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. More information is to follow, in the meantime, please visit to watch our readings of children's stories.

Adult Programming


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

90 Minute lecture program for adults
Members: Free
Non-members: $5
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.
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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!
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LIFE Programs

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
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Other Programs

Schools and Homeschools