Program Events: Homegrown Histories



Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (in person)

August 26th, 2001
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century.

Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (in person)

August 26th, 2001
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century.

Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (in person)

August 26th, 2001
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century.

Exploring the Unknown: Lessons from George W. Gibbs Jr.'s Legacy (virtual presentation)

July 22nd, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
George W Gibbs, Jr., joined Admiral Richard E. Byrd's III United States Antarctic Expedition from 1939-1941. As a mess attendant aboard the USS Bear, Gibbs was the first Black explorer to set foot on the continent. Gibbs made it a point to leave things better than he found them. Rochester, MN has a more cohesive history because of his contributions to the town he loved. Discover the lessons from his adventures and how it informed his legacy of leadership. Part history and part call to action, The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting the World's Coldest Climate educates you on this historic expedition and asks the important question: Have you heard the voice of Antarctica? Written by his daughter, the book launches in August 2021. This event is at Central Standard Time (CST).

Tracks to the Future: The History of Trains in Rochester (virtual)

August 26th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Stories about the advent of the railroad are nothing new, stories have been around for years. However, stories about how the railroad came to Olmsted County, Rochester, and the surrounding communities, little is written. As the Civil War raged on, plans were underway for the ‘new frontier’; the American West. Prior to the railroad, both the county and its assorted hamlets, including Rochester, were sparsely populated. ‘Tracks to the Future’ is an interactive Power-Point program about how the rail line came into being in Olmsted County during last four decades of the 19th Century.

Gardening for the Future: The Importance of Cover Crops (virtual)

October 14th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What happens to gardens after the main harvest is done? What are cover crops and how can they be used to benefit gardeners from all walks of life? Come hear this dynamic presentation on the importance of cover crops presented by Master Gardener Ethan Swanson. Swanson will explore the historical uses of cover crops and how they can be used today.

Federal Medical Center; Past & Present (virtual)

October 28th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester Post Bulletin columnist Loren Else will discuss the operation and mission of the Federal Medical Center. On the former Rochester State Hospital site, the unique federal prison has now been open for thirty-seven years, opening in 1984. The sudden closure of the state hospital will be discussed along with a brief historical look at the Rochester State Hospital, which was in operation for over 100 years.

Federal Medical Center; Past & Present (in person)

October 28th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester Post Bulletin columnist Loren Else will discuss the operation and mission of the Federal Medical Center. On the former Rochester State Hospital site, the unique federal prison has now been open for thirty-seven years, opening in 1984. The sudden closure of the state hospital will be discussed along with a brief historical look at the Rochester State Hospital, which was in operation for over 100 years.

Rochester Stories: Origins (virtual)

November 18th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Think you know everything there is to know about Rochester history? What is it like to try and write a history of the Med City? Join this talk with Dr. Paul Scanlon as he explores the creation of his recent book, Rochester Stories: A Med City History. Hear about how he did his research, what stories didn't make it into the book and what it is like to publish a book about your own town. Copies of Rochester Stories: A Med City History will be available for purchase and Dr. Scanlon will be available to sign copies of his book.

Rochester Stories: Origins (in person)

November 18th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Think you know everything there is to know about Rochester history? What is it like to try and write a history of the Med City? Join this talk with Dr. Paul Scanlon as he explores the creation of his recent book, Rochester Stories: A Med City History. Hear about how he did his research, what stories didn't make it into the book and what it is like to publish a book about your own town. Copies of Rochester Stories: A Med City History will be available for purchase and Dr. Scanlon will be available to sign copies of his book.