The appeal of hunting ginseng came from the cash paid for it — hard currency was scarce after the financial crash of 1857.
Jeff M. Sauve served from 1999 to 2017 as an archivist for St. Olaf College, Northfield. He has contributed to numerous local history publications, and has edited or written seven monographs, including: Pioneer Women: Voices of Northfield’s Frontier (2009); Dear Santa, Mama Wants Hat Pins, Papa, One Mule: A Compilation of Letters from the Northfield News, 1902–1945 (2012); and Milestones and Memories of the St. Olaf Band, 1891–2018 (2019), of which he was co-author.
Veblen’s highly acclaimed treatise The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions (1899) introduced the term “conspicuous consumption.”
Between 1934 and 1945, many local advocacy and state legislative efforts were introduced to preserve the Nerstrand Woods as the last sizable remnant of Minnesota’s “Big Woods.”