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

Pioneer School Day

August 4th, 2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
What did kids do before technology? Come and visit the Hadley Valley School house and learn all about school in the 1800s. We will have some fun activities while we learn more about the past and early pioneer kids. Recommended for ages 8 to 14. Please complete the registration form here.

A Village in the Sixties (Virtual Presentation)

August 5th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What happens to a family when it loses its farm? What happens to a village when it loses its school? Kevin Fenton's presentation, based on his memoir Leaving Rollingstone, explores not just his story but the fate of his family, their farm, and a remarkable village just forty miles west of Rochester.

Unearthed History: A Tour of the Stoppel Farmstead Caves and Grounds

August 8th, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dig into the history of the Stoppel farmstead with this interactive tour of the historic caves on our site! Learn about the history of caves in Minnesota and how to be a cave detective at the Stoppel farm. Use some of the clues that are in plain sight to learn what the Stoppels might have used these caves for. This tour will be led by Greg Brick, author of Minnesota Underground and several other books on the history of caves in Minnesota. He will also have books for sale after the tour!

Days of Yesteryear

August 14th, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come experience the Days of Yesteryear at the History Center of Olmsted County. This event, proudly presented by the Mechanical History Round Table will highlight all of the amazing machines of yesteryear. Watch the parade of power, take in a threshing or sawmilling demonstration or finally witness the amazing power of steam. This and more is awaiting you at this FREE event!

Days of Yesteryear

August 15th, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come experience the Days of Yesteryear at the History Center of Olmsted County. This event, proudly presented by the Mechanical History Round Table will highlight all of the amazing machines of yesteryear. Watch the parade of power, take in a threshing or sawmilling demonstration or finally witness the amazing power of steam. This and more is awaiting you at this FREE event!

Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (virtual)

August 26th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century.

Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (In Person)

August 26th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century. These tickets are for the in person experience, if you would like to watch the zoom presentation, please purchase the tickets labeled VIRTUAL.

Lost & Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota

September 9th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester is a bustling city focused on the world famous Mayo Clinic. However, this was not always the case and tonight we are going to explore some of those lost stories. Hear from local author Amy Hahn about her two books; Lost Rochester, Minnesota (2017) and the Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota (2022). Learn some of the most interesting stories in addition to how Hahn conducted her research right here at our very own History Center!

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 Root River Jam, Luke Hendrikson and the Crop Circles and Becky Schlegel as this year's entertainment. We will also have Taco Jed, True Smoke BBQ and Thesis Beer Project 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, and Pandemic Pictures for sponsoring this fun filled event.

Just Deeds: Acknowledging the Past to Understand the Present

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.

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.