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                                                  Due to Covid-19
                          HCOC will be closed until further notice.

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                    2020 Living History Fair Update

After much discussion and consideration the History Center decided to cancel the 2020 Living History Fair due to safety concerns and the overall uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

                  PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for Living History Fair Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 2021.





                                              Tell us your story!

We at the History Center of Olmsted County know that history happens everyday, but seldom are we so very aware of it as we are now with the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The effect the disease has had on the world has been immediate, and only time will tell how long-lasting. As home to the stories of Olmsted County, it is our duty to keep a record of the events surrounding this outbreak as we experience them here. That's why it's so important we hear from you! Please take a few minutes to tell us the story of your COVID-19 experience. There's no time like the present, and we guarantee you future generations will be appreciative.

                                     Click here to share your story.


 My House of Memories and Other Online Resources

    Elder Network and History Center of Olmsted County hosted a webinar about Spark! My House of Memories                                                           and other programming to support those with dementia.


        Click the link below to watch the Zoom webinar for resources                               

                                                Special Thanks to our partners Maren Levad & Bonnie Sandberg 

Maren Levad leads the institution's access strategy through training, communications, outreach, and programming. Most recently, she oversaw the launch of the international partnership House of Memories: US, a museum-led initiative for people living with dementia and their caregivers. As a member of several community boards, including the Minnesota Access Alliance, she works to create further accessibility throughout the Twin Cities.



Bonnie Sandberg is the Wabasha County coordinator for Elder Network. She has worked with seniors in various jobs over my 29 years prior career (mostly in the chiropractic field). Elder Network is a local 501c3 nonprofit serving primarily three counties in Southeast Minnesota; Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona. However, our educational offerings and support groups are open to anyone that would like to attend. Elder Network has developed seven non-medical programs that support seniors and their caregivers.



                             Explore These Helpful Spark Resources:

As we deal with Covid-19, the History Center is finding new ways to reach our membership and community. I wanted to offer some resources for the spouse/partners who are providing care for individuals with dementia. Caregivers, you are not alone. Although it feels like you are, you are not. I want to provide some content for you during this challenging time. Right now there are a few resources to take advantage of while the pandemic is taking place. First, timeslips are a great way to interact with each other by asking simple questions, showing pictures, and listening to audio. Explore these tools to SPARK meaningful involvement.
                                    To find timeslips follow the link provided:                                                                        
The second option is a resource not usually free but because of the covid-19 pandemic is free for the remaining 2020 school year. This is the Minnesota Historical Society’s northern lights curriculum: the stories of Minnesota’s past. There are 20 different topics you can choose from to prompt meaningful conservations between two or more people. To find the northern lights follow the link provided:












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Dear Volunteers and Friends,

In response to the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 recommendations and Gov. Tim Walz's orders, the History Center of Olmsted County is now closed to the public.

As part of this closure, all public programs, tours, rentals are suspended.
History Center of Olmsted County will still be accepting donations via our website at

The health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, interns, and community is our highest priority. HCOC is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. We will update our website with new information as it becomes available at

Please note:

We are moving forward with the suffrage exhibit and the Women's History Circle exhibit kickoff event, "The Onward March of Suffrage" in May.  Please check back for more information. 




Featured Event

In The Author's Own Words: A Facebook Event


Jun 07, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Join in this Facebook video premier at to hear Virginia Wright Peterson talk about her newest book: A Woman's War, Too. An opportunity to purchase this book is available at



Featured Event

Roosters Baseball


Jun 21, 2020 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Fathers Day Base ball game with Mankato Double Header. .25 cents

Featured Event

Roosters Baseball


Jul 18, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Games at 10:30 and 2:30pm



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: $2.0 0
HCOC Members: Free

Phone:  507-282-9447