Ida Hilke married Christian Sperber on June 18, 1901, at her parents home in Good Thunder. Their wedding announcement describes her as "a most estimable and accomplished young lady. She is a highly respected and attractive lady and possesses none but the warmest of friends." The groom as "a man of honor, industry and integrity."
Announcements like this were common through much of the twentieth century. To learn more about weddings, take in this month's Hubbard House Gaslight Series, come to History Bits & Bites, plus visit the Married in Style exhibit.
Scroll down to for BECHS' exhibits, monthly programs, and special activities.
Victorian Lawn Party
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1-4 p.m. at the Hubbard House
Join costumed characters at the Hubbard House for the 13th Annual Victorian Lawn Party. Games include Croquet, hoop and stick game and three-legged races. There will also be a dolly tea party, selfies with Victorian cut-outs and refreshments. All activities on the lawn are free; regular admission charged for tours of the Historic R. D. Hubbard House.
Hubbard House Gaslight Series: Wedding Woes and Whims
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. 606 South Broad Street, Mankato
Will Kate Hubbard's nuptials go on or will someone succeed in stopping them? Join costumed characters in the hunt for missing items while keeping an eye out for a possible wedding saboteur. Wedding or no wedding, enjoy a piece of cake before you go.
Admission: $8 for adults ($5 BECHS Members), $5 for children 5-17.
Awesome Women in History! BECHS Kid's History Day Camp
June 20-23, 9:30 a.m. - Noon each day at the History Center
Discover some of the awesome women who shaped American history at the BECHS Kid’s History Day Camp for Grades 2-5!
Women include Sacawegea, Amelia Bloomer, Susan B. Anthony, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Maud Hart Lovelace.
Learn something new each day about these women through stories, food and hands-on history activities.
Plus explore the History Center Museum and much more...
The day camp is $99/child or $89 for BECHS Members. Class size is limited to 15 children and open to kids who have just finished grades 2-5. Register by June 15!
Special Program The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota by Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle
Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. at the History Center
In partnership with Mankato's Lifelong Learners, BECHS welcomes Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle to share her book, The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota. Hatle will discuss activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota (including Mankato) and the lives and careers of the Klansmen who served in the public sphere after the "Invisible Empire" lost its foothold in Minnesota. She will also present information not included in the book and will have books available for purchase.
Free for members of BECHS and/or Lifelong Learners, $10 for non-members.
Last Chance: Married in Style: Blue Earth County Weddings
Open through July 1, 2017 at the History Center
The Blue Earth County Historical Society’s newest exhibit, Married in Style: Blue Earth County Weddings, features a display of wedding gowns and mementos from the museum’s collection, representing Blue Earth County residents from the 1800s through the 20th century. Bridal accessories showcased include headpieces, veils and shoes along with beautiful photographs. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
Last Chance: Recent Work by Brad and Ann Kronlokken Widness
Open through June 30, 2017 at the History Center
Brad’s images study the relationship between object, space and memory and the connections between the intangible and tangible realities of life. His work hopes to engage the spirit and mystery that lies at the core of our daily human existence.
Ann’s work intuitively imagines the soul’s path through a world full of challenges and unknowns. She hopes her work will provoke questions and perhaps even the desire to dig through the surface layer of daily life into what lies beneath.
June 15, Noon to 1 p.m., History Bits & Bites Wedding Traditions and Superstitions by Shelley Harrison, History Bit & Bites is on the third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. Hour-long presentations with different topics and presenters eachmonth.
Gardeners The gardens around the History Center are growing fast. Volunteers are needed to help with cleaning the flower beds, weeding and general upkeep. Flexible schedule and all gardening levels are welcome.