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.


Mar 02, 2020 – SPARK!

Mar 02, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cultural Programming for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

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


                                          February 1, 2020  10am - 1pm


“WinterFest serves to promote wintertime activities for all ages while raising awareness and funds for events sponsored by area nonprofit organizations.”   $5 children and free for adults.

              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.   $10.00 non members.

                                     "Dearest Anna"  A Valentine Program
                                                      February 8, 2020 3pm

 In the late 1800s, Roy and Anna, fresh out of high school, exchanged a series of love letters that Roy’s granddaughter Carol Allis has compiled into a book called “Dearest Anna”. Join us for a dramatic reading of some of the letters, a book signing with Carol, and the opportunity to bid on silent auction bags that include items from local wineries, restaurants, theaters, spas, and more. Whether your relationship status is single, married, or “it’s complicated”, there’s something for everyone.  $15 admission.



                                                         Space is limited please call to reserve 507-282-9447 $15.00.



                             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.  

                                                             Garden Fair
                                                 June 6, 2020 9am - 3pm


Join us for the annual Garden Fair. Admission: Non-perishable food item or cleaning product. Items given on admission will benefit the youth homeless population in Rochester.

                                                        Women of Mayo
                                                         March 21, 2020

Check back for more information regarding this wonderful experience that recognizes the accomplishments of the women of the founding days of Mayo Clinic.  t


                                                  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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