- By Kelley Luckstein
Mayo Clinic Celebrates Heritage Days, Oct. 6–10
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic’s annual Heritage Days celebration takes place Oct. 6–10, 2014. The events being held across the Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Florida, Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health System will recognize and thank all of the dedicated employees and volunteers who provide service to patients. This year’s events continue the yearlong commemoration of Mayo Clinic’s 150 years of serving humanity.
The event brings together exhibits, activities, talented performers and artisans to celebrate the arts, culture, history and community spirit of Mayo Clinic. All events are free and open to the public.
- Premiere of a new Heritage Film: “Our Father Taught Us / A Journey Toward Teamwork,” depicts the life of the young Mayo brothers, William J. and Charlie H., as they accompany their father, Dr. William W. Mayo, on a house call to a neighboring farm to perform a lifesaving operation. Unexpectedly, the brothers are called upon to help and learn firsthand the importance of teamwork, compassion, generosity and the other values which eventually become the Mayo Clinic Model of Care. The location and schedule of film showings can be found on the Sesquicentennial website, along with a preview of the film: http://150years.mayoclinic.org/events/heritage-days.php.
- An exhibit honoring the milestone anniversaries of several Mayo Clinic buildings will feature the 1914 Building (this year is the 100th anniversary of the building) and will include a miniature scale model of a 1914 Building exam room — a remarkable example of the integration of systems, design and medical practice that is still followed at Mayo Clinic today. This exhibit will be on display until Oct. 10 in the Mathews Grand Lobby of the Mayo Building.
- Midday entertainment will take place Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at five locations downtown and at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. Come and enjoy a variety of musical and dance performances, many featuring Mayo Clinic employees and community organizations. For a listing of events, please visit the Heritage Days’ website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/events-meetings/heritage-days
- Annenberg Plaza will feature the Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope™ and the 150th anniversary floral display, which is 7 feet tall and holds 308 pots of flowers used to create the design. Both are great backdrops for photos. The Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope™ was named in honor of the Sesquicentennial and is a living reminder of the spirit of healing and hope at Mayo Clinic.
- Journey back in time while visiting the vintage car show on Annenberg Plaza Monday through Thursday. A 1981 DeLorean, a stainless steel “gull-wing” sports car, which received iconic status as the “time machine” in the “Back to the Future” film trilogy will be on display. Also look for a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe, previously owned by the actor Clark Gable, which features a 346-cubic-inch V8 engine and was the last model design before the U.S. entered Word War II.
- Visit Mayo Clinic's Research Information Center in the Gonda Building Lobby on Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m., to hear from Mayo researchers Anthony Windebank, M.D., and Nathan Staff, M.D., Ph.D., about new stem cell research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig was a hall-of-fame baseball player for the New York Yankees who was diagnosed with ALS at Mayo Clinic in 1939. 2014 marks the three-year anniversary of the center, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Mayo Clinic
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, http://www.mayoclinic.org and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.