To celebrate the revitalization of the city’s first large governmental, community, and gathering place, The Gerlach Cultural Center is hosting an open house event on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The open house event will feature interactive stations for citizens to engage with, live music, historical artifacts, and tours. The open house runs from 3–9 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. there will be a short program featuring speeches, music, and a rededicating of the building to the community and to the arts.

The open house event is being held to coincide with the commemoration of North Mankato’s 120th anniversary and Fun Days. A local historical tour of North Mankato via double decker bus is also being held by the city of North Mankato on July 9 with stops at The Gerlach Cultural Center. Bus tours run in the late afternoon.

The Gerlach Cultural Center was designed by architect Henry Gerlach and erected to serve as North Mankato’s municipal building. It is located at 443 Belgrade Avenue in lower North Mankato. It opened in 1926 and housed the fire department, police, mayor and city council’s chambers, library, and the public at large for gatherings in an upper level auditorium that included governmental meetings, music, dances, celebrations, and other events.

Live music & program schedule for the open house at The Gerlach:
3:00 – Michelle Roche
4:00 – Nate Boots & Billy Steiner
5:00 – Bee Balm Fields
7:00 – Program & Rededication of the building
7:30 – The Electric Frye