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, September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch and learn a bit of history! The Minnesota Welsh Association will be at BECHS to discuss their annual Welsh Hymn Festival held the Sunday after this presentation. Learn more about the tradition of music with the Welsh during this great presentation.

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Wonder why your car is making the sounds it is? Is your check engine light on but not flashing? Join us at the Blue Earth County Historical Society for our automotive fix-it clinics taught by Larry Kortuem. 

    Kortuem is a retired instructor from South Central College where he taught automotive classes. Over the four different classes, Kortuem will cover a variety of different car fixes that can be done from your own garage. The classes will start with the basics of battery care and work through codes and preparing your car for winter.  Kortuem will present on the topic, then answer questions as participants have them.

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Throughout 2017 and 2018, Minnesota State University, Mankato will be celebrating its 150 Anniversary and the Historical Society is excited to be a part of the celebration. This exhibit will feature photographs and artifacts featuring noteworthy individuals  and places on campus as well as fun facts and stories about the college and student life.

    Exhibit opening Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.

    MSU Through the ages
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Find your clogs, saddle shoes, or sneakers for this nostolgic walking tour of lower campus. This walking tours bring visitors psat many of the building you loved, or hated, to visit while a student at Mankato State Teacher's College, Mankato State College or Mankato State University. After the tour, visit the History Center to see our new exhibit ​Celebrating MSU 150 Years

    Lower Campus, 1950s
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Visit the History Center to meet the artist who have painted our latested exhibit ​A Brush of Fresh Air​. The Outdoor Leisure Painters are Gerry Tostenson, Margie Larson, Martha Elchert, Nina Preheim and Marjie Laizure. Stop in to meet these ladies and see their exhibit, on display now through September 30. 

    Works from the Outdoor Leisure Painters
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

    Help create a stained glass window to decorate the Discovery Lab. Students will learn about historic churches in Blue Earth County while recreating portions of their windows. 

    sample of a stained glass window
  • Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

    Watch the Outdoor Leisure Painters create scenes of Minneopa Falls. Learn more about Minneopa State Park, outdoor painting and Artist Robert Duncanson. There will also be activities for kids provided by BECHS and the Minnesota DNR. 

    A park pass is needed to get into the Park for the day, the events at Minneopa State Park are free.