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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  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

    Love talking about History with others? We have just the place for you! Join us at the History Center for the Remember When Coffee Club. This month's topic is National Events that Affected Your Life. Bring your photos and memories and plan on having a fond time reminiscing. 

    Moon Landing Newspaper Headline
  • Thursday, October 5, 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, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

    The Deep Valley Book Festival connects writers with published authors and other experts in the field to share information, techniques, skills and resources.
    Participants sell books or book-related materials, and hand out marketing and promotional items that support their books. The festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to reach book lovers ready to buy their products or learn about their services. In addition to books and authors, there will be panel discussions, music, children’s activities, an antique car show, food vendors and more. The Deep Valley Book Festival gets it’s name from the setting of the beloved children’s books (Betsy-Tacy) written by Mankato-born author Maud Hart Lovelace and is free and open to the public.

    BECHS will be at the event, as well as receiving a portion of the event income.

    Visit http://www.mnheritage.com/BookFestival.html for more information.

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 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 "The Turn of the Century to the Roaring 20s."

    Please pre-register by October 12 to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone to Education@blueearthcountyhistory.com.

    Young Historians
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch and learn a bit of history! This month, Jim Gullickson and Mark Halvorson will discuss the "Music of the Times" in correlation with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Common Read Series. This year's book is ​Out of Chaos​ by James Nickerson. Water and coffee provided. 

    This book is available in the History Center Gift Shop. 

    Out of Chaos Book Cover
  • Thursday, October 19, 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.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Join us for the 31st Annual Ghosts From the Past, where characters from the past are brought to live through costumed characters. This year's program is titled: From Normal School to University: 150 Years of MSU, Mankato. 

    ​Guides will lead guests around the History Center to meet different "ghosts from the past." Performances begin every 15 minutes; last performace begins at 8 p.m.

    ​This event will take place over 2 nights only, so reserve your tickets early. Tickets go on sale October 15. 

    MSU Through the ages

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