Upcoming Events

Car Smash! Fundraiser

Sun, Jun. 25 2017 / 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM / Cost: $5.00 for 1 swing, $10.00 for 3

If you’ve ever wanted to take a sledgehammer to a car, now’s your chance! Proceeds benefit the restoration of the 1964 Imperial Crown owned by Dr. Charlie Mayo!

Smash a junker so that the Imperial may live on! $5 for one; $10 for three.


Princess Cafe

Wed, Jul. 12 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Don Borcherding
“Surveying History of Olmsted County”
Don Borcherding is a licensed engineer and surveyor in Minnesota and Iowa. He is a graduate of Iowa State, retired President of Yaggy Colby, and past president of Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors.

Admission: $2.00 for non-members, free for members.
Coffee and cookies are provided courtesy of Hy-vee!


Living History Fair

Sat, Jul. 15 2017 / 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM / Cost: $8.00, children 0-12 are free!

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 era School Activities
– Log Cabin Living Demonstrations
– See Drill Sergeant Arn Kind
– Vintage Base Ball Games
– Food Vendors on site
– Period Vendors on site
– Fiber Arts and Crafts Demonstrations & Many More Events & Activities

2-DAY ADMISSION WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE FOR $10.00 AT THE HISTORY CENTER OF OLMSTED COUNTY ON OR BEFORE JULY 14TH, 2017. THE $8.00 ADMISSION WRISTBAND AT THE GATE ON THE DAYS OF JULY 15 & 16, 2017 STAYS THE SAME.

$8.00 Admission Without Wristband at the Gate the Weekend of Program

Ages 12 & Under are FREE!

Bring the Whole Family for an Exciting & Educational Weekend!


What's it Worth?

Sun, Jul. 23 2017 / 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM / Cost: $15 members; $20 non-members per item

Mark Moran, PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser, has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art.

Appraisals may include: fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, books, and sports memorabilia.

Excluded: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are acceptable); traps; Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious jems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about item acceptability may be sent by email to Mark Moran at moranm1953@gmail.com

Appraisals by Reservation Only! Call (507) 282-9447 to register.
Registration begins Tuesday May 23
Registration deadline: Thursday July 13

Price per item: $15 members; $20 non-members

Open to the public! Spectator admission $5


Princess Cafe

Wed, Aug. 9 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

John Perkins
“Gold Cross Ambulance History of Rochester, MN”
Listen to John speak about the Gold Cross Ambulance service in Rochester, MN before he sold the business to Mayo Clinic.

Admission: $2.00 for non-members, free for members.
Coffee and cookies are provided courtesy of Hy-vee!