Heritage Days:  October 3 - 7, 2022

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 2022 are not open to the public.  However, you may want to take advantage of these opportunities.

Enjoy a new Heritage Film:

"Finding Substance X: The Team That Created Cortisone"  

In April of 1949, the world learned of one of the landmarks of 20th century medicine. A new drug developed at Mayo Clinic had been given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The astonishing results were captured on film. Patients who could barely walk were seen moving with ease after only a few days of treatment. It was the result of a 20-year collaboration between an innovative chemist, a dedicated physician and their colleagues. This film tells the intriguing story of their search for a mysterious hormone that ultimately led to new hope for patients, an important new class of medications and the Nobel Prize.  


Finding Substance X: The Team That Created Cortisone

Enjoy this preview. The full film is now available for viewing here.  


You are also invited to attend a special online event: 

Mayo Clinic History of Medicine Society

Tuesday, October 4
6 p.m. Central Time

Please click the Zoom link below to join the program:
Passcode: 317315

During this event, the film will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with the scriptwriter and physicians from Mayo Clinic's Division of Rheumatology. They will discuss the film's themes, the impact of the discovery of cortisone on patients as well as the medical community, and answer your questions. For more information about this event, please visit the Mayo Clinic History of Medicine Society page on this website.


Other Heritage Days Events

Mayo Clinic carillonneur Austin Ferguson will perform noon-hour carillon concerts daily during Heritage Days. Austin has selected a different theme each day:


Monday, Oct. 3 - People, Places and Things

Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Music of P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893) 

Wednesday, Oct. 5American Music Through the Generations

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Disney Classics

Friday, Oct. 7 - Music Written for the Rochester Carillon   


One of the best places to listen in Rochester is Annenberg Plaza, between the Mayo Building to the west and the Plummer and Siebens Building to the east. However, you can now listen to the carillon online through the Mayo Clinic carillon cam.   

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