Educational Programs

The History Center of Olmsted County is proud to offer educational programming designed for your enjoyment. There’s something here for you whether you are 8 or 80 - tours, exhibits, special events, presentations, classes, and even off-site activities. Peruse this page to learn about all of the awesome education opportunities we have available to you.

Traveling Programs

Can’t make it in to see us? No worries, we can bring historical fun to you with our Traveling Program. There’s no limit on the audience age range – everyone is welcome! For the best experience, we suggest that the number of attendees be kept between 20 and 35 people. We offer a variety of different program options for a pre-determined presentation fee.

  • One 45 minute presentation = $100.00
  • Add a second presentation = + $75.00
  • Add a third presentation = + $50.00

*Note – additional presentations must be in the same building on the same day. For more than three presentations, or for programs at care facilities, scouts, youth groups, and student organizations, please contact Aaron Saterdalen at 507-282-9447 or by email at

Current Traveling Program Options

The United States in WWII - Discover the U.S. fighting in WWII and what that meant. WWII was felt overseas but it was also felt at home.

WWI – Experience, Understand, and Discover WWI through pictures and hands-on items from the education collection.

Immigrant Trunk – See the contents of an immigrant trunk and discover the immigration journey of an 1800’s Norwegian family.

Life as a Pioneer Child – Experience life as a pioneer child via hands-on exploration of household artifacts, an inquiry-based discussion, and playing period-specific games.

The One Room Schoolhouse – Learn classroom activities typical in the late 1800s including elocution practice, slate-writing, and lessons from McGuffey’s Readers. Compare student and teacher expectations of the past to those present today. This program is only offered in winter.

How WWII Started – Understand how WWII began with fun facts, relevant pictures, and related artifacts from the 1940s.

Life as a Civil War Solider – View real artifacts, photos, and guns from the Civil War! Learn what it was like to be a Civil War soldier in the 1860s. This presentation is aligned to the Minnesota social studies standards.

Firearms of the 1800s – Explore the evolution of 1800s firearms! Get hands-on interaction with black powder firearms, and see photos of the full line of firearms in the collection at the History Center.

Americans Move West - Discover the occupations of the Wild Wild West that had a lasting impact in the 21st century, like Miners, Ranchers, and Cowboys.

Carpenter Workshop Coming 2019

Description: Prior to 1900, nearly all furniture was made by hand. This workshop gives children an introduction into carpentry through building their own wood projects. Attendees will learn how to use carpentry tools (tools are provided) from our volunteers and/or staff, who will assist with the projects. Projects may include a birdhouse, toolbox, jewelry hanger, or wooden toy gun.

Accepting: 12 students between 1st and 6th grade

Summer Day Camp


Civil War Soldier Summer Day Camp

Description: Attention all recruits! Come and enlist in the 3rd MN Company for an afternoon at the History Center of Olmsted County.  New recruits will spend the afternoon learning what life was like for soldiers during the 1860s. Campers will “enlist,” learn to march and drill, watch musket firings, and much more.
Camps run from 10am-2pm. Please bring a sack lunch and wear appropriate clothing.

Space is limited to 16 per camp, so be sure to make your reservations today! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. (Grades 3rd-8th Grade)

Civil War Soldier Day Camp: Wednesday, August 1st 10am-2pm

Cost: $50 non-members, $45 members. 


Summer Schoolhouse Summer Day Camp

Description: During this camp, children will have a chance to step back in time and learn what it was like to be a student in a one-room schoolhouse.  When the bell rings, students will begin a day of learning and reenacting. Just like students 150 years ago, they will learn reading, arithmetic, geography, penmanship and elocution, and take part in a spelling bee.  They will also have the chance to participate in recess and play 19th century games, such as hoops and graces. The bell will ring promptly to begin and end their experience in the one-room schoolhouse. Bring a sack lunch. Snack will be provided.

Camps run from 10am-2pm. Please bring a sack lunch and wear appropriate clothing.

Space is limited to 13 per camp, so be sure to make your reservations today! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. (Entering 3rd Grade-7th Grade)

Schoolhouse Day Camp: Wednesday, August 22nd 10am-2pm

Cost: $45 non-members, $40 members.

Contact information: Please call the History Center at (507)282-9447 to register by phone, email or fax 507-289-5481


Registration form for Summer Day Camps 

2018 Summer Camp Registration - Printable.docx


History Hay Rides

Come take a ride through history with us. Relax on our canopied wagon this summer season as you take a 90 minute guided tour of the History Center campus. You’ll see:

  • The George Stoppel Farmstead
  • The William Dee Log Cabin and Heritage Garden
  • The Hadley Valley Schoolhouse
  • The Ralph Stoppel Farmstead

Tuesdays from June 15th – August 11th

Cost is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under. (Receive a $4.00 discount on adult tickets for History Center members!) No registration required, but tours are on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 507-282-9447.

Living History Fair

Please visit our Living History Fair website by clicking here

Demonstrator and Vendor Contract

LHF Demonstrator & Vendor Contract 2018.pdf


Mechanical History Round Table

The MHRT is a partner group of the History Center. The MHRT base of operation is at the Ralph Stoppel Farm place located within the grounds of the History Center of Olmsted County. You can find out more about the MHRT by visiting their website here


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