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

Fall Fest

October 21st, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fall is upon us and HCOC is excited to welcome families to come and explore our rich past during MEA weekend. Come out to explore a variety of activities, including fun crafts, vintage base ball, a historic cabin, and so much more! Bring the whole family out for an afternoon filled with learning and fun!

Creepy Doll Cocktail Party

October 23rd, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The creepy dolls are back and they are ready to celebrate Halloween with you! On Saturday, October 23rd, from 6 to 9 pm, nine creepy doll contestants will take over Les Fields Hall in the Castle to throw a cocktail party with tasty hors d'oeuvres, a live jazz band, and the coronation of 2021's winner of the Creepy Doll Contest.

Come and meet our special contestants in the flesh, so to speak, and learn the history of these creeptacular 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 hors d'oeuvres from Cameo, one drink token, hauntingly hip jazz by composer and guitar virtuoso, John Penney and his band, and unprecedented access to this creepy doll spectacle. Do you want some time in the spotlight? Strut your stuff in Steam Punk attire in our costume pageant and staff and event attendees will pick a winner.

This event is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

For more details, visit our Creepy Doll page

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We will be requiring either proof of a full series of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours in order to attend the Creepy Doll Cocktail Party.

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.