Upcoming Events

Princess Cafe–Penelope Duffy

Wed, Sep. 10 2014 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: Non-members--$2; Members--Free

Penny Duffy speaks about the process of writing The Cartographer of No Man’s Land (W.W. Norton, 2013), a novel that takes place in Nova Scotia and France during the First World War.

About the author:

P.S. (Penny) Duffy was born in central China and grew up in New England and Maryland. She spent 35 summers sailing in Nova Scotia, where her family roots go back to 1754. She has a degree in history from Concordia University in Montreal and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and had a 25-year career in neurologically based communication disorders. She lives in Rochester where she balances writing in the neurosciences for Mayo Clinic with creative writing. The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is her third book and first novel. A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, it has also been published in Canada, Israel, Taiwan, and Great Britain.


Olmsted County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting Doors open at 6:00 for research.

Thu, Sep. 11 2014 / 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM / Cost: Free

This month’s speaker is William “Bill” Fried. He is Acting Executive Director of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, a 34 year resident of Spring Grove, and a recently retired teacher. At the Heritage Center, he manages a staff of 6, along with many volunteers. Their goal is to help the public discover, preserve, and share their family stories.

Research Center is open at 6:00 PM for people do work on their personal research projects.  The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Visitors Welcome


Barnes & Noble 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 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.


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.