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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bernhagen, William R., 1940-. Oral History Interview, 2007

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Bernhagen, William R., 1940-. Oral History Interview, 2007.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 262

Bernhagen, William R., 1940-. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 262. 2 folders.


The William R. Bernhagen collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Bernhagen and Marsha Danielson in April 2007. In this interview, Bernhagen talks about his family, his education, and his career at Minnesota State University Mankato in University Advancement and as a faculty member in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the Tell Your MSU Story Oral History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

William R. Bernhagen was born September 11, 1940 in Appleton, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school he worked for a few years in the textile mills and joined the U.S. military for two years. He was the first in his family to go on to higher education and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1968, the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in planning in 1970, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974 with a doctoral degree in environmental planning and resource management. Bernhagen came to Mankato State University as a development officer in 1987. He also taught courses in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute for a few years before he retired in 2005. Bernhagen is married to Christine (Solberg) Bernhagen in 1967 and they have two children, Grant and Nissa.

This information was compiled by the interview with Bernhagen, his biography in the 2005 Retirement Luncheon Program and by his folder in the University Advancement collection, MSU ARC 200.


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:

Bernhagen, William R., 1940-. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 262, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


William R. Bernhagen donated this collection in April 24, 2007.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection September 2017.

Related Collections:

Visit the Tell Your MSU Story website for a list of all interviews completed as part of this project.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Bernhagen, William R., 1940-, interviewee.
Bernhagen, William R., 1940--Interviews.
Danielson, Marsha, interviewer.
College teachers.
Educational fund raising.
Mankato State University.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Oral history.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 262



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2007



Oral History Interview, Biographical information, 2007