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

Wood, Stone, and Sweat: Historic Preservation and the George Stoppel Farmstead-by Zoom

July 25th, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Now is an exciting and pivotal moment in our nearly 100-year organizational history. The first phase of the master plan includes restoring the George Stoppel Farmstead and is already underway!  Join Wayne Gannaway, Executive Director of the History Center, in an in depth discussion on how and why we use historic preservation methods to tell history. Part art, part science, all fascinating.

Learn more about the Stoppel Family HERE

Wood, Stone, and Sweat: Historic Preservation and the George Stoppel Farmstead

July 25th, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Now is an exciting and pivotal moment in our nearly 100-year organizational history. The first phase of the master plan includes restoring the George Stoppel Farmstead and is already underway!  Join Wayne Gannaway, Executive Director of the History Center, in an in depth discussion on how and why we use historic preservation methods to tell history. Part art, part science, all fascinating.

Learn more about the Stoppel Family HERE

Storytime Fridays at the History Center

July 26th, 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.

Gather 'Round with Steve Glischinski - by Zoom

August 1st, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Steve is a correspondent for Trains Magazine and is the author of several books on railroading including Regional Railroads of the Midwest, Burlington Northern and its Heritage, Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012, and Santa Fe Railroad.  An engaging and humorous presenter, Steve will share his vast knowledge and imagery of railroads, as well as answer questions from the crowd on August 1st at 7pm at the History Center.  This program is offered both in person and by Zoom, be sure to choose the registration that fits you best.

Gather 'Round with Steve Glischinski

August 1st, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Steve is a correspondent for Trains Magazine and is the author of several books on railroading including Regional Railroads of the Midwest, Burlington Northern and its Heritage, Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012, and Santa Fe Railroad.  An engaging and humorous presenter, Steve will share his vast knowledge and imagery of railroads, as well as answer questions from the crowd on August 1st at 7pm at the History Center.  This program is offered both in person and by Zoom, be sure to choose the registration that fits you best.

Storytime Fridays at the History Center

August 2nd, 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.

DAYS of YESTERYEAR

August 10th, 2024
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Step onto the Ralph Stoppel grounds and be transported to a bygone era! Witness the marvels of yesteryear with thrilling live demonstrations.  Check out the steam tractors, threshing of oats or participate in hands on activities like broom making and woodworking.  There is something for everyone on August 10-11, 2024, 8am-5pm thanks to Mechanical History Round Table!
Buttons are $10 at the gate or get one in advance at the History Center for $8 or 2 for $15!

Find a full list of activities HERE

Watch the DOY video HERE

DAYS of YESTERYEAR

August 11th, 2024
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Step onto the Ralph Stoppel grounds and be transported to a bygone era! Witness the marvels of yesteryear with thrilling live demonstrations.  Check out the steam tractors, threshing of oats or participate in hands on activities like broom making and woodworking.  There is something for everyone on August 10-11, 2024, 8am-5pm thanks to Mechanical History Round Table!
Buttons are $10 at the gate or get one in advance at the History Center for $8 or 2 for $15!

Find a full list of activities HERE

Watch the DOY video HERE

History Theatre Mini-Camp

August 12th, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Do your young ones dream of a life on Broadway? Are they interested in history or old barns? Scene stealers or drama queens under your roof? We have a perfect experience for them! The History Center of Olmsted County would like to invite kids ages 6-10 to sign up for our History Theatre 3 day Mini-Camp featuring the story of the Stoppel brothers. Spend a few hours a day playing theatre games and preparing for a history-filled performance for friends and family.  

Participants will meet each day at the History Center where they be introduced to the fascinating story of George and Joseph Stoppel. Director Susy Olsen will take them on an adventure learning the basics of performance.

Space is limited, so sign up now. 

Monday August 12 from 9-11am
Tuesday August 13 from 9-11am
Wednesday August 14th from 2 -5pm 
ending with a final performance at 5:30 for friends and family!

**price includes water, snacks and a light dinner prior to the performance on Thursday.

Oakwood Cemetery Walk

September 21st, 2024
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
History buffs and curious minds, assemble!  Embark on a captivating journey through time with the Oakwood Cemetery Walk in Rochester, Minnesota, on September 21, 2024.
Step back in time and explore the fascinating stories of Rochester's prominent figures as we wander through historic Oakwood Cemetery. Tours will begin often from 10am - 2pm, so meet our knowledgeable guides at the Healy Chapel, where they will bring the past to life, sharing tales of: Lucy Wilder, Daisy and Henry Plummer, James and Birdie Reid, and MORE!