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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato Garden Club Papers, 1934 - 1978

Page address:

Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato Garden Club. Papers, 1934 - 1978.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1274

Mankato Garden Club. Papers, 1934 - 1978. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1274. 1 records center carton.


This collection consists of items pertaining to the Mankato Garden Club. Included in the collection are financial records, membership lists, annual reports, constitutions and by-laws, and meeting minutes for the group. Also included are scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, printed informational material, photographs, and annual programs from the group. The scrapbooks contain various newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs from events held by the Mankato Garden Club. The records of the Victory Memorial Highway project, which was initiated by the Mankato Garden Club, are also included in the collection.

Historical Note:

The Mankato Garden Club was organized in February 1934, and was the first garden club in Mankato, Minnesota. Original membership included both men and women at the beginning, but after 1935 only women are listed on the membership lists. The organization has held monthly meetings since 1934, at which members and guests present programs related to horticulture. The organization is affiliated with the Minnesota Horticulture Society and the Mankato Council of Garden Clubs.

In 1944, the Mankato Garden Club originated and initiated the plan to name and beautify "Victory Highway", a nine mile stretch of Highway 22 south of Mankato, in honor of Mankato area men and women who served in World War II. Members of the club obtained signatures from eighty-five percent of the farmers along the route to ban billboards in the area. They sold trees to area individuals and businesses to honor those who had served. The Minnesota Highway Department agreed to plant and maintain the trees. The project included a recreational area one half mile south of the Le Sueur River crossing. A plaque containing the names of more than 2250 men and women for whom the trees were purchased was placed in the Blue Earth County Courthouse in Mankato.

Information obtained from the collection.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Mankato Garden Club. Papers, 1934 - 1978. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1274, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Mrs. Donald Swenson donated this collection in June 1978.

Processed By:

Steve Potts processed this collection in June 1986. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell November 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about the Mankato Garden Club available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mankato Garden Club-Mankato (Minn.).
Mankato (Minn.) - Societies and Clubs.
Victory Memorial Highway-Blue Earth County (Minn.)

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1274



Annual Programs, 1946 – 1952, 1954 – 1964, 1968, 1970, 1972 – 1974, 1977 – 1978



Cashbook, 1934 – 1960



Minutes, 1955 – 1966



Miscellaneous club records, undated and 1934 - 1977



Miscellaneous Publications



Newspaper clippings, undated



Photographs, ca. 1952



Printed informational material, undated and 1953 – 1972



Scrapbook, 1934 – 1938



Scrapbook, 1935 – 1952



Scrapbook, 1939 – 1945



Scrapbook, 1952 – 1974



Victory highway project records, 1948 – 1966