LIFE: Learning is ForEver

A venture of Recreation & Leisure Services Department and Community & Family Education 

Grandparents and the Power of Play 

The Power of Play will highlight one of the most successful children’s museums in Minnesota. Play is essential in all human lives. Unfortunately, today children’s play is constrained by technology, structured activities, and “stranger danger,” among other impacts. This presentation will shed light on how the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is positively impacting children and how the museum can also benefit grandparents and their own opportunity to play. 

Louise Dickmeyer, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota 

Thu., Sep. 16, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219


Statue of Liberty: Two Decades of Effort, Almost Impossible Odds

The Statue of Liberty stands proudly in New York Harbor, but how did the Statue come to be? What does it symbolize? Join us for a compelling look at the idea, the construction and the meaning behind one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.  

David Jones, Historical Presenter

Tue., Sep. 28, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219


Nobel Conference 57: Big Data Revolution

How is big data changing our lives, and what challenges and opportunities does this transformation present? In less than a generation, we’ve witnessed nearly every piece of personal, scientific, and societal data come to be stored digitally. Stored information is both an intellectual and an economic commodity; it is used by businesses, governments, academics, and entrepreneurs. The velocity with which it accumulates and the techniques for leveraging it grow at a pace that is remarkable and often intimidating. But this revolution also promises hope, in areas as diverse as public health, drug development, child welfare, and climate change. 

Tue. & Wed., Oct. 5 & 6, Multiple times, Gustavus Adolphus College


Moving Charlie McCarthy          

In the late 1800s, Marysburg township farmer Charlie McCarthy was buried at the State Insane Asylum in Saint Peter. In 2010, the Generations Project of Brigham Young University chose McCarthy as a subject of a documentary examining the degrading account of a fateful trip from Saint Peter to Marysburg in which McCarthy lost his feet. This program debunks the accusations of the Saint Peter Tribune and shows the difficulties involved when the descendant’s family engaged Larry Kortuem to move Charlie’s grave from Saint Peter to join his wife in Marysburg. The program includes footage of the grave opening and reburial done in the standards of the 1800s. A fascinating story full of history! 

Larry Korteum, Historical Presenter

Wed., Oct. 27, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219

Minneopa: State Park History and Cemetery


Minneopa Cemetery of Mankato

The historic Minneopa Cemetery is the oldest continuously operating cemetery in Blue Earth County. Learn about the history and some of the people at Minneopa. 

Heather Harren, Blue Earth County Historical Society, Communications and Archives Manager

Tue., Nov. 9, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217


Minneopa State Park Story 

Established in 1905, Minneopa is the third oldest state park in Minnesota and well-known for its double waterfalls and Seppmann Mill. People have been gathering at the Minneopa waterfalls for hundreds of years including the Dakota who had villages along the creek. Learn about what makes Minneopa State Park special including its geology, history, watershed along with its plants and animals.

Tue., Nov. 16, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217