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                              May 22, 2019 at 6pm

       Featuring:  Virginia M. Wright-Peterson, Ph.D.

                                                Author, Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation

                                                            Faculty, University of Minnesota Rochester

                                                                           Women’s Work & World War II

Virginia Wright-Peterson will share stories of women with Minnesota connections who served in all branches of the military and in industry, serving as cryptologists, journalists, pilots, riveters, nurses, entertainers, and spies, in addition to making important contributions in the home and communities during the war.

         Not a member?  Still want to know whats going on at HCOC?  

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                                                            NOW OPEN...TRAVELING IN THE 50'S




                       Princess Cafe Lecture Series 

will start at 10:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. beginning 

                                      June 12, 2019





                 Community Gardens-NOW READY             


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

                                                       Regulations for Community Gardens 2019

                                                                 2019 Public Garden Application

                                                                             GARDENS ARE NOW READY

                 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




Featured Event

Garden Fair


Jun 01, 2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Garden Fair is a family friendly outdoor event and is a community fundraiser to benefit homeless youth in our community. Olmsted Master Gardeners staff a booth to answer all your gardening questions. Kids can win a prize by completing a 'passport'. Garden clubs have booths and sell plants as well as many other vendors that feature garden related items. Other Olmsted County organizations (such as 4H and Children's Museum of Rochester) also participate and are aimed at education for kids.



Featured Event

Roosters Baseball Game


Jun 08, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


RFD + RPD vs Roosters



Featured Event

Princess Cafe


Jun 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


"Murders of Olmsted County" by Bob


$2.00 non member

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

Phone:  507-282-9447