School Field Trips

Education in history is an important part of the History Center of Olmsted County's mission. To help teach children history, we offer guided school tours of the History Center and our grounds. If you can't make it out to the History Center, learn about our Traveling Program offerings.

Bring your class to the History Center of Olmsted County! We’ve got something for you to do no matter the season. From May to October, children can explore the George Stoppel Farmstead, Ralph Stoppel Farmstead, Hadley Valley Schoolhouse, Heritage Gardens, and William Dee Log Cabin. The Museum Gallery and indoor alternative programs are available year-round. Tours of Mayowood Mansion are also available during select times.

Our current field trip program offerings are listed below. Homeschool groups, school-age care providers, scouts, youth groups, and student organizations are welcome as well, and the programs below can be modified for multiple grade levels.

Field trips may cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to: military history, coin collecting & currency, architectural history, fiber arts, and archeology. Trips typically last 1½ hours but may be shortened or extended. Modify the trip to comply with your specific curriculum needs and student age range by contacting our Program Coordinator.

All school field trips cost $5.00 per student. There is no charge for adult chaperones. Adults are responsible for supervising non-school age children.

Then & Now – Life in Olmsted County

Available: Fall

Suggested Audience: Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Standards Achieved: Then & Now Program Standards

Description: Students will compare daily life as a pioneer to daily life today while engaging in hands-on activities at the Hadley Valley Schoolhouse – like slate-writing and McGuffey’s Readers lessons – and skill & tool exploration at the William Dee Log Cabin.

American Indian History of Olmsted County

Available: Spring

Suggested Audience: 2nd & 5th grades

Standards Achieved: American Indian History Program Standards

Description: A museum tour, hands-on activities in the heritage garden, and American Indian games are all on the agenda on this school trip! Students will see some of the earliest artifacts from this area, and learn about how archaeologists use them to understand life long ago. They will explore Dakota culture with relevant games and will even be encouraged to challenge common stereotypes and understand that there are American Indians living and working in Olmsted County today.

Early Rochester History & Changes in Technology

Available: Spring

Suggested Audience: 3rd & 4th grades

Standards Met: Early Rochester & Technology Program Standards

Description: Students will discover the changes in agricultural, medical, and computer technologies that helped the city of Rochester grow. They will witness life as an immigrant via tours of an early stone cave house and an authentic German-style timber frame barn, exploration of mid-19th-century farming techniques, and education on some of the computer technologies developed and produced right here in Rochester.

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