History Center of Olmsted County

1195 W Circle Dr SW
Rochester MN  55902

Phone: (507) 282-9447

History Center of Olmsted County

Hours for the Museum are 9:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Hours for the Research Center are 9:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Vision Statement
To become a gathering place for the broader community that inspires and encourages the exploration of history in order to understand the past, its relevance to the present and enlighten the decisions of tomorrow.

Established in 1926, the History Center of Olmsted County interprets the history of Olmsted County and SE MN region. This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is governed by its membership through a Board of Directors.

Today the History Center of Olmsted County actively serves the region by offering a varied presentation of educational programs, events, exhibits, a state of the art research center and archives. It owns and operates five historic buildings and sites. A professional staff manage the programs, collections and properties assisted by over 400 enthusiastic volunteers.

The History Center of Olmsted County is also assisted in it's mission by an auxiliary organization, the Olmsted County Genealogy Society and through a commitment to education by the generosity of Master Gardeners of Olmsted County and the Mechanical History Round Table. With funding support from the citizens of Olmsted County and City of Rochester.


To give people of all ages and backgrounds access and opportunity to learn about the past through interpretive programs and exhibits, research, publications and events.

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Founded: January 25th, 1926
Parking: Parking Lot

Categories: Community Center, Education, History Museum

Hours

Tue: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Events

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 10/10/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Bob Douglas - "A Field Guide to Historic Sites in Olmsted County" Retired Gustavus Adolphus College geography professor Bob Douglas wrote the book on well-known...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 11/14/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

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...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 12/12/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

John Hunziker - "The History of the Rochester Public Library" John was the former History Center of Olmsted County executive director many years ago. He now works...

Past Events

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 09/12/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

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...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 08/08/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Steve Schmitt - "Minnesota 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...

Living History Fair

Living History Fair
09:00 am - 07/14/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Join us for a weekend of 1860's interactive events! - Civil War Battles & Encampments - Civil War Medical Demonstrations - New Exhibits in the Museum - 1860’s...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 07/11/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Ken Allsen - "Hattie and Henry, the Architects" Rochester resident Ken Allsen has been a draftsman and designer since 1995. With three books now in print, Allsen...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 06/13/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Dana Knaak and Pat Johnson - "The Plummer House" Join Dana on a journey through the Plummer House with pictures taken by Pat. Admission: $2.00 for non-members,...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 05/09/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Virginia Wentzel - "WWII Japanese American Internment Camps" Virginia will be talking about WWII Japanese American Internment Camps in relation to the History Center's...

Courage & Compassion Exhibit Public Opening

Courage & Compassion Exhibit Public Opening
05:30 pm - 05/04/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Courage and Compassion chronicles the Japanese American experience during World War II, featuring local stories of bravery and extraordinary support of Japanese...

Sketching the Stories of Vietnam Veterans

Sketching the Stories of Vietnam Veterans
05:30 pm - 04/20/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Al Smith presents, “Sketching the Stories of Vietnam Veterans” 5:30p - Happy Hour; 6p-7p - Lecture Drink Beer + Wine/Talk History Free will donation - Reservations...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 04/11/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Corky Gaskell (aka Goose) - "We knew it as base ball, before it was baseball - the history of the game." Corky has been playing for the Roosters baseball team and...

Free Admission for Military + Families!

Free Admission for Military + Families!
09:00 am - 03/29/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, we are offering free admission to veterans, active duty military, and their families. Come check out our current major exhibit,...

History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour
05:30 pm - 03/20/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

"History of Police Use of Force Methodology and Policies" Presented by Steve Borchardt We will explore current cases that are affecting law enforcement and information...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
11:00 am - 03/14/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Dr. Chris Boes - "Lager vs. Listerism: Comparing and Contrasting the Brewers Schuster and the Doctors Mayo" Dr. Chris Boes has presented at the Princess Cafe on...

History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour
06:00 pm - 03/02/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

"The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International 'Medical Mecca'" Join medical professional...

History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour
05:30 pm - 02/20/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

"The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International 'Medical Mecca'" Join medical professional...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 02/14/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

Paul Koeller - "1918 Flu Pandemic - Southern Minnesota Day by Day Through the Headlines" Paul has spoken at several Princess Cafe lectures and will present a sad...

Winterfest

Winterfest
10:00 am - 02/03/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

The History Center of Olmsted County will be hosting indoor hands-on activities as part of Rochester's Winterfest festivities once again! Activities will be announced...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 01/10/2018

At History Center of Olmsted County

John Weiss - "The Wild Zumbro River" John has been the Post Bulletin's outdoors writer since August 1976. He retired at the end of September 2016. He grew up in...

Princess Cafe

Princess Cafe
09:00 am - 12/13/2017

At History Center of Olmsted County

Chuck Potter “The Mayo Foundation House: Inside the Home of Dr. William Mayo” Chuck Potter, manager of Mayo Clinic historic properties, oversees operations of...

Santa Returns to the History Center!

Santa Returns to the History Center!
01:00 pm - 11/18/2017

At History Center of Olmsted County

Join us Saturday November 18th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for pictures with Santa! This year we will have a photographer who will take the photos and email them to...

Life in the Trenches - WWI

Life in the Trenches - WWI
06:00 pm - 11/16/2017

At History Center of Olmsted County

The History Center of Olmsted County will host a discussion led by local author P.S. Duffy on “In Flanders Fields: Reflections on World War I and Its Impact.”...

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