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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission Activity Report, 1975 - 1976

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission Activity Report, 1975 - 1976.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 159

Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission Activity Report, 1975 - 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 159. Two volumes.


This collection contains the records of the Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission. The commission was set up to coordinate Mankato's city observances of the United States' Bicentennial in 1976. These records include the minutes of their meetings, correspondence, newspaper articles on the celebration, and other miscellaneous notes on the preparations. Some of the events that are discussed are the Bicentennial Parade, the drafting of a Bicentennial Logo, and the planning of the Bicentennial Pageant and Fireworks display.

Historical Note:

The Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission met twenty times during the period from April 9, 1975 to December 27, 1976. The commission supported many national bicentennial observances in the Greater Mankato area.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains the complete records of the projects completed by the Mankato Area Bicentennial Commission, which are divided into two volumes.

Volume one contains the minutes of the meetings held by the Commission. Also included in this volume is some miscellaneous correspondence. Among these letters are some containing Mankato citizens' ideas for the celebration, the responses by the commission, and a tentative schedule for the events.

Volume two outlines the various steps that were taken to organize the bicentennial events. Included in this volume are the letters sent informing Mankato city leaders that Mankato had been named a "bicentennial city". Also included are the minutes of several committees, including the Parade committee, and the committees that planned the Mankato bicentennial logo and Lincoln Elm ceremony, the town meeting, the pageant, and fireworks. Newspaper articles and press releases about events during the celebration are also included in the various sections of the text.


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 Area Bicentennial Commission Activity Report, 1975 - 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 159, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


The Mankato Bicentennial Commission donated this collection on January 24, 1977.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in April of 1977.
Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000.

LCSH Subject Headings:

American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976 - Minnesota - Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 159



Commission Activity Report Volume 1:



Commission Activity Report Volume 2: