History Center Events
The History Center of Olmsted County offers a variety of events throughout the year. Scroll down to see our recurring events. Not all of our events are listed below, so be sure to watch our Calendar so you don't miss anything! 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.
Jul 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Description: Are you ready to travel back in time? Young boys and girls will have the chance to see what life was like and pretend they lived 150 years ago. They will work alongside an interpreter as they live the life of a pioneer child. Children will tend the garden, beat the rugs, wash clothes, play pioneer games, and more! These children will have the chance to do their own reenacting which not only helps them to remember history more, but also creates an interest in learning more. When children can “participate” in history, it becomes real to them. It is no longer just something that they read about, they now comprehend it. Give your child the chance to be a pioneer, come to Pioneer Life at the Cabin Summer Day Camp. Bring a sack lunch. Snack will be provided. Camps run from 10am-2pm. Please bring a sack lunch and wear appropriate clothing.
Aug 07, 2019 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Description: During this camp, children will have a chance to step back in time and learn what it was like to be a student in a one-room schoolhouse. When the bell rings, students will begin a day of learning and reenacting. Just like students 150 years ago, they will learn reading, arithmetic, geography, penmanship and elocution, and take part in a spelling bee. They will also have the chance to participate in recess and play 19th century games, such as hoops and graces. The bell will ring promptly to begin and end their experience in the one-room schoolhouse. Bring a sack lunch. Snack will be provided. Camps run from 10am-2pm. Please bring a sack lunch and wear appropriate clothing.
Join us for some winter fun February 2, 2018 at Winterfest! Bundle up to enjoy the cold bite of winter.
The Rochester Area Special Olympics will provide horse-drawn sleigh rides on the History Center grounds from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM with free will donations gratefully accepted.
You can warm up inside the History Center with crafts and cocoa! No pre-registration required, children are $5.00 and their accompanying guardian is free!
Indoor History Center activities for Winterfest will be Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Living History Fair 2019
Living History Fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2019
Movies Under the Stars 2019
Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head on over to the History Center for Movies Under the Stars! There’s pop, popcorn, and candy available for purchase, and a family friendly movie for your viewing pleasure beginning at dusk. Occasionally there will be pre-movie events, so be sure to get there early (denoted below).
Admission is $5.00. Seniors and children under 12 get in free! For conservation purposes, please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, or picnic baskets onto the History Center Grounds.
Watch for our 2019 Calendar
Harvest Moon Fall Festival- Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Every October, the History Center gets autumn-awesome with our Harvest Moon Fall Festival. This event is family-friendly, and often features things like scarecrow decorating, pumpkin painting, apple cider pressing, sauerkraut stomping, and much more!
The cost to attend is $5.00 per child and FREE for parents or accompanying adults. This year’s festival will be held on Thursday October 17, 2019, 1-3 pm.
Adult Scavenger Hunt- October 26, 2019
Discover the local food, drink, and history of Olmsted County with the History Center's Annual Adult Scavenger Hunt. You and three friends will chase leads to restaurants, bars, and other area attractions. Afterward, join your competitors for an awards ceremony where prizes will be awarded!
If you are interested in participating, please read the Adult Scavenger Hunt Instructions. Pre-registration is required and can be done by filling out the Registration Form and returning it to the History Center in person or by e-mail.
** We are currently in need of adult volunteers for the Scavenger Hunt to hand out packets at local bar/restaurants. Please contact Aaron at email@example.com for more information!**
We are always looking for Scavenger Hunt sponsors, please call the History Center if you would like to donate! Becoming a sponsor gives you an opportunity to advertise on our website and also our Scavenger Hunt literature and clues! Teams must register by 5pm October 19, 2019.
While you’re here – take a look at last year’s sponsors.
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