Mankato Historical Society

Find Mankato Minnesota historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.

Blue Earth County Historical Society 415 East Cherry Street Mankato MN 56001 507-345-5566

Blue Earth Historical Society 606 South Broad Street Mankato MN 56001 507-345-4154

About Mankato Historical Societies

Mankato Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Mankato, MN. Historical Societies in Mankato encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Mankato Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Mankato historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Mankato Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Mankato public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Mankato organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from historical archives.

Local Mankato History

Minnesota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Mankato Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Mankato historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Mankato and Minnesota state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Mankato Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Mankato Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Mankato museums and educational programs, and a local Minnesota government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Mankato Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of MN historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Mankato genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Mankato events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.