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

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  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    The Blue Earth County Historical Society welcomes you to view The Saint John's Bible during this special "after services" hours. 

    Beginning in 1996, the community of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, began planning and working on The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in five hundred years. The work of creating the Bible involved countless hours of meetings, artist studio time and financial support of almost 1,400 individual donors. On May 9, 2011, the last word of the Bible was penned, bringing the almost 15-year production phase to completion.

    This unique undertaking combines a tradition of craftsmanship with the latest capabilities of computer technology and electronic communication. The words are handwritten on vellum (calfskin) using hand-cut quills fashioned from turkey, swan or goose feathers, and ancient inks hand-ground from natural minerals and stones such as lapis lazuli, malachite, and vermillion. The pages are illuminated with the brilliance of 24-karat gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. The complete work includes 1,127 handwritten pages over 7 books and over 160 major artworks.

    The Blue Earth County Historical Society will host a reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible. On display at the History Center will be a replica of the volume containing Gospels and Acts as well as 25 framed prints of artwork from all of the illustrated volumes. This exhibition was made possible by generous support from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mankato. St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mankato was founded in 1866 and continues to reside on the corner of Warren and Broad Streets in Mankato. 

    Saint John's Bible Exhibit
  • 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!

  • Wednesday, August 16, 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!

  • Thursday, August 17, 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!

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch and learn a bit of history! This month, Brad Coulter, graphic designer at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will present "The Form of Letters." Coffee and water will be provided.

  • Friday, August 18, 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!

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Come one, come all! Step right up as the medicine show rolls into town once again! The Cherry Sisters will once again take the stage along with Violet McNeal and others. Between shows, take in the other festivities such as palm readings, ouija boards, sword dancers and more. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.

    All events on the lawn are free, regular admission charged for tours of the Hubbard House.

    Characters portraying the Cherry Sisters

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