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Women’s History | Women of Mayo Clinic, Virginia Wright-Peterson

March 25 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 11:00 am

March is Women’s History Month!
In celebration of Women’s History, we will have local author, Virginia M. Wright-Peterson sharing information about the important and historical women of the Mayo Clinic.

Come hear the stories of five women who helped create the Mayo Clinic!

All programs are included with museum admission.
This presentation is designed for family members of all ages.

About the Book
Women have made instrumental contributions throughout history. Many of their stories have not been shared. The story of how the Mayo brothers and their father established an internationally renowned medical center in the middle of the prairies of Minnesota has become almost legend, but few people know the untold stories of the capable, intrepid women who contributed to Mayo Clinic’s founding and success.

Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation traces the fascinating stories of more than forty women — mothers, sisters, wives, physicians, Franciscan Sisters, nurses, librarians, secretaries, a janitress, an interpreter, a sculptor, and others — who were instrumental in establishing the medical center despite disease, war, and the hardships of pioneer life encountered in the remote Midwest from the 1850s to 1943. Mayo Clinic would not be the medical center that it is today without the contributions of these women. These inspirational stories trace the evolution of a great medical center and provide insight in how these women were able to be so successful.

About the Author
Virginia Wright-Peterson, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, worked in administrative capacities for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Arizona for seventeen years and has taught English and humanities for fourteen years, including as a Fulbright Scholar in Algeria. She also deployed with the American Red Cross and served on a military base in Iraq. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is currently on the writing faculty at University of Minnesota Rochester. Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation is her first book. She is currently researching contributions made by women in the Midwest during World War II for a possible second book.


March 25 @ 10:00 am
March 26 @ 11:00 am
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Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester
1643 N Broadway Street, Suite A
Rochester, MN 55906 United States

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