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

Mayowood Candle Light Tour: December 4

December 4th, 2021
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Experience the magic of Mayowood after hours! For this specialty tour, we will turn off all of the regular lights and allow you to walk through the house with just the Christmas lights on. This unique tour will allow you to explore the house in a completely novel way as we see each of the lavishly decorated rooms in a new light. At the end of your tour, you will get to take home a small memento to remind you of this exclusive visit. Spots are limited, so reserve your ticket today!

Mayowood Candle Light Tour: December 11

December 11th, 2021
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Experience the magic of Mayowood after hours! For this specialty tour, we will turn off all of the regular lights and allow you to walk through the house with just the Christmas lights on. This unique tour will allow you to explore the house in a completely novel way as we see each of the lavishly decorated rooms in a new light. At the end of your tour, you will get to take home a small memento to remind you of this exclusive visit. Spots are limited, so reserve your ticket today!

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.

Why and How Can We Save Cultural Heritage? (in person)

January 27th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What is cultural heritage and why is it important? Learn more about the importance of local heritage conservation and preservation in Rochester, MN. Hélène Genéty will look at how the French are renovating the Notre Dame Cathedral, a project that she helped work on, and how those lessons can be applied here in Southeastern Minnesota.

Why and How Can We Save Cultural Heritage? (virtual)

January 27th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What is cultural heritage and why is it important? Learn more about the importance of local heritage conservation and preservation in Rochester, MN. Hélène Genéty will look at how the French are renovating the Notre Dame Cathedral, a project that she helped work on, and how those lessons can be applied here in Southeastern Minnesota.

The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting the World's Coldest Continent Author Talk (virtual)

February 19th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leilani Raashida Henry’s new book The Call of Antarctica takes readers on a journey to the rugged Antarctic landscape to learn its history, its present, and the importance of protecting its future. In the book, Leilani weaves her father's experiences on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition, as an introduction to this land that is owned by the world. She will read diary entries from the book and her play Antarctic Soul, as well as, talk about what she discovered through her research. After her presentation, the author will be signing copies of her book!

The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting the World's Coldest Continent Author Talk (in person)

February 19th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leilani Raashida Henry’s new book The Call of Antarctica takes readers on a journey to the rugged Antarctic landscape to learn its history, its present, and the importance of protecting its future. In the book, Leilani weaves her father's experiences on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition, as an introduction to this land that is owned by the world. She will read diary entries from the book and her play Antarctic Soul, as well as, talk about what she discovered through her research. After her presentation, the author will be signing copies of her book!