Current Events

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

Alice in France (virtual presentation)

March 4th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join historian Nancy O'Brien Wagner as she explores the letters and history of Minnesotan Alice O'Brien, a World War I volunteer in France. Alice served as a chauffeur, canteener, and truck driver, and her insights into the war experience shed new light on the roles and motivations of women on the front. Tickets available until 5pm March 4, 2021.

The Mayo Clinic Wax Models and Medical Museum (virtual presentation)

March 18th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Mayo Clinic is home to a large—and now largely unknown—collection of medical wax models, but if you visited the Mayo Medical Museum on a school field trip as a child, you will remember seeing these fascinating artifacts! Created by in-house artists from c.1924 to 1983, they were used by Mayo physicians to illustrate medical conditions and surgical procedures at medical meetings around the country. This presentation will feature the history of the models and how they influenced the development of the Mayo Medical Museum in the mid- to late Twentieth Century. Tickets available until 5pm March 18, 2021.

WWII Heroes: Women from Minnesota (virtual presentation)

March 25th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dramatic stories of women discovering their own potential in a time of national need, surprising themselves and others - and setting the roots of second-wave feminism. Minnesota women witnessed the fall of France, the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa and Italy, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of France and of the concentration camp at Dachau, and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Join us as we learn about the powerful role that Minnesota women played in the Second World War. Tickets available until 5pm March 25, 2021.

Genealogy 101: Establishing the Roots of Your Family Tree (virtual workshop)

April 10th, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
A virtual half-day workshop to get you on your way to recording your genealogy. Click here for a detailed description of workshop sessions.

Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes (virtual presentation)

April 22nd, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Minnesota has a long history of high voter turnout for different elections and that is not by accident. While working as Secretary of State, Joan Anderson Growe worked hard to encourage voting and eliminate obstacles to voting. Her new book, written with Lori Sturdevant, explores this and other themes and both authors will be present to discuss their book. Our VIP experience includes a copy of Growe and Sturdevant's book, Turnout , mailed directly to your home! Come learn about voting in Minnesota!

History Down the Drain: A History of Rochester Wastewater Treatment (virtual presentation)

April 29th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What happens after we run the dishwasher or do a load of laundry? Where does all of that water go? Come learn about the 100+ years of wastewater treatment in Rochester with representatives from Rochester Public Works. Wastewater treatment is necessary to protect public health and the environment and we cannot wait to learn more about this vital process!

Spring Fling Day

May 1st, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
We are SO excited that spring is finally here and we cannot wait to share it with you!! Bring your kids and come out to the History Center to learn about all things spring related and get your hands dirty! We will be learning about gardening in the spring time, how to play old fashioned baseball, what games kids in the 1800s played and oh so much more! We cannot wait to see you there! This event is included in the price of admission to the museum for the day.

Vernacular Activism: Hmong Americans Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota (virtual presentation)

May 6th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Many different groups fought for the right for same sex couples to get married. The Hmong in Minnesota were no different. Come learn about how this particular group used both similar and distinct strategies to fight for equal rights and how the concept of vernacular activism was used and continues to be used today.

Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Philadelphia (virtual presentation)

May 20th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
During fall, 1918, in the last months of World War I, Philadelphia hosted the largest parade in its history to raise funds for the war chest. Within days, influenza casualties overwhelmed hospitals and paralyzed the city. In this illustrated presentation, Robert D. Hicks, former director of the Mütter Museum, discusses the pandemic as a social catastrophe and considers its memorialization today.

From Oxen to Automation: The Evolving Minnesota Farmer

June 3rd, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Farming has come quite a long way. Hear from educators from Farm America all about the history of farming right here in Minnesota! Follow the technological progression of Minnesota's farmers to discover how machines and GPS are helping improve land stewardship. We cannot wait to see you there!

Roosters vs Local Media

June 5th, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Roosters first year was 1997, and their very first match was against a group of local media personnel. With 2021 being our 25th year, we wanted to have a match to celebrate that event, and host a group of local media with our first home match of 2021. We hope this event will serve as a great community gathering spot to celebrate the 25 great years the Roosters have had with the History Center of Olmsted County.

For more information, visit the Roosters Facebook page.

Food on the Farm: Stoppel Farm Tour

June 6th, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What did early settlers of Olmsted County eat? How were their food ways different from ours? How are they similar? Come learn all about this and more at Food on the Farm! We are excited to be offering this unique at the life of the Stoppel family on their very own farm while we sample different foods that the Stoppels would have actually eaten! Come out and have a bite, learn some history and explore this magnificent site!

Living History Fair

July 17th, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come explore the 19th Century here at the History Center! This year, we will be recreating the Battle of Wilson's Creek while transforming our grounds into a robust 19th century village complete with handcrafts, a tin smith and oh so much more! Join the Union Army, learn how to sew a quilt, check out the latest fashions and watch cannons explode in this action packed family friendly event! Tickets coming soon!

Living History Fair

July 18th, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come explore the 19th Century here at the History Center! This year, we will be recreating the Battle of Wilson's Creek while transforming our grounds into a robust 19th century village complete with handcrafts, a tin smith and oh so much more! Join the Union Army, learn how to sew a quilt, check out the latest fashions and watch cannons explode in this action packed family friendly event! Tickets coming soon!

Hootenanny at the History Center

September 18th, 2021
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Grab your picnic blankets and sun block! The Hootenanny at the History Center is back!! Come and enjoy a nice afternoon of local blue grass music while sampling some of the finest food truck cuisine that Rochester has to offer. We are excited to welcome back Root River Jam while also offering some new performers. You will have to come and check out all that we have in store for this great afternoon! Tickets coming soon!

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! Tickets coming soon.