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Student, Faculty Research on Women of Distinction on Display in County Library

Traveling historical exhibit on display at Blue Earth County Library until Aug. 1.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-16-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Students and faculty from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of History conducted research for a traveling historical exhibit, titled “Mankato’s Leading Women: The Women of Distinction Award in Historical Perspective,” that is currently on display in the Blue Earth County Library, located at 100 E. Main St. in Mankato, until Aug. 1.

The exhibit comprises four standing banners that document the history of the YWCA Mankato’s Women of Distinction Award and its effect on the greater Mankato community. The Women of Distinction Award is an honor presented annually since 1973 by the YWCA Mankato to two to three prominent women in the community.

In conducting their research, students and faculty interviewed previous honorees and analyzed material housed in the University’s archives.

The traveling exhibit documents interviews and research conducted to date and intends to help educate the community on the project.

The women of distinction research project is ongoing. Community members with an interest in participating in the research, as either an interviewer or an award honoree, may contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or by email at

For more information about the historical exhibit, contact Angela Jill Cooley, assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, by phone at 507-389-1248 or by email at

The exhibit was made possible by grants from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Minnesota State Mankato and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Traverse de Sioux Library Cooperative.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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