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Rev. Billy Graham's connection to southeast Minnesota


While he was an influential force all across the country, Rev. Billy Graham's organization started right here in Minnesota.

He started his Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis in 1950.

Graham also served as president of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul between 1948 and 1952. 

His organization stayed in Minnesota until 1999 when it moved to Reverend Graham's home state of North Carolina. 

But until that time he was a familiar face in Rochester.

At the History Center of Olmsted County, archives show several pictures of his visits, at one time stopping by Emmanuel baptist church

While he never held one of his famous Crusades in town, he did go to Mayo Clinic many times for treatment in the 70s and 80s.

"When he was here, it was remarkable, he was here as a patient receiving care for his health concerns, but he made a special effort to get out into the corridors, he talked to the patients and staff," Matthew Dacy, Director of Mayo's Heritage Hall, said. "Even as a patient he recognized the teamwork philosophy at mayo and and the compassion that he received that he could give back to other people."

While on his trips to southeast Minnesota, he had a few meals at a couple important institutions such as Mantorville's Hubble House and the former Micheal's Restaurant in Rochester.

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