Gary Lund (left), dressed as Knute Nelson, visits with guests at the Douglas County Historical Society’s bean soup luncheon at Nelson Gables in Alexandria Tuesday. The annual luncheon, which is a fundraiser for the historical society, features Knute Nelson’s famous bean soup. Nelson requested bean soup to be added to the U.S. Senate dining menu in the early 1900s and it remains a staple on the menu to this day. The Douglas County Historical Society is housed in the historic home of Senator Nelson.