Eleanor Roosevelt smiling for the camera during a January 19, 1953 visit to Minnesota

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Eleanor Roosevelt smiling for the camera during a January 19, 1953 visit to Minnesota

By: Anonymous (not verified) | Item of the Day | January 19, 2023

On Jan. 19, 1953, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt paid a visit to Minnesota, seen here getting off a train in the Twin Cities on her way to St. Olaf College in Northfield. In her diary, she would later write of the trip: "The 40-mile drive from Minneapolis to Northfield and St. Olaf's [sic] College was rather hazardous, but Minnesota drivers are accustomed to slippery conditions and we made the trip in good time."

ID: M.14.G.3 Packet 34 (Locator Number)
Link: http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=11260956