Native lace makers earned good pay, but the organization held stereotypical and negative views of them and excluded them from leadership roles.
Kathryn R. Goetz received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She has served as a researcher for a range of historical programs and exhibits and was a MNopedia intern.
Archbishop John Ireland hoped to actively recruit more African American Catholics.
After the U.S. entered World War I, organizers reframed the event as a “Food Training Camp” that showed Minnesotans how to produce and conserve resources vital to the Allied war effort.
Betty Crocker got her start not in the kitchen but in the advertising department of the Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis.
From long johns to girdles, the Minnesota company urged generations of consumers, “don’t say Underwear, say Munsingwear.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder was sixty-five when she published Little House in the Big Woods, a novel for young readers inspired by her childhood in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.
When Bernard Pietenpol started to build airplanes in his Cherry Grove workshop, he’d never actually piloted one.
Fr. Louis Hennepin spent only a few months in Minnesota, but his influence is undeniable.
In the twenty-first century, nearly 1.8 million people attend the twelve-day event every year, making it the second-largest state fair in the nation.
Virginia’s B’nai Abraham congregation dedicated their brick synagogue in 1909.
When Congress enacted the law, many hoped that giving settlers deed to public lands in return for growing trees would reshape the environment of the West.
3M’s Scotch brand masking tape and cellophane tape were small inventions that became a consumer revolution.
Despite high hopes, the settlement of New Yeovil crumbled soon after it began.
What began as an eight-week summer course became a year-round art colony that unites the natural beauty of the North Shore with Minnesota’s vibrant artistic community.
Her exceptional teaching, notable public lectures, and active community leadership led many to call her “the best loved woman in the Minnesota.”