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!

Surrounded By History is on a temporary hiatus during the COVID-19 period. We will be back as soon as we can with more podcasts!

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

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

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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