The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry Spiess of White Bear Lake on Friday, June 28. He built and sail the "Yankee Girl", a 10 ft. sailboat of plywood and fiberglass, for his successful one-man trip across the Atlantic in 1979. Spiess later sailed across the Pacific in the same vessel. Attached to or stored in the sailboat's interior are items including a wooden boom with mainsail and 2-part aluminum mast, radio and communication equipment.
Spiess donated the boat to MNHS in 1984.