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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3.5 Hour morning day camps
Come and learn about all that the History Center has to offer! We are excited to present THREE BRAND NEW DAY CAMPS this summer that will cover everything from ancient fossils to early pioneers and so much more! We hope that your little explorer is ready for a fun filled morning at the History Center where they will learn about all of the history that is right around them! We cannot wait to see you! All of the day camps are recommended for ages 8 to 14. Please complete the registration form here.
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. More information is to follow, in the meantime, please visit our YouTube channel
to watch our readings of children's stories.
Time varies by workshop
Pricing varies by workshop
Periodically, the HCOC will hold workshops on a variety of topics
History from Around the Bend
90 Minute lecture program for adults
Welcome to a world of knowledge! Come along and learn all about the world around us as we explore a wide variety of topics. Whether just around the bend means learning about something next door or traveling across the globe, we are going to explore the world that we live in and hope that you will join us. You are sure to learn something new each and every time you visit us so take a look at our offerings and sign up for your favorites! And, be sure to check back as this series will be updated regularly! See you soon.
90 Minute lecture program for adults
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.
2 Hour lecture program for adults
This is a series of lectures presented in conjunction with the LIFE Program at RCTC. Learn more about these and other classes they are offering at http://www.learningisforever.net/
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 mansion in a different light.
Roosters Base Ball
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