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Grasshopper Plague

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 7, 2019

This carte-de-visite shows a cartoon titled "Grangers versus Grasshoppers or the irrepressible conflict." It was made in 1880, one of the years when Rocky Mountain Locust were the torment of farmers in Minnesota and across the Midwest.
We share this today in honor of the MNHS Annual Meeting and its guest speaker Caroline Fraser, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.