University Releases Book on 150-Year History of Minnesota State Mankato

“Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History,” was written by William E. Lass.

September 11, 2018 | Announcement

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will celebrate the release of a book on its 150-year history Thursday, Sept. 13 from 2-3 p.m. in the Marilyn J. Lass Center for Minnesota Studies, located on the second floor of the University’s Memorial Library.

The book, titled “Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History,” was written by William E. Lass, a professor emeritus of history at Minnesota State Mankato.

Lass will attend Thursday’s event, and there will be a short program and refreshments available. The event is open to the public. Books (hard cover) will be available for sale at the event for $29.99 plus tax. Ordering information is also available here.

“Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History” follows the development of the University from its first 27 students pursuing two-year diplomas in 1868 to the almost 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in 2018.

The highly readable and thoroughly illustrated book is extensively researched. It covers in details the development of academic programs, the physical campus, University leadership and faculty, as well as student life.

William E. Lass taught history at Minnesota State Mankato for more than 40 years (1960-2002), worked on many campus committees and served as Department of History faculty chair. He was the founding director of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center and University Archives.

Lass has written 10 previous books, 40 journal articles and 237 book chapters, dictionary/encyclopedia entries and book reviews.

“Minnesota State University, Mankato 1868-2018: A Sesquicentennial History” was designed and printed by Minnesota State University, Mankato Printing Services. It was published by Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For more information, contact Daardi Mixon, interim dean of library services, by phone at 507-389-5953 or by email at

Oct. 7, 2018, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Mankato State Normal School and the start of 150 years for Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato began celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017, and the University’s 18-month sesquicentennial celebration will culminate Oct. 7.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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