Blue Earth County

Historical Society

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The Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS) is passionate about inspiring lasting connections. BECHS operates two locations. The History Center & Museum is open year round and welcomes visitors to explore our exhibits, research center and gift shop. The Historic R.D. Hubbard House invites guests to step back in time. This 16-room mansion is open seasonally for tours and for special events.
 
In addition to sharing and preserving history, BECHS has also written and published several books on a variety of topics from Blue Earth County’s rich past. Books are available at the History Center Gift Shop and in our online store. 
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The Remarkable Men of Garden City

In the late 19th  century, the small village of Garden City, Minnesota, was home to ten gifted, ambitious and remarkable men who went on to be significant contributors to modern day industry giants like Piper Jaffray, Archer Daniels Midland and GlaxoSmithKline.

Hubbards

R. D. Hubbard, local entrepreneur, became the founder of Hubbard Milling Company, the largest flour mill in Southern Minnesota. Hubbard built his home on South Broad Street in Mankato in 1871 where he raised three children. Meet the Hubbard family with stories, genealogies and photographs.

Fire!

Fire! is a collection of stories intended to show the primitive state of firefighting technology in the early days of Blue Earth County, the rapid advance of that technology over the next 65 years and the dedication of the firemen who labored against almost insurmountable odds to help their fellow citizens.

The Blue Earth County Historian: Articles Published 2001-2005

A collection of articles originally published in The Blue Earth County Historian from 2001-2005. Twenty stories cover a variety of topics from articles on innovation in teaching to biographical sketches of some remarkable people, from accounts of the development of local industry to stories of immigration from all parts of the world, and more.

The Blue Earth County Historian: Articles Published 2006-2010

A compilation of articles from the Blue Earth County Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, The Historian, from 2006 through 2010. Topics include mills and elevators; literature and photography; murder and gangsters.

The Blue Earth County Historian: Articles Published 2011-2015

A compilation of articles from the Blue Earth County Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, The Historian, from 2011 through 2015. Twenty different articles on a variety of local history topics.

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