Stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation
History is all about telling people’s stories, and is especially powerful when people tell their own stories. We are happy to bring back a site that tells stories of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.
“Stories of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” features stories from people who were part of this generation. They grew up in the Depression, participated in WWII and prospered in the post-War era. These stories are told in their own words, from memoirs, diaries, oral histories and letters. Stories are divided between the Depression, the War and the Boom. Primary sources, including images, objects and recorded oral histories, help tell the story.
Here are some great stories to get started. Explore them all.
- Robert Hill found fun growing up when the jobs were scarce and money was tight.
- Gloria Huffman Snell went to school in a one-room schoolhouse.
- Johnny Buskowiak worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
World War II
- Donald S. Frederick shipped to Europe in the beginning of WWII
- Edwin Nakasone translated Japanese code at Fort Snelling
- Doris Shea Strand was an accountant at Minneapolis Moline during the war