BookWomen of Mayo Clinic
The Founding Generation

Exhibition: March 1-30

"Some of these stories have been waiting a hundred years to be told," says Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016).  Her research in the Mayo Clinic archive led to insights that give voice to women whose stories deserve to be celebrated -- and a new perspective on the contributions of women throughout the early years of Mayo's history. 

Exhibition:  March 1-30

Compelling display of photographs and narratives, accompanied by artifacts from the Mayo Clinic historical collection.

Mayo Clinic - Rochester Campus
Hage Atrium, subway level of the Siebens Building
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The exhibit is based on materials from "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation" by Virginia Wright-Peterson, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016, and used with permission.  It is made possible through the collaboration of:

  • W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, with generous support from the Jack Taylor Family Foundation in honor of Joseph M. Kiely, M.D.
  • Mayo Clinic Heritage Days, with generous support from John T. and Lillian G. Mathews

Get Your Copy of the Book
224 pages; illustrated with iconic black and white photos, some made publicly available for the first time, profiles of more than 40 women - physicians, nurses, administrators and allied health professionals - who played a vital role in the founding and growth of Mayo Clinic.  Purchase yours from:

  • Minnesota Historical Society Press:
  • Mayo Clinic retail locations on each campus 


AuthorAbout the Author
Virginia Wright-Peterson, Ph.D., is a native of Rochester, Minnesota.  She worked for 17 years as a Mayo Clinic administrator in Minnesota and Arizona, and earned the doctoral degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has taught college-level English and humanities for 13 years and currently serves on the writing faculty of the University of Minnesota Rochester.