Upcoming Events

Princess Cafe

Wed, Jun. 14 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Bryce Pronk
“The History of the Rochester Fire Department”
Bryce Pronk is a Rochester Fire Fighter who has served our community for the last three years. He has graciously agreed to speak on the Rochester Fire Department’s 150 years.

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


Car Smash! Fundraiser

Sun, Jun. 25 2017 / 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM / Cost: FREE!

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: 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!


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!


Movies Under the Stars

Fri, Aug. 11 2017 / 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM / Cost: FREE!

Tonight’s featured movie: Rio Bravo!

Movie will begin on Schmitt Field at dusk.
Tickets 13+ are $5, Seniors (65+) are free! 12 & under get in free!!
Concessions are available for purchase! Popcorn, pop, and candy! Oh my!

Please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, and picnic baskets on the History Center grounds. Thank you!


Movies Under the Stars

Fri, Aug. 25 2017 / 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM / Cost: FREE!

Tonight’s featured movie: Captain America Civil War!

Movie will begin on Schmitt Field at dusk.
Tickets 13+ are $5, Seniors (65+) are free! 12 & under get in free!!
Concessions are available for purchase! Popcorn, pop, and candy! Oh my!

Please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, and picnic baskets on the History Center grounds. Thank you!


Princess Cafe

Wed, Sep. 13 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Steve Lange
“Warrior From the Sky”
Steve Lange is the editor of Rochester Magazine and his articles come out every Tuesday.

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


Princess Cafe

Wed, Oct. 11 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Lanny Witter
“Olmsted County Prisoners in Andersonville”
Lanny Witter is an active member of the Rochester Civil War Roundtable and has done several lectures. He is helping the Veterans Museum become a reality.

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


Princess Cafe

Wed, Nov. 8 2017 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Jane Bisel and Nicole Pierson
“The Adolph Biermann House”
Jane and Nicole worked on presenting the history of the Biermann house. It is a house dating back to the 1870’s and bought by Dr. Charlie H. Mayo. It stands at the end of the long driveway at Mayowood Mansion and is near Ivy Lodge.

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