History Center Events
The History Center of Olmsted County offers a variety of events throughout the year. Scroll down to see our recurring events. Not all of our events are listed below, so be sure to watch our Calendar so you don't miss anything! As a non-profit, our events are only possible with the support of the community! If you would like to sponsor an event, call the History Center at 507-282-9447, or contact us by email.
Aug 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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 10 am-2 pm. 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)
Join us for some winter fun in early February at Winterfest! Bundle up to enjoy the cold bite of winter.
The Rochester Area Special Olympics will provide horse-drawn sleigh rides on the History Center grounds from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM with free will donations gratefully accepted.
You can warm up inside the History Center with crafts and cocoa! No pre-registration required, children are $5.00 and their accompanying guardian is free!
Indoor History Center activities for Winterfest will be Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Living History Fair
Living History Fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2018.
Movies Under the Stars
Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head on over to the History Center for Movies Under the Stars! There’s pop, popcorn, and candy available for purchase, and a family friendly movie for your viewing pleasure beginning at dusk. Occasionally there will be pre-movie events, so be sure to get there early (denoted below).
Admission is $5.00. Seniors and children under 12 get in free! For conservation purposes, please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, or picnic baskets onto the History Center Grounds.
July 27 - Wonder (PG)
August 10 - CARS 3 (PG)
August 24 - Moana (PG)
August 31- SING (PG)
Watch for our 2018 Calendar coming next year!
Harvest Moon Fall Festival- October 18, 2018
Every October, the History Center gets autumn-awesome with our Harvest Moon Fall Festival. This event is family-friendly, and often features things like scarecrow decorating, pumpkin painting, apple cider pressing, sauerkraut stomping, and much more!
The cost to attend is $5.00 per child and FREE for parents or accompanying adults. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday October 18, 2018, 1-4 pm.
Adult Scavenger Hunt- October 27, 2018
Discover the local food, drink, and history of Olmsted County with the History Center's Annual Adult Scavenger Hunt. You and three friends will chase leads to restaurants, bars, and other area attractions. Afterward, join your competitors for an awards ceremony where prizes will be awarded!
If you are interested in participating, please read the Adult Scavenger Hunt Instructions. Pre-registration is required and can be done by filling out the Registration Form and returning it to the History Center in person or by e-mail.
** We are currently in need of adult volunteers for the Scavenger Hunt to hand out packets at local bar/restaurants. Please contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!**
We are always looking for Scavenger Hunt sponsors, please call the History Center if you would like to donate! Becoming a sponsor gives you an opportunity to advertise on our website and also our Scavenger Hunt literature and clues! Teams must register by 5pm October 19, 2018.
While you’re here – take a look at last year’s sponsors.
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