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Blue Earth County History

Blue Earth County History
Since 1901, the Blue Earth County Historical Society has held the tradition of collecting, preserving and presenting Blue Earth County’s rich heritage.

Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS)

The Blue Earth County Historical Society operates the Heritage Center Museum, Research Center and Museum Store as well as the Historic R.D. Hubbard House in Mankato. Blue Earth County’s past and present landscape include major waterways like the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers, abundant agricultural land with a foundation set on the limestone industry as witnessed in the three photos in our header. Learn more about the history of Blue Earth County. Go>

Hubbard House

In 1871 R.D. Hubbard, entrepreneur and founder of Hubbard Milling, began building his home in a classic Victorian style. The house was one of Mankato’s finest and was one of the first to have a telephone, indoor plumbing, electricity and the most modern conveniences of the time. The family lived in the home until the 1930s when it was purchased by the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Tours are available seasonally. Learn more about the Hubbard House. Go>

Blue Earth County Historical Society Heritage Center

The Blue Earth County Historical Society Heritage Center is the home of the Society’s History Museum, Research Center, Book and Gift Shop, and administrative offices. Explore the rich heritage of Blue Earth County in the History Museum featuring Native American tools and artifacts; people, places and event that shaped our history; and an interactive children’s area with a pioneer cabin. The Research Center has extensive collection of books, photographs and manuscripts regarding Blue Earth County’s history. The Book and Gift Shop is stocked with souvenir items, state and local history books, art by local artists, reproduction toys, collectibles and archival supplies. Learn more about the Blue Earth County Historical Society Heritage Center. Go>