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.


Jun 17, 2020 – Summer Day Camp

Jun 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

More information soon.

Jun 20, 2020 – Hangar Dance

Jun 20, 2020 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Veterans and Emergency Services Museum's mission is to honor the men, women and institutions who protect our way of life, and to preserve and interpret their histories with a museum in their honor in Rochester, MN. This event is our ONLY fundraising event of the year. Dinner plates as well as beer, wine and soft drinks also availible for purchase.

Jul 29, 2020 – Summer Day Camp

Jul 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Check back for more information.

Oct 15, 2020 – Fall Fest

Oct 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Family friendly program featuring pumpkin decorating, apple cider, wagon rides and more! $5 per child

Oct 31, 2020 – Trick or Treat @ Historic Bldgs

Oct 31, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Kids will enjoy trick or treating around the History Center and the grounds. FREE



              Civil Rights for Women and African Americans with Dr Bill Green 
                                                March 5, 2020 7pm - 8:30pm


Bill Green received his B.A. in History from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A., Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history-A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award-Hognander Prize. He is presently working a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.  $5 members / $10.00 non members.



                             Book Signing and Talk by Dr. James Donadio, Jr
                                               February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm


  Dr. Donadio, now a retired Mayo Clinic nephrologist, had just completed his residency at Mayo Clinic in 1966 when he was drafted into the Vietnam War to supervise a renal intensive care unit. On his first day at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon, he treated the first patient in the war zone to receive hemodialysis. In addition to providing nephrology care, he also provided trauma care and treatment for tropical diseases. He spent one year in Vietnam and completed his military commitment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  


                                      Science & Suffrage at Mayowood
                                                         March 21, 2020
                                                          at 2pm or 4pm

Travel back to 1920 and talk to local women devoted to scientific and civic advancement in a relaxed, open house format at Mayowood Mansion.  Based on materials from Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia Wright-Peterson and published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

2 - 3:30pm and 4- 5:30pm
                                        $28 member / $35 non member:  Reservations by clicking below 


                                                  Days of Yesteryear 2020
                             August 8 &9, 2020 at the Ralph Stoppel Farm

                                                                           Featuring Minneapolis-Moline
                                               Demonstrations with Live Steam Tractors and Gas Engines
                                                        Threshing of oats, Baling straw, broom making
                        See the operating sawmill, shingle mills, and woodworking demonstrations;
                   Help shell and grind corn, make butter, wash clothes, dig potatoes, and make a rope.
                                         Observe rock crushing,  Field Demonstrations (weather permitting)
                                                             Antique and Classic Cars, Trucks & Tractors
                Watch demonstrations of the Blacksmithing, Tinsmithing,and attend Country School Classes
                                                                 $5.00 with a button  / $10.00 at the gate


                                                Genealogy Workshop
                                                 August 15 & 29, 2020

Check back for more information regarding our next Genealogy Workshop with the Olmsted County Genealogical Society August 15 & 29, 2020 at the History Center of Olmsted County.


                                          Oakwood Cemetery Walk
                                    September 26, 2020 11am - 3pm

Historic Oakwood Cemetery began as a lot owner governed setting for the interment of the young town’s residents in 1863.  The walk starts at 11am - 3pm and is $10.00 adults and $5.00 for children 12 & under.



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