Current Events

Looking for things to do in Rochester? The History Center offers a variety of events all year round throughout Olmsted County. All events are listed at Central Standard Time (CST) unless otherwise stated. As a non-profit, our events are only possible with the support of the community! If you would like to sponsor an event, call the History Center at 507-282-9447, or contact us by email.

For members tickets, please keep in mind that your discount only applies to the same number of tickets that your membership applies to. For example, if you have an Individual membership, you may get one ticket at the discounted rate. All other tickets should be purchased at the full rate. If you have the Individual Plus membership, you are welcome to purchase two tickets at the discounted rate and all other tickets should be purchased at the regular rate. Thank you. 



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Assisi Heights: A True Landmark of Rochester (Virtual)

October 13th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Assisi Heights is the home of Rochester’s Franciscan Sisters. Perched on a high hill on the city’s north side, it is one of the true landmarks of Rochester. This presentation will cover the history of its site and a narrative of its original design and construction. While the building’s external appearance and internal layout have not varied much since it was completed almost seventy years ago. But the actual usage of the space within has been adapted to differences in the sisters’ mission over those years. A brief overview of these aspects with Ken Allsen will also be addressed in this presentation.

Assisi Heights: A True Landmark of Rochester (In Person)

October 13th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Assisi Heights is the home of Rochester’s Franciscan Sisters. Perched on a high hill on the city’s north side, it is one of the true landmarks of Rochester. This presentation at the History Center will cover the history of its site and a narrative of its original design and construction. While the building’s external appearance and internal layout have not varied much since it was completed almost seventy years ago. But the actual usage of the space within has been adapted to differences in the sisters’ mission over those years. A brief overview of these aspects with Ken Allsen will also be addressed in this presentation.

Fall Fest 2022

October 20th, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us at the History Center over M.E.A. Weekend for a variety of engaging fall activities! From pumpkin painting to 1860s rules Base Ball, we've got so much to do and see for kids of all ages!

Influential Friends at Mayowood▬

October 22nd, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Charlie and Dr. Chuck were well known for inviting a variety of celebrities, both local and national, home to Mayowood for a visit. Both men kept guest books signed by some of their famous friends. Join us at Mayowood to learn more about some of the special guests that came to call at Mayowood and how each person came to be in Rochester.

Creepy Doll Cocktail Party 2022 (21+ event)

October 29th, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our annual 21+ event is BACK, this time hosted at the Rochester Art Center. Join us for an evening of creepy dolls, specialty cocktails, and music by DJ LaidEe P. More details coming soon! ("$200 kids tickets?!" Yeah our back end doesn't allow us to not have a child's ticket option, but it's a 21 plus event, soooooo... don't buy the $200 ticket)

Wilhelm's Way Presentation by Author Teresa Wilhelm Waldof (in-person)

November 3rd, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join author Teresa Wilhelm Waldof to discuss her latest work, Wilhelm's Way, which explores the unlikely impact of one humble individual on the course of world events. This presentation is both virtual and in-person!

Wilhelm's Way Presentation by Author Teresa Wilhelm Waldof (virtual)

November 3rd, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join author Teresa Wilhelm Waldof to discuss her latest work, Wilhelm's Way, which explores the unlikely impact of one humble individual on the course of world events. This presentation is both virtual and in-person!

Mayowood Candlelight Tour!

December 3rd, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.

Mayowood Candlelight Tour↔

December 4th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience. 

Hidden History of Rochester with Author Amy Hahn (Virtual)

December 10th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Author Amy Hahn joins us to discuss her latest book which explores the more overlooked aspect of Rochester history. This discussion will be available both virtual and in-person!

Hidden History of Rochester with Author Amy Hahn (In-Person)

December 10th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Author Amy Jo Hahn joins us to discuss her latest book which explores the often overlooked aspects of Rochester's history.

Mayowood Candlelight Tour*

December 10th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.

Mayowood Candlelight Tour‼

December 11th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.

Mayowood Candlelight Tour▲

December 17th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.

Mayowood Candlelight Tour≈

December 18th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Candlelight tours at Mayowood! Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.