Program Events: Homegrown Histories

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

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.

Lost & Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota

September 9th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rochester is a bustling city focused on the world famous Mayo Clinic. However, this was not always the case and tonight we are going to explore some of those lost stories. Hear from local author Amy Hahn about her two books; Lost Rochester, Minnesota (2017) and the Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota (2022). Learn some of the most interesting stories in addition to how Hahn conducted her research right here at our very own History Center!