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"A History of the Kiwanis Club and Camp Patterson". Pamphlet, 1980

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: SMHC Collection 1317


This collection consists of two copies of a pamphlet, published in 1980, which outlines the founding of the Kiwanis Clubs and the history of the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Mankato, and its summer project, Camp Patterson. The pamphlet traces the history of the Mankato Kiwanis, and highlights many of their community service endeavors. Much of the pamphlet was written by Theodore L. Nydahl, former professor of history at Mankato State University.


  • 1980

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Biographical / Historical

Kiwanis International was formed in 1915 in Detroit, with the stated purpose to “devote itself to good rather than greed, to service rather than selfishness.” The Mankato club formed in February of 1921, with the same stated purpose.

The Downtown Kiwanis Club of Mankato is involved in many community service operations, one of which is Camp Patterson. Camp Patterson, which is located on Lake Washington, was organized to give underprivileged boys and girls a camp experience. The Downtown Kiwanis Club of Mankato also conducted other projects for the Mankato community, including donating books to the local library, publishing travelogues, and informing the community about the danger of Dutch elm disease.

Historical information obtained from the collection.


1.00 folders

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“A History of the Kiwanis Club and Camp Patterson”. Pamphlet, 1980.
Karyn Nester
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US