RF Evans Impressions
Mr. Ralph Folland Evans came to Olmsted County for a very specific reason: to work with a friend in the design of a new hotel. What became of that project was part of a local landmark, and a series of watercolors capture the viewer’s attention.
Beyond the Frame
This was an exhibit that focused on items from the fine arts collection. The exhibit was prepared following the cataloging and inventory of the collection.
Ed Fischer: 25 Years of Cartooning
The exhibit featured both originals and copies of Ed Fischer’s works. Ed Fischer worked as the staff cartoonist for the Rochester Post-Bulletin for 25 years. The topics of Transportation, Politics, Health, and Ed’s Favorite Cartoons showed Ed Fischer’s talent and humor.
Surveying the Quilts of Olmsted County
In Minnesota and Olmsted County history, quilting and surveying played key roles. Quilters subdivided fabric into fascinating designs, while surveyors subdivided the land, eventually leading to the patterned landscape we see today.
The exhibit featured several quilts from the History Center’s collections, including crazy quilts and an 1899 red work signature quilt from Grace Universalist Church (Stones from the church went into the construction of Mayowood.) In addition, the surveying equipment of Col. George Healy and early Olmsted County pioneer furniture revealed home life of more than a century ago.