Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  It’s that time of the year. Mayo Clinic’s annual Heritage Days has arrived with events and festivities planned at numerous sites.

Mayo says this year’s theme “Defining Innovation”  will place special emphasis on the career and life of Doctor Henry Plummer.

The goal of Heritage Days is to thank Mayo employees for their efforts in offering care and service to patients. All are welcome to the Heritage Days events, which will run  Oct. 1-7.

The first event will be Saturday and features the Plummer Building.There will be a Mayo History Open House of the Plummer Building, the first since its grand opening in 1928. Architectural and academic artifacts, as well as Dr. Plummer’s personal effects, will be available for viewing. Attendants will greet visitors at the door and escort them through the building just as in the old days. Wax models of thyroid disease (Dr. Plummer’s specialty) will be on display in addition to a Lego model of the building itself. You also can see peregrine falcons outside on Annenberg Plaza. The event begins at 10 a.m.  A carillon concert is scheduled at noon.

Next week, a 1969 Z28 Camaro and 1969 Shelby Mustang GT 500 will be on display at Annenberg Plaza.  Also next week, the premiere of a new Heritage Film, “Forever Looking Forward: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Henry S. Plummer”  will be shown at various times at the Geffen Auditorium in Gonda Subway. The film follows the life of  Dr. Plummer from a small Minnesota town to the envisioning of Mayo Clinic’s first medical building. Lunchtime entertainment, including a variety of jazz, blues, folk and violin musical acts, will be offered during the week.

Find the complete schedule of film showings and more information about Heritage Days events here.

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