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.
The Nonpartisan League was an agrarian movement begun in 1915 in North Dakota that soon spread to Minnesota. League members protested the poor market conditions of farmers. The League rejected a third party approach, choosing instead to endorse whichever candidate pledged to support their program.
Learn more in our Library.
On this day in 1886, a four-mile logjam closed the St. Croix River at Taylors Falls. The jam was so spectacular that excursion trains travel from Duluth to see it.
See more logjam photos in Collections Online.
On this date in 1873, Rocky Mountain locusts crossed into Minnesota and began destroying crops in the southwestern part of the state. Relief efforts were organized to keep the settlers from starving; the locusts return for the next four years, finally leaving in August 1877.
Learn more in the MNopedia article.
The Western Appeal (later the Appeal), the first Minnesota-published African American newspaper to gain national readership, premieres under the editorship of Frederick D. Parker on this day in 1885. This image is of Vol. 1, no. 2, from our Newspaper Hub.
See all that the Newspaper Hub holds!
This rough pine trunk was used by Scottish immigrants sailing to America in 1882. The front is painted: "Agnes McNiven / Passenger / to St. Paul, MN. America". A green tag on one side is stamped: "New York, Lake Erie + Western Railroad Co., Baggage + Express Trunk," showing the convoluted route necessary to get here.
See it in Collections Online.
This 1951 book of short stories was written by Saint Paul native Max Shulman, largely based on his time at the University of Minnesota. It was later turned into both a movie and television show. Summer reading, perhaps?
It is available in our Library.