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.

Winterfest

Join us for some winter fun in early February 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 3, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

 

Women of Mayo: Living the History

Join us for a delightful experience of interactive education, entertainment, and your choice of formal tea or dinner at the newly renovated Mayowood Mansion. 

Ticket sales begin February 1st 2018. Reservations are required. The Date of the event is March 24, 2018. See seating times here 

“The Louise” 

$50 

1:30-2:30 Tea and Program: guests enjoy a variety of light sandwiches, fruit, and desserts with tea, and become an important character from the Mayo Clinic’s early years through a guided conversation in the Living Room.  

 2:30-4:00 Open House: guests are free to wander the mansion at their leisure while meeting several come-to-life ladies featured in the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia Wright-Peterson, have the opportunity to meet the author and ask questions or get their copy of the book signed (books will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center), and learn from local and visiting historians. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early as your Tea and Program will begin promptly at 1:30. 

“The Edith” 

$50 

1:30-3:00 Open House: guests are free to wander the mansion at their leisure while meeting several come-to-life ladies featured in the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia Wright-Peterson, have the opportunity to meet the author and ask questions or get their copy of the book signed (books will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center), and learn from local and visiting historians. 

3:00-4:00 Tea and Dessert Program: guests enjoy a variety of light sandwiches, fruit, and desserts with tea, and become an important character from the Mayo Clinic’s early years through a guided conversation in the Living Room.  

“The Maud”

$100 

5:00-6:15 Formal Dinner and Dessert Program: guests are served a salad and choice of entrée with wine in the elegant Mayowood Living Room, followed by the dessert program where they will become an important character from the Mayo Clinic’s early years through a guided conversation.  

6:15-8:30 Open House: guests are free to wander the mansion at their leisure while meeting several come-to-life ladies featured in the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia Wright-Peterson, have the opportunity to meet the author and ask questions or get their copy of the book signed (books will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center), and learn from local and visiting historians. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early as your Formal Dinner and Dessert Program will begin promptly at 5:00. 

“The Alice” 

$100 

5:30-6:45 Open House: guests are free to wander the mansion at their leisure while meeting several come-to-life ladies featured in the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia Wright-Peterson, have the opportunity to meet the author and ask questions or get their copy of the book signed (books will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center), and learn from local and visiting historians. 

6:45-8:00 Formal Dinner and Dessert Program: guests are served a salad and choice of entrée with wine in the elegant Mayowood Living Room, followed by the dessert program where they will become an important character from the Mayo Clinic’s early years through a guided conversation.  

 

For tickets please stop by the History Center at 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W. Rochester or call 507-282-9447.

 

 

Living History Fair

Living history is an important part of the programming here at the History Center of Olmsted County. Living history makes history more engaging, so to bring history to life for the public each summer we hold the Living History Fair - a weekend of interactive events from the 1800s.

Living History Fair includes

  • Living history demonstrations outside
  • Fiber arts and crafts demonstrations inside the museum
  • Period vendors
  • Civil War encampments & battle reenactments
  • Civil War medical demonstrations
  • 1860s era school activities
  • Vintage base ball games
  • Concessions stand!

2018 Living History Fair Flyer.pdf

Reenactors and demonstrators are welcome to contact us to attend. Please email programs@olmstedhistory.com or call 507-282-9447. Contact and registration forms are below. Please be sure to follow our Living History Fair regulations.

Demonstrator & Vendor Contract

Reenactors Register Here

Living History Fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2018.

Movies Under the Stars

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.

2017 Movies

August 11 - Rio Bravo (PG)
August 25 - Captain America: Civil War (PG-13)

Watch for our 2018 Calendar coming next year!

Harvest Moon Fall Festival

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 19.

Adult Scavenger Hunt

The 2017 Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, beginning at 3 p.m.

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 2017 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. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 27, at noon. Registrations after the deadline will not be accepted.

** We are currently in need of adult volunteers for the Scavenger Hunt to hand out packets at local bar/restaurants. Please contact Aaron at programs@olmstedhistory.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!

While you’re here – take a look at last year’s sponsors.

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