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Mayo Clinic Heritage Days

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Monday, residents of Rochester and Mayo employees got a look back at how far the Mayo Clinic has come.  As part of the celebration, there were two vintage cars on hand, but these cars were there for more than just show.

Mayo's first building ever constructed was in the year 1914.

"The red car is a 1914 model T speedster that was built the same year the first mayo clinic building was constructed on the site of our Siebens building, " said Matthew Dacy, co-chair of Mayo Clinic Heritage.

Henry ford, the creator of the model T, was a friend of Dr. William Mayo.

"The cars are a centerpiece of Mayo Clinic Heritage days which is an annual celebration where we gather to thank our employees and volunteers for their dedication. We focus on our history, we look forward to our future," said Dacy

In a way these cars help to tell the history of Mayo Clinic.

"The Blue car is a 1931 Pierce-Arrow, the Plummer building on our campus was built in 1928, so the Plummer building would have been a brand new structure when the blue car was first coming off of the assembly line from Pierce-Arrow," said Dacy

Especially for Mayo Clinic it is important to understand their history to continue to grow.

Dacy adds, "History is very instructive, every patient has a medical history here and we have a history as an organization as well and by understanding our history we can become better grounded serving patients going forward."

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