Wayne Gannaway’s unique experience includes heritage tourism, historic preservation, and strategic planning. He grew up in Winona, Minnesota, earned his bachelor's degree in history at the University of Minnesota, and M.A. in folk studies at Western Kentucky University. 



                        Meet the new Executive Director June 10, 2019


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

Send us your email and we will be sure to include you in all of the great offerings at the History Center.


      Register for the 2019 History Center Summer Day Camps
                          July 24:  "Pioneer Life in the Cabin"
                         August 7:  "Summer Schoolhouse"
                                                10am - 2pm


             For more information:   https://www.olmstedhistory.com/going-on/education.html 
                                                     or email:  programs@olmstedhistory.com

             Printable forms available:   https://www.olmstedhistory.com/going-on/education.html


                           Saturday June 22, 2019
    HCOC will open at 9:00am but the Research Center                                     is closed until noon.

             Buttons available for $5.00 now at the HCOC front desk.

       Threshing of oats, Blacksmithing, Tinsmithing, shell and grind corn, make butter, ropes and more!


This is going to be a guided tour with the host speaking on the history of the Township discovery, as well as its’ buildings, dams, bridges, etc.  Light refreshments will be offered at a stop at the Oronoco Museum, and will also include a trip to the cemetery and Lake Shady. 



                                                                                                                         NOW OPEN...TRAVELING IN THE 50'S




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



                                                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                                                                                             programs@olmstedhistory.com


    This program is free thanks to the generous support from https://www.madonnalivingcommunity.org 
                                                                                        and Jim & Judy Sloan




Featured Event

Rochester Hanger Dance


Jun 22, 2019 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Rochester Hanger Dance

Featured Event

Roosters Baseball Game


Jun 30, 2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Roosters Home Game

Featured Event

Roosters Baseball Game


Jun 30, 2019 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Hens vs Chicks



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

FAX: 5047-289-5481