The Food For Thought learning series presents "Women of Mayo Clinic" with Virginia Wright-Peterson at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Winona County History Center. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and a beverage will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The story of Mayo Clinic begins on the Minnesota prairie following a devastating tornado in 1883. It also begins with the women who joined the growing practice as physicians, as lab researchers, as developers of radium therapy and cancer treatments, and as innovators in virtually all aspects of patient care, education, and research. While these women contributed to the clinic's origins and success, their roles have not been widely celebrated — until now.

Hear more about Wright-Peterson's research and the women who were closely involved with the development of the world-renowned medical facility. A member of the writing faculty at the University of Minnesota Rochester, Wright-Peterson has written for Minnesota Public Radio, the Rochester Post-Bulletin, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. She has worked at Mayo Clinic for nearly two decades. "Women of Mayo Clinic" is available in the Museum Shop and Wright-Peterson will sign books after the program.

To learn more, go to www.winonahistory.org or call the history center at 507-454-2723.

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