Quick, what new October tradition does the History Center celebrate? That’s right, the Creepy Doll Contest. They are back and this year they’re going to help us rescue Halloween from Covid-19. Read below to learn about all the new ways to get involved in phenomena that swept the internet last year. Another way we are keeping Covid-19 from shutting us down is by bringing the Mayowood Mansion dining room to the History Center. Visit our exhibit space to get a taste of how Edith and Dr. Charlie’s family sat down for dinner.

You, our members and friends, have been so generous with the History Center this year. I want to ask for a bit more of your time so you can tell us your opinion in a survey at the link below. Jan Cotroneo, whose first job was at HCOC in the mid-1970s, is a marketing professional who has volunteered to help us sharpen our marketing efforts. She developed this survey for us for that purpose. Please take a moment to click on the link and complete the survey.

I hope you enjoy October and, if you haven’t yet, experienced the creepy sensation, be sure to check out the Creepy Doll fun!

Wayne Gannaway
Executive Director
The eerie Creepy Dolls have risen once more to save Halloween 2020 from stay-at-home boredom! 9 new doll contestants from the History Center’s museum collection compete to win the October 2020 Creepy Doll Contest. To help fans everywhere participate in the fun, the History Center is adding a Creepy Doll Costume Pageant and Creepy Doll Cocktail Party.

CHOOSE YOUR WAY TO VOTE...
Cast your vote by clicking “like” on your favorite creepy doll posts!
Instagram: @olmstedhistorycenter

OR SEE THE DOLLS "LIVE" AT THE HISTORY CENTER AND CAST AN IN-PERSON VOTE BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST! 
Museum open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Admission $5 adults, $2 children. Admission includes access all museum exhibits, archives, and grounds.
DON'T MISS SEEING THE CREEPY DOLL CONTEST WINNER CROWNED LIVE AT THE VIRTUAL CREEPY DOLL COCKTAIL PARTY.
Live music, spooky cocktails, and an interview with the winning doll live on Halloween Night from 6-8pm! Details at: https://creepydolls.olmstedhistory.com/
Are YOU the 2020 Creepy Doll?
  Find out by entering the Creepy Doll Costume Pageant!
    

A Taste Mayowood During the Pandemic

As Mayowood is closed due to Covid, we are sharing some Mayowood artifacts with you at HCOC. Place settings are a few items on display used by Dr. Charlie and Dr. Chuck at Mayowood.
Items can be seen at the History Center
Tues-Sat 9-5pm.
From the Post Office to the History Center
The chandelier is from the Rochester Post Office designed by Harold Crawford. The chandelier was originally lit when it was moved to the History Center but over time all of the lightbulbs burned out. For the first time in many years the bulbs have been replaced and the chandelier has been restored. In addition to the chandelier the mural and the two large buffalo heads in the Sertoma Room are also from the Post Office. 
The HCOC property calendar fills up fast for those fall photos~
Have your photographer reserve a date to enjoy a colorful autumn backdrop with historic buildings and beautiful gardens. 507-282-9447
1195 West Circle Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Phone Number:
 507-282-9447