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Historical Front Street is Revisited Through Exhibit

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A part of Mankato history is remembered this weekend with a special event.

The Blue Earth County Historical Society hosting a free weekend for everyone to reminisce on the glory days of Front Street.

In its hay day, Front Street was the heart of the city's shopping district.

After indoor shopping centers took over, the city decided to renovate the Riverfront area.

BEC Historical Society Executive Director, Jessica Potter says, "To Front Street basically it's hidden. Hidden under parking ramps and pedestrian walkways, and the Civic Center and the Mankato Mall. I mean when you're walking on the sidewalk, you are literally walking down the middle of Front Street."

Sections of the exhibit are left open, so anyone with items from that time period are encouraged to drop them off for the museum to showcase.

There's also an area for people to write their memories of the infamous strip. Potter says, "Although we're having our grand opening, it's not done by any means. I know that people are going to come in and it's going to evolve. Somebody's going to come in and have that one thing and going to tell another story. So we're purposely leaving parts of the exhibit blank with the idea that it will evolve and the story will continue to grow."

The historical society has been piecing this exhibit together since 2009.

The museum is free to the public this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

They will also be hosting a free car show on Saturday!