HCOC’s Landscapes Series is a three phase exhibit series including: Landscapes of Memories, Our Physical Landscapes and Human Landscapes: The Story of Us.
- Landscapes of Memories chronicles seven different wars that affected our region, and is a tribute to Veterans from Southeastern Minnesota.
- Our Physical Landscapes looks at significant built and natural landscapes in Olmsted County.
- Human Landscapes: The Story of Us, along with associated programming uncovers the experiences of recent immigrants to Olmsted County, while referencing and comparing these experiences to those of 19th century immigrants. The exhibit is timed well, with current issues written and spoken about in our news and digital media: identity, community, inclusiveness, and multiculturalism. Programming, discussions, and presentations exploring these issues are produced for adults and children to encourage dialog between groups. It is hoped that Olmsted County residents can learn more about the people they live amongst and come away with a better understanding. This exhibit is generously supported by Mayo Clinic, Wells Fargo and the Judy & Jim Sloan Foundation.
Ancient Olmsted: Peoples & Migrations
The exhibit features the Schumann Cache, a large collection of Paleo-Indian artifacts dating back to 12,000 years ago. The cache is significant because the Schumann farm in Eyota, Olmsted County is the oldest known archeological site in Minnesota. There are only twenty such Paleo-Indian caches known in the United States.
Also featured are mammoth tusks unearthed from a Stewartville quarry, fossils from Minnesota, and the Peck Collection. The Peck Collection features Native American artifacts mainly from the Woodland and Archaic periods.
Olmsted Elegance: Decorative Arts & Design from the Antebellum to the Space Age
The decorative arts collection and technology collection are also featured. Typewriters made in the early days of IBM and the Tattersall Piano are special artifacts on exhibit. The exhibit explores the development of decorative art styles. Artifacts similar to those found on the Mayowood tours may also be seen.
NOTE: Dates may be subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.