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History Center of Olmsted County

The History Center of Olmsted County gives people of all ages and backgrounds access and opportunities to learn about the past through interpretive programs and exhibits, research, publications and events.



Established in 1926, by its founder Burton Eaton, the History Center of Olmsted County collects, preserves and interprets the history of Olmsted County. This independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization is governed by its membership through a Board of Directors.

Today the History Center of Olmsted County actively serves Olmsted County and the Southeastern Minnesota region by collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of the region and offering a varied presentation of educational and outreach programs, special events, museum exhibits, a research center and archives.
The organization owns and operates five historic buildings and properties, of which two are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The organization’s operations are managed by a professional staff in conjunction with more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers.

The History Center of Olmsted County is also assisted in its mission by the support of an auxiliary organization, the Olmsted County Genealogy Society. The organization works closely in its mission through partnerships with the following organizations: Mechanical History Round Table, The Friends of Mayowood Residence and Historic Sites, The Civil War Round Table, Olmsted County Genealogy Society, The Rochester Roosters (and Hens) Vintage Base Ball Team, and The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Address: 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Phone: 507-282-9447


Enter to WIN a pair of tickets to "Beer...and the Rest is History!" on Sept. 30!

Enter to WIN a pair of tickets to the Living History Fair at History Center of Olmsted County on July 15-16!


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