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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Tuesday, September 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Special Event: Tour of New SPAM Museum

Location:  Downtown Austin, MN

Here is the schedule:
Leave Mankato at 9 a.m.
     Tour the Spam Museum from 10:30 to noon
     Dine at The Old Mill from noon to 1:30
     Tour the Austin Art Works Center from 1:30 to about 3:00
     Return home with spam and art?

The word is you can buy a case of 36 different kinds of spam made to meet
the taste and culture of the 36 different countries they export to for $ 33.00
– sounds fun!


There is no member limit for this tour. Please register by sending your $5
check labeled SPAM TOUR to the office by Friday, September 7.


Or, pay with your credit card by registering online  CLICK HERE


We will car pool again. Please let us know if you can be one of the drivers
or if you need to ride by emailing or calling the office.

Volunteer drivers, we will really appreciate you.

NOBEL CONFERENCE 54:  Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 & 3, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter


Online conference details:

Tickets Sales Closed

Discount ticket orders with payment must be received at the Lifelong Learners office by
Friday, August 10

Note: Tickets are limited to current members only; guests are NOT eligible. Lifelong Learners members purchasing tickets at this special price must sit in the designated reserved section.

NO REFUNDS, unless the event is cancelled.

Tickets will be mailed the first week of September.





Tom Hanson




After speaking in recent weeks at Foreign Policy conferences in Europe


Tom spoke in Mankato the last three years on Foreign Policy and Future Worldwide Developments.


His 2018 address will focus on the U.S. Election and its effect on U.S. Foreign Policy.


 Question and Answer to follow presentation

Tom Hanson is:

  • A 25-year veteran with U.S.Foreign Service
  • Worldwide speaker on Foreign Policy
  • Chair, Minnesota Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Diplomat in Residence, Alworth Institute for Internatinal Affairs, UM, Duluth
  • Co-chair, China Asia Business Association


Free parking in the Visitor's Lot across the street from Centennial Student Union on MSU Mankato campus - one block north of Stadium Road on Ellis Avenue

For more information, contact our office at (507) 389-2011.  Office hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to noon.


Sponsored by Mary Jo Surprenanat with support from Community Bank


 This Event is Free to Everyone




For information on special events or to be added to our mailing list send an e-mail message to: or call (507) 389-2011.

GUESTS accompanied by members are WELCOME at Special Events and do not need to pay the $25 annual membership fee (space permitting), with the exception of the The Nobel Conference which is only open to members.  Non-member (guest) fee may apply.

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact LIfelong Learners at 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 30 days prior to the event.

Membership is valid for one year.

  • $25 single
  • $45 per couple
  • $130 bundle for a single plus 4 quarters of presentations
  • $250 bundle for a couple plus 4 quarters of presentations

Register Here

Refund Policy: There are no refunds unless an event is canceled by Mankato Area Lifelong Learners.