A new way to learn history

In 2020, BECHS began a Podcast with KTOE, a radio station based out of Mankato, Minnesota. You can listen to past episodes below!

Episode 36: Minneopa State Park
Original Air Date: July 17, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore Minneopa State Park.

Episode 35: Yaeger School House
Original Air Date: July 10, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the mystery of the Yaeger Schoolhouse in Rapidan Township.

Episode 35: Green Gables Tornado of 1946
Original Air Date: June 19, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore Blue Earth County’s deadliest tornado: the 1946 Green Gable Tornado.

Episode 34: Mankato Hospitals
Original Air Date: June 12, 2021

Today, we will explore the history of our local hospitals that have been serving the area for over 130 years.

Episode 33: Madison Lake Resorts
Original Air Date: June 5, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the early history of Madison Lake resorts.

Episode 32: 1965 Flood
Original Air Date: April 12, 2021

Today, we will look back at the historic Flood of 1965.

Episode 31: Victory Highway
Original Air Date: April 5, 2021

Today, we will explore the history of how this stretch of State Highway between Mankato and Mapleton is also known as Victory Highway.

Episode 30: Typhoid Fever
Original Air Date: March 29, 2021

Today, we will explore the Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1908.

Episode 29: Blue Earth County Historical Society
Original Air Date: March 8, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the history of the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

Episode 28: Seppman Mill
Original Air Date: March 1, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the history of Seppman Mill.

Episode 27: James Tinkcom
Original Air Date: February 15, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the area of James Avenue (aka Tinkcomville) and Stoltzmann Road.

Episode 26: Mount Kato
Original Air Date: February 8, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the history of a local landmark: Mount Kato also known as SkiHaven

Episode 25: Marian Anderson
Original Air Date: February 1, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the life, the story of Mankato’s very own nationally-acclaimed artist, Marian Anderson.

Episode 24: Honeymead Oil SPill
Original Air Date: January 25, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore one of Minnesota’s largest oil spill, the Honeymead Oil Spill of January 1963.

Episode 23: Mankato Post Office and Federal Courthouse
Original Air Date: January 18, 2021

In today’s program, we will explore the history of a local landmark: the Mankato Post Office and Federal Courthouse.

Episode 22: Prohibition, Moonshine and Gangsters
Original Air Date: November 2, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore Prohibition, Gangsters, a Shady Lady and a drunk carp.

Episode 21: Mankato Street Names Pt. 2
Original Air Date: October 26, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore Mankato Street Names based on some of our very first settlers and the impact they had on the budding community. Part 2

Episode 20: Mankato Street Names Pt. 1
Original Air Date: October 19, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore Mankato Street Names based on some of our very first settlers and the impact they had on the budding community. Part 1

Episode 19: Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
Original Air Date: October 12, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the mystery steps near Thompson Ravine that stand in memory of Rural Grove Cemetery and Pioneer Memorial Cemetery on North 6th Street; the location of one of our City’s heritage plaques. 

Episode 18: Remarkable Men of Garden City
Original Air Date: October 5, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the remarkable story of remarkable men of Garden City. 

Episode 17: Maud Hart Lovelace
Original Air Date: September 14, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the history of the Maud Hart Lovelace, the beloved Besty-Tacy series of children’s novels and the two local homes dedicated to the memory of the author and books.

Episode 16: Hubbard House
Original Air Date: September 7, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the history of the Historic R.D. Hubbard House: the home, the family and the mill; all woven in the rich history of Mankato.

Episode 15: Blue Earth County Courthouse
Original Air Date: August 31, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the history of the Historic Blue Earth County Courthouse: the history of a prominent building filled with over a century of stories from the top to the bottom.

Episode 14: Ellerbe Building
Original Air Date: August 24, 2020

In today’s program, we will explore the history of the Ellerbe Building: the history of a prominent building in our downtown with a vibrant past that continues to serve as a community gathering space today.

Episode 13: Women’s History Month: Education
Original Air Date: March 30, 2020

In today’s program as will explore the story of two women that made history in education.  Sarah Jane Hanna shaped our community by leading the first school here in 1863.  And Julia Sears was the first of many women to have leadership roles in higher education.

Episode 12: Women’s History Month: Law and Politics
Original Air Date: March 23, 2020

In today’s program, we will recognize some of the women that made local history in law and politics. Charlotte Farrish, Sarah Christie Stevens to Najwa Massad; all of these women challenged traditional gender roles and followed their passions to make our community a better place to live.

Episode 11: Women’s History Month: Women’s Suffrage
Original Air Date: March 16, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of the 19th Amendment and the League of Women Voters.

Episode 10: First Presbyterian Church
Original Air Date: March 9, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of First Presbyterian Church and the 1857 bell hidden in plain sight.

Episode 9: Sibley Park World War I Plaque
Original Air Date: March 2, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history behind a special heritage plaque at Sibley Park honoring our county’s World War I servicemen and women and one local woman’s lasting legacy to support veterans.

Episode 8: Spanish Influenza
Original Air Date: Feburary 24, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the Spanish Flu Pandemic that ravaged the world from 1918-1920.

Episode 7: Riverfront Park
Original Air Date: Feburary 17, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of Riverfront Park – the history of place, a city park along the River, from a Captains of Industry and Innovation to today’s premier event venue. 

Episode 6: Highland Park
Original Air Date: Feburary 10, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of Highland Park – the history of place, a city park on a hill, from a Civil War recruitment center to a Tourist Camp, to today’s neighborhood park. 

Episode 5: Tourtellotte Park
Original Air Date: Feburary 3, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of Tourtellotte Park: the history of a place, a city park, a pool, all named after Mankato’s first philanthropist. 

Episode 4: Sibley Park
Original Air Date: January 27, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history Sibley Park – the history of place, a city park, a gathering place for all ages, from horse races to Mutt and Jeff, to today’s Kiwanis Holiday Lights.

Episode 3: Washington Park
Original Air Date: January 20, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history of Washington Park – the history of a place, a city park that one housed a railroad line and depot, Mankato’s first schools and churches; and today serves as a recreational space for a vibrant neighborhood.

Episode 2: Lincoln Park
Original Air Date: January 13, 2020

In today’s program we will explore the history Lincoln Park – the history of place, a city park that honors the men and women that fought in the Civil War, was home to our first Mankatoan to serve as Governor and one of the largest neighborhood of historic properties on the National Register.

Episode 1: 1920 Mankato Winter Carnival
Original Air Date: January 6, 2020

In today’s program we will discover an incredible community event that happened right here 100 year ago – the 1920 Mankato Winter Carnival.

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