Current Events

The History Center of Olmsted County offers a variety of events throughout the year. 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.



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2021 Events Coming

Hootenanny at the History Center

September 18th, 2021
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grab your picnic blankets and sun block! The Hootenanny at the History Center is back!! Come and enjoy a nice afternoon of local bluegrass music while sampling some of the finest food truck cuisine that Rochester has to offer. We are excited to welcome Root River Jam, Luke Hendrikson and the Crop Circles and RavensFire as this year's entertainment. We will also have Taco Jed here to make sure that everyone has good food and drinks while we enjoy some excellent music. You will have to come and check out all that we have in store for this great afternoon! Special thanks to First Alliance Credit Union, Minnwest Bank, Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. and Pandemic Pictures for sponsoring this fun filled event. Tickets at the entrance.

Just Deeds: Acknowledging the Past to Understand the Present (virtual)

September 23rd, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What do our housing covenants say about the past? For that matter, what is a housing covenant? Learn about the history of discriminatory covenants in Minnesota and other forms of systemic racism in housing. This presentation will highlight the Just Deeds project and how communities and property owners can get involved in acknowledging and reckoning with history. We will also highlight Rochester's involvement in this critical project and what you can do to stop discrimination in housing.

A Walk Among the Stones: Oakwood Cemetery Walk

September 25th, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
We are so excited to be bringing back our annual Cemetery Walk at Oakwood Cemetery and are looking forward to exploring the stories of Rochester's dead. Hear the stories of heroes and villians, bank robbers and peace keepers. Discover how IBM came to Rochester and how we honor our veterans. All this and more will be explored on this interactive walking tour. Tours depart from the Healy Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery and last approximately one hour.

Conserving Mayowood: Past, Present, and Future

October 2nd, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mayowood is over hundred years old and yet it still looks like it did when Doctor Charlie and his wife Edith lived there. This is no accident as the History Center of Olmsted County and the Mayo Clinic have worked hard to preserve this marvel and this special tour highlights these efforts and explores the hard work we put in every day to make sure the house will stand for another hundred years.

Gardening for the Future: The Importance of Cover Crops (virtual)

October 14th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What happens to gardens after the main harvest is done? What are cover crops and how can they be used to benefit gardeners from all walks of life? Come hear this dynamic presentation on the importance of cover crops presented by Master Gardener Ethan Swanson. Swanson will explore the historical uses of cover crops and how they can be used today.

Creepy Doll Cocktail Party

October 23rd, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The creepy dolls are back and they are ready to celebrate with you! Come and meet our special contestants in the flesh, so to speak, and learn the history of these creeptakular dolls while enjoying themed cocktails and live music! And, don't forget your Halloween costume as we decide who truly is the creepiest of them all! All tickets include one beverage token in addition to access to this exciting event. Our exclusive VIP package includes regular admission, one drink token, an exclusive program detailing all of the 2021 Creepy Dolls, commemorative glass, and access to a specialty cocktail! Be sure to get your VIP ticket while you still can!

Federal Medical Center; Past & Present (virtual)

October 28th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester Post Bulletin columnist Loren Else will discuss the operation and mission of the Federal Medical Center. On the former Rochester State Hospital site, the unique federal prison has now been open for thirty-seven years, opening in 1984. The sudden closure of the state hospital will be discussed along with a brief historical look at the Rochester State Hospital, which was in operation for over 100 years.

Federal Medical Center; Past & Present (in person)

October 28th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester Post Bulletin columnist Loren Else will discuss the operation and mission of the Federal Medical Center. On the former Rochester State Hospital site, the unique federal prison has now been open for thirty-seven years, opening in 1984. The sudden closure of the state hospital will be discussed along with a brief historical look at the Rochester State Hospital, which was in operation for over 100 years.

Rochester Stories: Origins (virtual)

November 18th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Think you know everything there is to know about Rochester history? What is it like to try and write a history of the Med City? Join this talk with Dr. Paul Scanlon as he explores the creation of his recent book, Rochester Stories: A Med City History. Hear about how he did his research, what stories didn't make it into the book and what it is like to publish a book about your own town. Copies of Rochester Stories: A Med City History will be available for purchase and Dr. Scanlon will be available to sign copies of his book.

Rochester Stories: Origins (in person)

November 18th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Think you know everything there is to know about Rochester history? What is it like to try and write a history of the Med City? Join this talk with Dr. Paul Scanlon as he explores the creation of his recent book, Rochester Stories: A Med City History. Hear about how he did his research, what stories didn't make it into the book and what it is like to publish a book about your own town. Copies of Rochester Stories: A Med City History will be available for purchase and Dr. Scanlon will be available to sign copies of his book.

National Geographic on Assignment: Civil War Battlefield Preservation (virtual)

December 16th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford will be showing images from a story called, "The Battle to Save the Battlefields" published in 2005 in National Geographic. Timeless images of significant battlefields and the stories behind them. Come with Michael as he takes you with him on assignment to capture the essence of a place. This should be of interest for both history and photography enthusiasts.

National Geographic on Assignment: Civil War Battlefield Preservation (In Person)

December 16th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford will be showing images from a story called, "The Battle to Save the Battlefields" published in 2005 in National Geographic. Timeless images of significant battlefields and the stories behind them. Come with Michael as he takes you with him on assignment to capture the essence of a place. This should be of interest for both history and photography enthusiasts.