Friday, October 01, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. William J. Mayo's profound statement, "The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered." This statement has become the guiding value for Mayo Clinic, as important today as it was a century ago. Heritage Days 2010 honors this event with the theme "Words We Live By." Residents of the Rochester community are encouraged to attend the numerous events happening during Heritage Days, Oct. 4-8.
A dedication ceremony for a volume of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible will be held on Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m., in the Francis Tower Lobby of Saint Marys Hospital. The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten and hand-illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type more than 500 years ago. Benefactors Stephen and Barbara Slaggie graciously donated the seven-volume Heritage Edition, which is an exact reproduction of The Saint John's Bible, to Mayo Clinic.
Annenberg Plaza will feature two vintage automobiles that are part of Mayo's history: Chrysler Imperial automobiles (1957 and 1964) owned by Dr. Charles W. (Chuck) and Alice Mayo. Dr. Chuck's 1957 Chrysler convertible has been restored by a private collector to showroom quality and includes many special features such as a built-in phonograph. The 1964 Chrysler sedan, which is in its original condition, is frequently displayed at Mayowood and is owned by the History Center of Olmsted County. The vehicles will be on display Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., weather permitting.
At several locations on the Rochester campus, midday musical concerts and dance performances are planned Monday through Friday, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Commemorative displays featuring significant anniversaries highlighting Mayo's history can be viewed in Mathews Grand Lobby in the Mayo Building.
This year, Heritage Days presents two original films. Both films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5; Wednesday, Oct. 6; and Thursday, Oct. 7 in Geffen Auditorium in the subway level of the Gonda Building.
An Ice Cream Social will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, 2 to 4 p.m., at the following locations:
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