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


  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Join us at the History Center for a guided discussion about the political events of the 1960s and offer your memories of important issues raised in our latest traveling exhibit, ​Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation​. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

    You are invited to an Artist Reception for Kay Herbst Helms’ photography exhibit, Images of Change.  A panel discussion entitled “Legacies and Cultures” will be held in conjunction with the exhibit.

    IMAGES OF CHANGE: Through images of hands and brief stories, photographer Kay Herbst Helms casts a lens on how resilient and courageous elders from diverse cultures have used their hands throughout their lifetime.  Countries represented include Egypt, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Vietnam and North America


    Legacies and Cultures Panel Discussion: Presenters from the VINE Literacy Center include a panel of elders from diverse countries along with Julie Hawker, Diversity Coordinator, of VINE. Some of the participating elders are also the subjects of Helms’ photographs. "Legacies and Cultures" will encourage panel and audience to speak of their special memories and cultures across generations.

    9:30 am. - 10:00am.  - Tea will be served. 

    10:00am. - 11:30am - Panel discussion

    11:30am. - 12:00 noon - Meet and mingle with presenters and audience while viewing the exhibit.

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Join us at the Blue Earth County History Center for a state of the society meeting with the election of new board members followed by a presentation by Pete Steiner titled "I think I Remember the 60s" to compliment our latest exhibit, ​Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation. ​Doors open at 1 p.m. to see the exhibits before the meeting at 2 p.m.

    Please RSVP by March 2 to ensure we have enough chairs and refreshments. 

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

    Love talking about history with fellow entusients? Come to the Remember When Coffee Club to discuss different topics each month. This month's topis is "Mankato Grows to Hilltop." Light refreshments provided. 

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    This year's theme is "Travels Through Time." Each month participants will explore technology, fashion, food, war and much more to see how times have changed through the 19th and 20th centuries. This month's topic will be "1970-1980: From Hippie to Yuppie."

    Please pre-register by March 8 to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone to

    Young Historians
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Join us for a Kid's Stained Glass workshop at the Blue Earth County Historical Society! Visit the Museum and be inspired to create a panel for a stained glass installation in the Discovery Lab. Explore the historical importance and meaning in the use of stained glass through a variety of media. This is an ongoing workshop that will take place each month after Young Historians. 

    The workshop is free, admission to the museum is $7/adults, $3/children 5-17, BECHS Members are free.

    Stained Glass
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch a learn a bit of History! This month, Sarfaa Hammouda Sallam and Hamad Sallam will talk about their journey from Egypt to the United States in a program titled "My Imagination to a New World." This program is in conjunction with our latest Art Gallery exhibition by Kay Herbst Helms, ​Images of Change