Donate Items

Thank you for your interest in donating to the History Center of Olmsted County.

Donate Artifacts

The History Center strives to collect historic artifacts that illuminate the stories of our past and present. These materials can serve multiple purposes, including museum exhibition, intellectual research, historic preservation, and educational programming. It is our job to be the stewards of these collections on behalf of the public trust, a duty that we take very seriously.

If you have an item that tells a story about the people, places, and organizations of Olmsted County and SE Minnesota, please call or write to make an appointment!

Dan Nowakowski – Curator of Collections – or call 507-282-9447 ext 120

Krista Lewis – Archivist – or call 507-282-9447 ext 113

The History Center follows this process for donated items:

An initial interview is scheduled with a museum staff member. For three dimensional objects, you will see the Curator of Collections, for two dimensional items such as books and photographs, see the Archivist, and for educational items the Programming Coordinator will meet with you. Please note: appointments are preferred for all donations.

Your items may be recommended by the staff to the Collections Committee, to be considered for inclusion into our collections. In that case, you will sign a Deed of Gift form that legally transfers ownership of the item(s) into the possession of the museum. If these items have been recommended to be included into the permanent collection, the Board of Directors will have final approval authority.

Although the History Center retains the right to accept any object or materials into its collections, we use the Collections Management Policy as a guideline. If your donation is formally accepted into the collection, it will be accessioned and cataloged, and receive the best care we can provide for it- for future generations to enjoy. Please note: the HCOC cannot promise when, where, or how your item may be exhibited in the future.

Thank you for thinking of the History Center!

Donate Items of Need

We are always in need of supplies to help keep our not-for-profit organization running smoothly and effectively. See below for a list of items we currently need! If you have items you’d like to donate that aren’t listed, or have questions about the item list, contact us at

  • Office supplies


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