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.

Why and How Can We Save Cultural Heritage? (in person)

January 27th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What is cultural heritage and why is it important? Learn more about the importance of local heritage conservation and preservation in Rochester, MN. Hélène Genéty will look at how the French are renovating the Notre Dame Cathedral, a project that she helped work on, and how those lessons can be applied here in Southeastern Minnesota.

Why and How Can We Save Cultural Heritage? (virtual)

January 27th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What is cultural heritage and why is it important? Learn more about the importance of local heritage conservation and preservation in Rochester, MN. Hélène Genéty will look at how the French are renovating the Notre Dame Cathedral, a project that she helped work on, and how those lessons can be applied here in Southeastern Minnesota.

The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting the World's Coldest Continent Author Talk (virtual)

February 19th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leilani Raashida Henry’s new book The Call of Antarctica takes readers on a journey to the rugged Antarctic landscape to learn its history, its present, and the importance of protecting its future. In the book, Leilani weaves her father's experiences on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition, as an introduction to this land that is owned by the world. She will read diary entries from the book and her play Antarctic Soul, as well as, talk about what she discovered through her research. After her presentation, the author will be signing copies of her book!

The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting the World's Coldest Continent Author Talk (in person)

February 19th, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leilani Raashida Henry’s new book The Call of Antarctica takes readers on a journey to the rugged Antarctic landscape to learn its history, its present, and the importance of protecting its future. In the book, Leilani weaves her father's experiences on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition, as an introduction to this land that is owned by the world. She will read diary entries from the book and her play Antarctic Soul, as well as, talk about what she discovered through her research. After her presentation, the author will be signing copies of her book!

The Mayowood Historic Landscape (in person)

May 12th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Come with us as we take a look at the historic landscape of Mayowood. This presentation, which includes over 100 images of the grounds and the house, looks at the what, how, and whys of Dr. Charlie's creation of the landscape around Mayowood. What kinds of gardens did he design and why? How did the house interact with the landscape on which it was placed? Learn about all of this and more in this talk at the History Center.

The Mayowood Historic Landscape (virtual)

May 12th, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Come with us as we take a look at the historic landscape of Mayowood. This presentation, which includes over 100 images of the grounds and the house, looks at the what, how, and whys of Dr. Charlie's creation of the landscape around Mayowood. What kinds of gardens did he design and why? How did the house interact with the landscape on which it was placed? Learn about all of this and more in this talk at the History Center.