Heritage Days:  October 4 - 8, 2021

Heritage Days is a week-long event at Mayo Clinic locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System. Its mission is to thank employees and volunteers for their service to patients, and to present Mayo Clinic values and history as an inspiration for our work today. 

In alignment with Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 policies, most Heritage Days activities in 2021 are not open to the public.  However, you may want to take advantage of these opportunities.

Enjoy two new new Heritage Films:

"Lighting the Flame: The Origins of Mayo Clinic Health System -- Franciscan Healthcare."  

The story of the founding of two highly respected institutions in La Crosse, Wisconsin - St. Francis Hospital and the Skemp Clinic - and how they joined with Mayo Clinit to carry their tradition of skilled, compassionate care into the 21st century.    


Watch the Preview of the Film

"A Reputation for Caring: How Mayo Clinic Became Known in the World"  


Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie Mayo welcomed the opportunity to serve patients from around the world while seeking to protect their name from "quacks and fakers" who sought to exploit it.  This film shows how Mayo has often been in the headlines for important medical discoveries -- and also has popped up in movies, TV shows and social media in a unique blending of fact, fiction and fun.  Access the online preview below.  The full film will be available for viewing online beginning October 4.  

You are also invited to attend a special online showing of the film, followed by a discussion with members of the Heritage Films team, on Tuesday, October 5, at 12 noon CT.  Join us using this link. 


Watch the Preview of the Film



Other Heritage Days Events:

  • Mayo Clinic carillonneur Austin Ferguson will perform noon-hour carillon concerts daily during Heritage Days.  One of the best places to listen in Rochester is Annenberg Plaza, betwen the Mayo Building to the west and the Plummer and Siebens Buildings to the east.  Austin has selected a different theme each day:
    • Monday - A Carillonneur's Monday
    • Tuesday - A Bronze Menagerie
    • Wednesday - Carillon Pops
    • Thursday - Shall We Dance?
    • Friday - Disney Classics    

Learn more about the Rochester carillon and watch each concert live, no matter where you are!