Upcoming Events

Beaders' Society of Southeast Minnesota

Tue, Sep. 16 2014 / 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM / Cost: FREE!

The Beaders’ Society of Southeast Minnesota will be meeting at the History Center on Tuesday, September 16th. A class will be offered on St. Petersburg beading starting promptly at 6. Kits for the class will be available for $20, but supplies will be limited. Bring your own scissors or thread snips and beading mat.

For those who do not want to take the class, or if the kits run out, there will also be open beading.


Barnes & Noble Apache Mall Bookfair

Thu, Sep. 25 2014 / 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM / Cost: FREE!

The History Center of Olmsted County teams up with Barnes & Noble for a discussion and book signing featuring John Christgau’s Incident at Otterville Station, which tells the true story of a slave rescue conducted by Minnesota’s 9th Regiment during the Civil War.

A percentage of your Apache Mall Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the History Center of Olmsted County.

Visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 09/25/14 to 09/30/14 by entering Bookfair ID 11410784 at checkout.

For a more attractive version of this information, check out the event flyer.


Master Architect Reception

Thu, Sep. 25 2014 / 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM / Cost: FREE!

Join us at the History Center to celebrate the release of Ken Allsen’s new book, Master Architect: The Life and Works of Harold Crawford. Ken will be present for book signing and conversation.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to (507) 282-7844.


Mayowood Open House and Mum Show

Sun, Oct. 5 2014 / 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM / Cost: Individual Tickets-$8 in advance, $10 day of event; Family Tickets-$18 in advance, $20 day of event

On October 5th, the Friends of Mayowood will be holding an open house and chrysanthemum show! Reinvigorating a tradition which extends back to 1925, the Friends plan to open the first floor of the house and the grounds with a display of over 1400 mums, representing 43 varieties!

This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the recent changes to the mansion, while participating in an an event with roots going back nearly a century!

Parking for this event will be limited to the Bamber Valley Elementary School parking lot, with shuttles carrying guests to Mayowood.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Sargent’s or at the History Center. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the Bamber Valley Elementary parking lot.


Princess Cafe–Paul Koeller

Wed, Oct. 8 2014 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2 for general public, free for members

The History of Rochester Christmas Anonymous

By Paul Koeller

Rochester, Minnesota has always been known as a caring place. There is a long history in the city of groups caring for the needy at Christmas, A variety of groups participated in these efforts resulting in duplication of services in some cases while other needs went unmet. In 1956 in an effort to solve those problems, the first seeds were sown for a group that would become Christmas Anonymous. Now more than 50 years later, the group still thrives and hundred of Rochester area families benefit from the generosity of this unique local organization.