Event and 
Wedding Rental

Make your wedding or event stand out. The History Center offers picturesque gardens and historic buildings for eye-catching backdrops as well as convenient indoor spaces for all types of events, parties, ceremonies and more.

Each location can be set up in a variety of different layouts so that you get the exact ambiance you are looking for. Plus, we have chairs, tables, sound equipment, AV equipment, and a projector available for use. What more could you ask for?

Our pavilion, seating 175, is the perfect location for outdoor events, such as company picnics, reunions, or graduation picnics, just feet away from our historic Dee Cabin and a one-room schoolhouse and in close proximity to the History Center and parking. Our pavilion is a great area to set up food trucks and tents, and you can even throw in a good old-fashioned family baseball game at Schmitt Field!

The Dee Cabin and Hadley Valley School house are also great places for photos and ideas for your rental needs. Small yet beautiful, they can only add to the memory of your special day. Don't forget our beautifully maintained gardens and the Stoppel Farmstead, which can also be used for a delightful get together near the barn.

Please call for more information or to schedule a walk-through of our beautiful grounds at 507-282-9447 or services@olmstedhistory.com.

Weddings will not be permitted on HCOC grounds until further notice.


The History Center is the ideal setting for your portrait shoot. The fee for portrait photography is $25.

Portrait photography is permitted outside, on the paths of our inviting gardens and grounds.

Portrait photography is defined as any one of the following situations, or any combination thereof:

  • Anyone having a portrait taken on the History Center grounds, including those celebrating an engagement, marriage, birthday, communion, pregnancy, graduation, or another special occasion.
  • A photo session where a photographer (amateur, student or professional) has a subject(s) posing for a portrait on the History Center grounds.
  • Any visit to the History Center involving photography, where the main purpose is portrait photography, rather than a recreational visit to the museum.

Please call for more information or to schedule a photography shoot at 507-282-9447 or services@olmstedhistory.com. 

Please see our Photography Policy for more details.

Community Gardens

The History Center Community Garden is open to the public for an                annual fee from May 9 to October 15, 2021.
We will work to lengthen this season as conditions permit.

Each plot is $75 per year.  If you are a current member or choose to                            become one, your discounted price is $50.00 per plot.
New this year are raised beds!

Some Advantages:

  • A fence surrounds the garden area to keep out deer
  • Water is available on site with hoses
  • A shed for tools

To rent a plot, please contact Darla. To learn more about the Community Garden,
contact Jean Williams.

Check out the HCOC Community Gardens Facebook Page!