graduate program in art and architecture, receiving a Master’s Degree in 1916. He then returned to Rochester and started his architecture practice here which spanned a half century. 

     His list of works includes about 150 built projects. His best known local buildings include the old Rochester Public Library (now the student center for Mayo School of Medicine) and the many beautiful homes designed by him on Pill Hill. His works are far more extensive than just these, however. In addition to more residences they also include schools, churches, creameries, industrial buildings, public buildings and commercial structures. They are not just in Rochester, but also occur in many cities and towns across southern Minnesota. Crawford retired from the practice of architecture in the late 1960s and then devoted his remaining years to his passion for watercolor painting. He died in 1981 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

     For more information on the subject, see Master Architect: The Life and Works of Harold Crawford, by Ken Allsen, available in the History Center Gift Shop. The drawings and other artifacts of the Crawford Collection may be viewed in the Library of the History Center. There is also a display of his paintings and some related artifacts in the Museum.



Featured Event

HCOC Board Meeting


Apr 24, 2019 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM




Featured Event

Women's History Circle


Apr 28, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Women of War: Artist Al Smith will be sharing his pencil drawings of women of War



Featured Event

Daughters of the Revolution


May 02, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


DAR meeting. "70th anniversary of D-Day"

To see more programs and events please check out our Calendar of Events!


Olmsted History Center
Tuesday – Saturday
9 am to 5pm

Closed All Major Holidays.               

On days that inclement weather occurs the History Center will close consistent with Rochester Public Schools closures.


Adults: $5.00
Children: $2.00
HCOC Members: Free