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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2024 Events Coming

The Plummer House Restoration - In Person

May 22nd, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us at the History Center May 22 at 7pm to celebrate Preservation Month! In 1917 Dr. Henry S. Plummer and his wife Daisy, began construction of "Quarry Hill" later to be known as the Plummer House. Dr. Plummer personally formulated the plans for the house which included many innovations that were far advanced for that day and age. We will be welcoming Mike Nigbur, Director of Parks & Forestry, City of Rochester, and Bill Hickey, historical architect of Collaborative Design Group as they discuss the history of the Plummer House and restoration of the Plummer water tower.  This program is offered both in person and by Zoom, be sure to obtain the ticket that fits you best.

The Plummer House Restoration - Zoom

May 22nd, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us at the History Center May 22 at 7pm to celebrate Preservation Month! In 1917 Dr. Henry S. Plummer and his wife Daisy, began construction of "Quarry Hill" later to be known as the Plummer House. Dr. Plummer personally formulated the plans for the house which included many innovations that were far advanced for that day and age. We will be welcoming Mike Nigbur, Director of Parks & Forestry, City of Rochester, and Bill Hickey, historical architect of Collaborative Design Group as they discuss the history of the Plummer House and restoration of the Plummer water tower.  This program is offered both in person and by Zoom, be sure to obtain the ticket that fits you best.

Storytime Fridays at the History Center

May 24th, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bring the kids to the History Center to enjoy storytime while you enjoy museum time, a walk along our beautiful grounds or time in our archives all for FREE. Encourage lifelong readers by enriching the lives of young learners with books, crafts and playtime! SPECIAL THANKS to Olmsted Medical Center for their generous support of our educational programs.

Storytime Fridays at the History Center

May 31st, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bring the kids to the History Center to enjoy storytime while you enjoy museum time, a walk along our beautiful grounds or time in our archives all for FREE. Encourage lifelong readers by enriching the lives of young learners with books, crafts and playtime! SPECIAL THANKS to Olmsted Medical Center for their generous support of our educational programs.

An Evening With Rochester Recordings - by Zoom

June 6th, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join the creators of Rochester Recordings and the Mosh Pits And Memories exhibit as they give an overview of Rochester’s underground music scene of the 1990’s to 2000’s on June 6th at 7pm at the History Center.  You’ll hear how a scene of teenagers and young adults started bands, promoted shows, recorded and released records, and started music venues all without the help of big corporations or the city itself. In addition to that they’ll talk about how the Pla-Mor Ballroom played an important part in Rochester’s music history starting in the 1930’s and continuing up until its demolition in 2007. The presentation will also feature select audio and video excerpts of bands from that time period and a roundtable discussion featuring participants of the scene.

An Evening With Rochester Recordings

June 6th, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join the creators of Rochester Recordings and the Mosh Pits And Memories exhibit as they give an overview of Rochester’s underground music scene of the 1990’s to 2000’s on June 6th at 7pm at the History Center. You’ll hear how a scene of teenagers and young adults started bands, promoted shows, recorded and released records, and started music venues all without the help of big corporations or the city itself. In addition to that they’ll talk about how the Pla-Mor Ballroom played an important part in Rochester’s music history starting in the 1930’s and continuing up until its demolition in 2007. The presentation will also feature select audio and video excerpts of bands from that time period and a roundtable discussion featuring participants of the scene.

Walk Around the World

June 22nd, 2024
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In partnership with IMAA, Walk Around the World celebrates the multicultural diversity that represents Olmsted County and celebrates the contributions that refugees and immigrants bring to the community. The event also recognizes World Refugee Day that occurs on June 20th.  Join us for cultural performances, ethnic food, vendors, and cultural and community agency booths.  This fun, FREE family event is on June 22 from 12-4pm with a rain date of June 23. There will be plenty of activities to keep your kids active and entertained!


If you want to participate in the event, see "more info" or contact events@olmstedhistory.com

The Women of Mayowood: Mothers, Daughters, and Staff

July 13th, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This specialty tour and exhibit will take place at Mayowood Historic Home on 
July 13, 2024:  10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm 4pm and July 14, 2024 at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4pm as we give guests a new context to the Mayowood story by featuring the mothers, daughters, and staff of the home. These influential women played vitally important roles, both publicly and privately, during the founding years of the Mayo Clinic. 

This is an educational opportunity for all who visit the home. The 75-minute tour moves beyond the standard house tour by allowing visitors more opportunity to explore each room and exhibit with a knowledgeable guide to answer questions. As part of the exhibit, we will display never before seen items such as Edith Mayo’s wedding dress. Learn more about Mayowood by clicking More Info to the left.

Send reservation request with preferred date and time to services@olmstedhistory.com or call 507-282-9447.  We will contact you for payment, so please add your phone number.  These are $35 tickets and regular Mayowood Historic tours will not be offered these days.

The Women of Mayowood: Mothers, Daughters, and Staff

July 14th, 2024
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This specialty tour and exhibit will take place at Mayowood Historic Home on 
July 13, 2024:  10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm 4pm and July 14, 2024 at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4pm
as we give guests a new context to the Mayowood story by featuring the mothers, daughters, and staff of the home. These influential women played vitally important roles, both publicly and privately, during the founding years of the Mayo Clinic. 

This is an educational opportunity for all who visit the home. The 75-minute tour moves beyond the standard house tour by allowing visitors more opportunity to explore each room and exhibit with a knowledgeable guide to answer questions. As part of the exhibit, we will display never before seen items such as Edith Mayo’s wedding dress. Learn more about Mayowood by clicking More Info to the left.

Send reservation request with preferred date and time to services@olmstedhistory.com or call 507-282-9447.  We will contact you for payment, so please add your phone number.  These are $35 tickets and regular Mayowood Historic tours will not be offered these days.