News and Announcements


Nakoma story telling.


Nakoma’s wife, Kati Volkman, instructing children on Native American beading.

Winter Fest 2015
Indoor Fun
was the name of the game on February 7. Approximately 185 folks came out to see us & participated in learning about important cold weather food preparation that our ancestors did, Native American story telling, drawing, and beading.

German Fest 2015

Fun and Food.
Those 3 words really sum up the essence of German Fest, held on January 31 at the History Center of Olmsted County. The event was completely sold out and fun seemed to be had by all. Delicious German food was provided by Johnny Mango, and German music by the Larry J. Band from Rochester entertained us while we ate, drank and visited. Tours of the new exhibit hall were enjoyed by many. In May, the History Center of Olmsted County is planning a Mediterranean Fest! Be on the lookout for information on this.


Phase II Renovations of Exhibit Hall
It’s been a considerable amount of time spent on renovations in the museum/exhibit hall this past summer, autumn and winter, but we think you’ll agree that it’s been worth it. On January 31, the History Center of Olmsted County will celebrate this completion with a “delicious” German Fest. Folks attending this event will be able to view the new displays in the exhibit hall and have a chance to sit down & take a “photo” with Charlie and Will Mayo, as well as see a beautiful collection of historical wedding gowns from 1860 through 1960.


Exhibit Hall Renovation
We are continuing our renovation project that will transform the exhibit hall into a state of the art space for programming and new exhibits. Demolition began June 10th and a Grand Re-Opening was held on October 25th. Check back regularly for more information. All indoor exhibits were closed for a while because of the construction. The grounds will remain open during the renovation. Admission is FREE during this time. The regular admission price will be back to $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids 12 & under starting on January 31 when we celebrate the completion of Phase II of renovation. German Fest will also take place January 31, 2015.