Exhibit marking 150 years of Mayo rolls into Minnesota


What's the best way to tell the story of a century-and-a-half of the Mayo Clinic?

How about going mobile? One of the ways Mayo is commemorating its anniversary is with a rolling exhibit that is crossing the country for six months.

ABC 6 News reports it arrived in Rochester Monday for preliminary tours and will open to the public Tuesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The mobile exhibit conveys Mayo's reach through time dating back to the Civil War and across distances traversing the globe. As for staff, one of the exhibit's organizers tells the station it depicts the teamwork that brings together a variety of specialists to serve patients. "This blend of the teams and the individual, that is the heart of what Mayo Clinic does," Matthew Dacey says.

Mayo offers an overview of what's in the big rig here.

The Post-Bulletin reports the bus is 60 feet long but expands like an RV to offer 1,000 feet of exhibit space. If you like dancing skeletons, there's one of those inside – or one that dances as well as you do, that is.

The Post-Bulletin says newsman Tom Brokaw, who sits on Mayo's Board of Trustees, is hosting an invitation-only event in the exhibit outside the Mayo Civic Center Friday night.

Mayo's schedule for the exhibit shows it's staying in Rochester through Saturday, will be in Bloomington on Sunday in conjunction with Mother's Day's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and will spend a day in Mankato on May 21.

It's already traveled through western Wisconsin, with stops in La Crosse and Eau Claire.

At the latter stop, the Leader Telegram was on hand when Paulie Hynek watched one of the exhibit's videos that recounts how he was brought back to life at the Mayo Clinic.

When Hynek was two years old he wandered out of his home in Eleva, Wisc., one winter night in his pajamas. When he was discovered he had no pulse and was unresponsive. Flown by helicopter to Mayo, doctors were able to bring his body temperature up from 64 degrees and re-establish blood flow to his brain.

The Leader Telegram reports Hynek, who's now 15, watched the debut of the video about his rescue last week. He and his family were joined by a heart surgeon who was part of the team that saved Hynek.

Find more about Mayo's sesquicentennial here.

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