Museum Studies Student Exhibit at the Blue Earth County Historical Society

Thursday, May 4, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Blue Earth County Historical Society 424 Warren St Mankato, MN 56001

Thirteen students enrolled in a museum studies course at Minnesota State University, Mankato are holding a free public reception to celebrate a semester of work helping update museum exhibits.

The central focus of the class has been to provide students professional experiences in a museum setting in what has been the first cooperative effort between the Blue Earth County Historical Society and the University’s Department of Art & Design.
During the course, enrolled students are conducting object research and interpretive writing as well as developing promotional materials. For their term project, students were asked to develop dream plans for updating the exhibits in the gallery.

With guidance from their Minnesota State Mankato instructor and Blue Earth County Historical Society staff, the students’ plans were scaled to manageable three-month projects that enhance several permanent displays and experiential museum spaces. The students have developed effective ways to update and reinstall permanent display cases, paying careful attention to those related to Blue Earth County’s Native American artifacts.

The class has been documenting its journey and will showcase its work at the public reception.


Alisa Eimen