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.

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Programs for Parents and Kids

Hooray for History

15-20 Minute Program Free for Kids
The History Center offers educational programs for grades K-5th grade which includes a 15-20 minute program. This may include artifacts from our education collection and it will include hands-on activities. Programs may include a PowerPoint presentation. Topics vary per grade level. The program is free for kids.

Adult Programming

New World Opportunities, Old World Skills: The Historic Spangenberg Farmhouse (virtual presentation)

January 7, 2020
Members: Free
Non-members: $5
Minnesota is filled with stories of early German immigrants moving here and trying to carve out a new life for themselves. Frederick and Charles Spangenberg moved close to the Mississippi River and used the local limestone to start building a farmstead to support thier families. Learn about the houses they set up and how the land they first moved to has changed over the years.

LIFE Program: The Hidden Fort Pulaski (virtual presentation)

February 2, 2020
Fort Pulaski is best known for the thirty-hour bombardment in 1862 during which the Union's rifled artillery made masonry forts practically obsolete. But there is more to this Georgia fort than meets the eye. From the seldom told story of the enslaved who occupied the island to the names carved into the bricks, Fort Pulaski has far more stories to share. Come along and learn about the intriguing history of this fort and what makes it special!

Norwegian Immigration and Health Care (virtual presentation)

February 11, 2020
Members: Free
Non-members: $5
Minnesota has long been home to a number of different immigrant communities. All of these groups have faced a number of challenges including getting access to quality health care. Learn about Minnesota's early immigrant community and how they navigated their own health care.

The Mayo Clinic Wax Models and Medical Museum (virtual presentation)

March 18, 2020
Members: Free
Non-members: $5
The Mayo Clinic is home to a large—and now largely unknown—collection of medical wax models, but if you visited the Mayo Medical Museum on a school field trip as a child, you will remember seeing these fascinating artifacts! Created by in-house artists from c.1924 to 1983, they were used by Mayo physicians to illustrate medical conditions and surgical procedures at medical meetings around the country. This presentation will feature the history of the models and how they influenced the development of the Mayo Medical Museum in the mid- to late Twentieth Century.

Genealogy 101: Establishing the Roots of Your Family Tree (virtual workshop)

April 10, 2020
A virtual half-day workshop to get you on your way to recording your genealogy.

Schools and Homeschools

Other Programs