Current 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.

No refunds for event ticket purchases.
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Programs for Parents and Kids

Adult Programming


Time varies by workshop
Pricing varies by workshop
Periodically, the HCOC will hold workshops on a variety of topics

Homegrown Histories

90 Minute lecture program for adults
Members: Free
Non-members: $5
We are delighted to present the stories of our own local historians. After digging into the resources available at the Library and Archives here at the History Center, these presenters are excited to share the stories that they have uncovered. Come and join us as we learn more about the area that so many call home! And, be sure to check back as this series will be updated regularly. We hope to see you soon!

Alan Calavano Distinguished Lecturer Series

Pricing varies by event
We are excited to present a redesigned Alan Calavano Lecture Series!! The Alan Calavano Distinguished Lecturer Series will bring distinguished speakers to HCOC to talk about complicated topics and will invite our visitors to really analyze some of the more complex issues of our day. We look forward to learning some more about complex topics and really investigating the world that we live in. These events will often feature different VIP experiences, so keep an eye out for that and how you can become more involved. 

Other Programs

Mayowood Specialty Tours

Time varies by program
Pricing varies by program
Mayowood has been called the jewel of Rochester, Minnesota. These specialty tours peel back the curtain and take a deeper dive into different aspects of this magnificent home. Learn about the work that goes into maintaining an old house, see the beautiful statues that grace the gardens of this home and explore the house in a different light.

Roosters Base Ball

Times vary
Presented by the History Center of Olmsted County, the Roosters play 1860 rules base ball while wearing period uniforms and using replica bats and balls. Their home field is Schmitt Field located on the grounds of the History Center. The goal is to bring history alive with depictions of Base Ball as it was meant to be played. . Click here for a preliminary schedule.

For more information, visit the Roosters Facebook page.

Schools and Homeschools