Providing a modern approach to preserving and sharing history about Blue Earth County, our Research Center is home to local and family history for historians and genealogists. Explore our online archives or visit the Research Center to uncover your family’s heritage within this county.
Tues-Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Children 5-17: $3.00, Children under 5: Free
BECHS Members: Free
- Newspaper clipping files from the 1860s through today, arranged by topic or family name
- Microfilmed newspapers from 1857 through 2006 (small town papers) or 2009 (Mankato Free Press)
- Over 18,000 photographs
- City directories dating back to the 1870s
- Yearbooks from Blue Earth County schools dating back to about 1900
- History books related to Blue Earth County and Southern Minnesota; some in relation to world events
- Numerous family histories
- A variety of first-hand business records and personal accounts in the Archives
- Comprehensive obituary archives and cemetery indexes
Please consult staff to learn more about what is available.
Discover BECHS’ new Finding Aids.
Learn more about the different collections available to view
in the Research Center.
Discover BECHS’ new Online Research Indexes.
Search Obituaries, Marriage Announcements, Wills and much more.
Researchers can order records directly from the Indexes to be received by email in the following days.