Join us for a book signing with Rochester author Paul Scanlon as his book “Rochester Stories” makes its debut! Bring your own copy or purchase one when you arrive (while supplies last).

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Best known for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester’s rich history holds so much more beyond medical excellence. But why was the world’s greatest medical center built virtually in the middle of a cornfield in the first place? What happened to the Native Americans in the area? Were there ever bears in Bear Creek? Why are there so many geese at Silver Lake, and how did the Zumbro River get its name? What do the extinction of the dinosaurs and the passenger pigeon have to do with Rochester? Retired Mayo Clinic doctor and Rochester native Paul Scanlon answers these questions and more in this collection of historic tales from Med City.

Author Bio

Paul David Scanlon, MD, FACP, FCCP, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He trained at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Medical School, Johns Hopkins and Harvard. He served at the Mayo Clinic for thirty-five years, retiring from clinical practice in 2019. Born at St. Marys Hospital, Scanlon has lived in Rochester most of his life. He has served as president of Rochester Public Schools Board of Directors, president of Rochester Montessori School Board of Directors, president of the Rochester Art Center Board, vice-president of the Rochester Civic Music Board and president of the Rochester Park Board. He and his wife, Maggie, a retired nurse, have three children and seven grandchildren.