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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2021 Events Coming

Drifters Car Show

July 9th, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The History Center of Olmsted County is pleased to have the Drifter Car Club hosting a car show here on the grounds. We will have cars of all makes, models, and time periods and are excited to share this bit of automotive history with you. This family friendly event will happen rain or shine and all cars are welcome to come to this judged show.

In addition to the car show, there will be food trucks, games, and vendors. The History Center will also be open to walk through.

Visitors are free for the day.

Information for cars wishing to enter the show:
-Registration day of the event is 9 AM to 11 AM.
-Event registration is $20 per car. Registration will be done at the gate on the day of and only applies to cars coming to be a part of the show. 

Hanna's Dream Ride: Presentation with Hanna Elshoff-Wahlers

July 14th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Since she first arrived to America from Germany in 1961, Hanna Elshoff-Wahlers dreamed of biking across the USA. In 2015, at 72 years old, she set off on her journey to do just that. Hear of Hanna's incredible experience from the author herself as she discusses her book, "Hanna's Dream Ride," and more.

Hanna's Dream Ride: Presentation with Hanna Elshoff-Wahlers (Virtual)

July 14th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Since she first arrived to America from Germany in 1961, Hanna Elshoff-Wahlers dreamed of biking across the USA. In 2015, at 72 years old, she set off on her journey to do just that. Hear of Hanna's incredible experience from the author herself as she discusses her book, "Hanna's Dream Ride," and more.

Women of Mayo Specialty Tour

July 30th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
You have heard about the Mayo Brothers, but have you ever wondered about the women who helped develop Mayo Clinic? These women were physicians, laboratory researchers, developers, and innovators. Inspired by the book, Women of Mayo, this tour will explore some of the lesser known stories of the women who were instrumental in the development of Mayo Clinic. Spend time with us and learn about these amazing women and their part in developing Mayo Clinic.

Leaf Trace / Land Trace: Meditations on Finding Our Way Through Trees (at the Rochester Art Center)

August 10th, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Leaf Trace/Land Trace is a free interactive art project inviting you to converse with trees and people and reflect intentionally on your connections to the places you live, visit and work. This project, designed by Minneapolis artist Sarah Nassif, holds space for open-ended conversation around deeply complex topics about why and how each of us has arrived at our current locations. Participants use a free booklet and pencil to follow a series of meditations on local trees that yields insight about a monument hidden in plain sight: the Public Land Survey. You can participate in the project on your own and/or join the community conversation. Pick up your copy of Leaf Trace / Land Trace at the wooden kiosk by the front door of RAC or in the Township exhibit at the History Center of Olmsted County.

Leaf Trace / Land Trace: Meditations on Finding Our Way Through Trees (at the History Center)

August 10th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Leaf Trace/Land Trace is a free interactive art project inviting you to converse with trees and people and reflect intentionally on your connections to the places you live, visit and work. This project, designed by Minneapolis artist Sarah Nassif, holds space for open-ended conversation around deeply complex topics about why and how each of us has arrived at our current locations. Participants use a free booklet and pencil to follow a series of meditations on local trees that yields insight about a monument hidden in plain sight: the Public Land Survey. You can participate in the project on your own and/or join the community conversation. Pick up your copy of Leaf Trace / Land Trace at the wooden kiosk by the front door of RAC or in the Township exhibit at the History Center of Olmsted County.

Immigration Talk with IMAA (in-person)

August 18th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) was founded in 1984 with the goal to empower new immigrants and refugees to develop and lead self-help programs for the benefit of their communities. As the IMAA website notes, "Refugees and immigrants arrive in Rochester from many different countries around the world including Somalia, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, and Iraq. They have demonstrated strength, perseverance, resourcefulness, and courage in the face of remarkable hardships and challenges." This discussion will explore the historic trend of immigrations, discuss the difference between immigrant and refugee, and more.

Immigration Talk with IMAA (virtual)

August 18th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) was founded in 1984 with the goal to empower new immigrants and refugees to develop and lead self-help programs for the benefit of their communities. As the IMAA website notes, "Refugees and immigrants arrive in Rochester from many different countries around the world including Somalia, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, and Iraq. They have demonstrated strength, perseverance, resourcefulness, and courage in the face of remarkable hardships and challenges." This discussion will explore the historic trend of immigrations, discuss the difference between immigrant and refugee, and more.

Cemetery Walk 2022

August 20th, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us as we bring Olmsted history to life and celebrate the achievements, both big and small, of residents past!

Beautiful Inside and Out: Mayowood Arts and Garden Specialty Tour

August 27th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mayowood is surrounded by beauty, both within the mansion and outside on its grounds. Come learn some more about this magnificent area and some of the art that is still hanging inside the mansion and the gardens surrounding it.

Hootenanny! at the History Center

September 17th, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of fun and celebration as we hold our annual Hootenanny at the Stoppel Farmstead! This year we're joined by The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, a group of 6 that blends the sounds of folk, rock, bluegrass, and blues to create something unique and incredible. We'll also have crafts, games, and food trucks by Jersey Jo's and Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs. So head on down to the Hootenanny!

Modernism & Rochester: An illustrated journey through the development of Modern Architecture

September 22nd, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University of Minnesota professor and Dococomo US Minnesota board member Bobak Ha'Eri promises an entertaining and enlightening evening exploring some of the exemplary architectural achievements around Rochester. This illustrated journey will provide insights that will make you see Rochester in a new light.

Modernism & Rochester: An illustrated journey through the development of Modern Architecture (Virtual)

September 22nd, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University of Minnesota professor and Dococomo US Minnesota board member Bobak Ha'Eri promises an entertaining and enlightening evening exploring some of the exemplary architectural achievements around Rochester. This illustrated journey will provide insights that will make you see Rochester in a new light.

Conserving Mayowood: Past, Present, and Future

September 24th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 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.

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

October 29th, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our annual 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!