Princess Café Lecture Series

Do you like learning about a variety of history? Join us for the Princess Café Lecture Series on the second Wednesday of each month at the History Center of Olmsted County. Check out the schedule below - the 2018 schedule will be posted soon.

Admission: $2.00
Members: Free!

Princess Café 2018 Calendar


Princess Café Lecture Series 2nd Wednesday of Every Month at  9:00 A.M. (Approximately 1:30 in duration)

Coffee and Cookies provided!!

$2 non-members; members free



Wed, 5/9/18

Virginia Wentzel “WWII Japanese American Internment Camps”

Virginia will be talking about WWII Japanese In-ternment Camps in relation to the HCOC exhibit on display in the museum.


Wed, 6/13/18

Dana Knaak and Pat Johnson “The Plummer House”

Join Dana on a journey through the Plummer House with pictures taken by Pat.

Wed, 7/11/18

Ken Allsen - Hattie and Henry, the Architects”

Rochester resident Ken Allsen has been a drafts-man and designer since 1995. With three books now in print, Allsen also works as a freelance architectural historian. His mission is to pre-serve the architectural history of southeastern MN.


Wed, 8/8/18

Steve Schmitt—”MN Ancient History”

Steve was married to the late Mary Jane Schmitt who passed away in August 2017. Steve has been a long time member and volunteer for HCOC.


Wed, 9/12/18

Lee Hilgendorf—”The Rochester Airport: It’s Changing Locations”

Lee Hilgendorf is a volunteer at the History Center of Olmsted County. He writes for the weekly Lens on History feature in the PB.


Wed, 10/10/18

Bob Douglas “A Field Guide to Historic Sites in Olmsted County, MN

Retired Gustavus Adolphus College geography professor Bob Douglas wrote the book on well-known Olmsted County sites each person should visit while living in South-eastern Minnesota.

Wed, 11/14/18

John Kruesel—Historic Preservation: “You Don't Know What You've Got until it's Gone"

Local Rochester historian John Kruesel will give his unique perspective on the history of Rochester, MN and to raise awareness as to the economic and community benefits of meaningful historic preservation.


Wed, 12/12/18

Dr. Chris Boes “Lager vs. Listerism: Comparing and Contrasting the Brewers Schuster and the Doctors Mayo”

Dr. Chris Boes has presented at the Princess Café on his research of the Schuster Brewery. Christopher J. Boes, M.D. works at the Mayo Clinic as a Consultant and Education Chair, in the Department of Neurology, Associate Dean, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medi-cal Education, Medical Director, W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine, and Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


                                                                  5:30pm at the HCOC Crawford Room

                          The goal of the Alan Calavaro Lecture Series is to encourage the exploration of history through                                                                   programs and events for children and adults.

                                                                               September 28, 2018:
                                                                     "Battlefield Medicine in WW1"
by Micheael Eckers 

                                                                                  October 19, 2018: 
                                                                           "If Only You Would Ask" 
by Eileen Berger and Joan Bachman
                                    A guide to having meaningful conversations with family and friends.

                                                                                   January 24, 2019
                                                                    "Carillion Bells of Mayo Clinic"

                                                                                    by Austin Ferguson

                                                                                 February 21, 2019:
                                                                           "Depression , is it Real?"

                                                                                  by Aaron Sateralen



 Women's History Round Table Event:  September 26 at 6pm in the Craword Room at HCOC

                                       Ames Sheldon will speak on her historical fiction book "Eleanor's Wars"


Oct 19, 2018 – Alan Calavano History Lectures

Oct 19, 2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"If Only You Would Ask" by Eileen Berger and Joan Bachman The book is a guide to having meaningful conversations with family and friends.

Jan 24, 2019 – Alan Calavano History Lectures

Jan 24, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"Carillion Bells of Mayo Clinic" by Austin Ferguson

Feb 21, 2019 – Alan Calavano History Lectures

Feb 21, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"Depression, is it Real?" by Aaron Saterdalen

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