Events, Programs and Exhibits

Here are the upcoming events, programs and exhibits from the Blue Earth County Historical Society. For more information about admission and location, click on the event. Click here for our full calendar of events


  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    In partnership with Lifelong Learners, BECHS welcomes Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle to present on her book The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota.  Hatle will discuss activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota (including in Mankato) and the lives and careers of Klansmen who served in the public sphere after the "Invisible Empire" lost its foothold in Minnesota. She will also present information not included in the book and will have books available for purchase. 

    Free for members of BECHS and Lifelong Learners, $10 for non-members either organization.

    Book Cover of KKK In MN
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

    The St. John's Bible is the first handwritten illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. Discover the beauty and splendor of this rare book featured in this traveling exhibit. 

    Page from the St. John's Bible from the Library of Congress
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

    Love talking about the past with fellow history enthusiasts? Jois us at the Blue Earth County Historical Society to do just that with the Remember When Coffee Club. This month's topic is Parks, Picnics and Food. Bring you basket full of memories and plan on having a grand time. Refreshments provided.

    Picnic in Mankato
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Tim Ternes is the director of The Saint John’s Bible and of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and will present “From Inspiration to Illumination: An Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible.” Through video, reproductions and rich visual images, participants are guided through the story of The Saint John’s Bible. Guests will learn about the processes, tools, methods and materials behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible, as well as explore several artworks through guided imagery discussions. Participants also get to handle vellum samples and a quill, and see large a reproduction of an entire volume after the presentation.
    This exhibit was made possible through support by St. John's Episcopal Church, Mankato.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

    See the Hubbard House in a new light! This month, we will look back at the Veterans that served from Blue Earth County from the American Civil War through World War II. Costumed characters will explain more about their roles in each of the wars.

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch and learn a bit of history. This month, Tim Pulis is presenting on the History of the Mankato Street Railway. Coffee and water provided.

    Horse Drawn Street Car
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Awesome Women In History!

    Kids are invited to travel with us through time and meet some amazing women who helped shape history. Through multiple days of engaging activities, stories, food and more, they will learn about some of the awesome women who made a big difference in the world. Call 507-345-5566 or visit the History Center to reserve your spot. 

    The day camp is $99/child or $89 for BECHS Members. Class size it limited to 15 children and open to kids who have just finished grades 2-5.

    Click here to register!