Artifact Collection

The three dimensional artifacts in BECHS's permanent collection consist of over 21,000 objects, preserving the broadest cultural representation of Blue Earth county history. The collection has evolved to reflect, document and illustrate the history and development of Blue Earth County's past. Most of the objects in our collection are donated by individuals and families, people who want to make sure Blue Earth County's story, and their own, are never forgotten. Please contact the Archives Manager if you would like to donate a family treasure.

Every object has a story…

Objects in the permanent collection include:

  • Clothing and items of personal use
  • Textiles such as quilts and blankets
  • Artwork
  • Household furnishing and furniture
  • Tools and equipment used in Agriculture
  • Tools and equipment used for communication such as music, photographic and telecommunications
  • Native American objects
  • Advertisement, promotional and documentary items
  • Recreational artifacts such as games, toys and sports equipment
  • Military uniforms, personal gear and equipment

    Access to the Collection

    BECHS Artifact collection is a “closed” collection, only  because we are unable to give you same day access.  In considering requests for access, BECHS must balance competing considerations such as the need to safeguard the collection and other demands on the staff.  While every effort is made to accommodate all reasonable requests, projects for study must be specific and visitors will limit themselves to the material requested.  Casual browsing and impromptu requests cannot be accommodated.

    The guidelines for access have been developed to facilitate the use of collections while maintaining the safety and security of the Society’s irreplaceable objects. For inquiries about access to BECHS’s artifact collection, please email