History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester

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Vision Statement

To become a gathering place for the broader community that inspires and encourages the exploration of history in order to understand the past, its relevance to the present and enlighten the decisions of tomorrow.

Established in 1926, the History Center of Olmsted County interprets the history of Olmsted County and SE MN region. This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is governed by its membership through a Board of Directors.

Today the History Center of Olmsted County actively serves the region by offering a varied presentation of educational programs, events, exhibits, a state of the art research center and archives. It owns and operates five historic buildings and sites. A professional staff manage the programs, collections and properties assisted by over 400 enthusiastic volunteers.

The History Center of Olmsted County is also assisted in it's mission by an auxiliary organization, the Olmsted County Genealogy Society and through a commitment to education by the generosity of Master Gardeners of Olmsted County and the Mechanical History Round Table. With funding support from the citizens of Olmsted County and City of Rochester.
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  • This is a gift to residents and visitors of Olmsted County and the City of Rochester. You cannot help but feel history of which you are a part no matter where you were raised. You can feel the... 
    This is a gift to residents and visitors of Olmsted County and the City of Rochester. You cannot help but feel history of which you are a part no matter where you were raised. You can feel the...  more »
  • It is wonderful to learn more about the past of Rochester. The museum and any learning classes are great knowledge. Their tours of Mayowood are fantastic. 
    It is wonderful to learn more about the past of Rochester. The museum and any learning classes are great knowledge. Their tours of Mayowood are fantastic.  more »
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  • Cute little pit stop. Always glad to be able to support smaller museums. Lots of fun tours of other buildings open up in the summer I was told, so we might come back!
  • great place for history. they know a ton of facts and can leave you feeling a sense of great wonder and nice amazement which reminds me of the time that i went here and saw some amazing things

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