Coya's Accordian

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Coya's Accordian

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 23, 2022

Today is Coya Knutson's birthday. She was the first Minnesota woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, elected in 1954.
This Hohner accordion was used on the campaign trail by Knutson.
Learn more about her here: