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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2021 Events Coming

Beautiful Inside and Out: Mayowood Arts and Garden Specialty Tour

May 28th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mayowood is surrounded by beauty, both within the house and outside on its grounds. Come learn some more about this magnificent area and some of the art that is still hanging inside the house and the gardens surrounding it.

Taste of Tradition: Celebrating the German Heritage of the Stoppel Farm (21+ Event)

June 11th, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Get into the swing of summer with this exclusive 21+ VIP event in Rochester! The History Center of Olmsted County has partnered with LTS Brewing Company to offer a unique experience which pairs the flavors of German beers and sausages with presentations on German music, dance, and more.

Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southeastern Minnesota (Virtual Presentation)

June 16th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a Depression-era New Deal program that provided jobs for unemployed young men. It is remembered as the most popular New Deal program and is recognized as the largest conservation program in United States history. This virtual presentation will provide an overview of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota and will take a closer look at the CCC camps and their work in southeastern Minnesota.

Conserving Mayowood: Past, Present, and Future

June 25th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mayowood is over hundred years old and yet it still looks like it did when Doctor Charlie and his wife Edith lived there. This is no accident as the History Center of Olmsted County and the Mayo Clinic have worked hard to preserve this marvel and this special tour highlights these efforts and explores the hard work we put in every day to make sure the house will stand for another hundred years.

Drifters Car Show

July 9th, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The History Center of Olmsted County is pleased to have the Drifter Car Club hosting a car show here on the grounds. We will have cars of all makes, models, and time periods and are excited to share this bit of automotive history with you. This family friendly event will happen rain or shine and all cars are welcome to come to this judged show.

In addition to the car show, there will be food trucks, games, and vendors. The History Center will also be open to walk through.

Visitors are free for the day.

Information for cars wishing to enter the show:
-Registration day of the event is 9 AM to 11 AM.
-Event registration is $20 per car. Registration will be done at the gate on the day of and only applies to cars coming to be a part of the show. 

Women of Mayo Specialty Tour

July 30th, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
You have heard about the Mayo Brothers, but have you ever wondered about the women who helped develop Mayo Clinic? These women were physicians, laboratory researchers, developers, and innovators. Inspired by the book, Women of Mayo, this tour will explore some of the lesser known stories of the women who were instrumental in the development of Mayo Clinic. Spend time with us and learn about these amazing women and their part in developing Mayo Clinic.