The statue replaced a 1952 wooden sculpture that some saw as an offensive caricature of a Native American man.
Peter J. DeCarlo holds a BA in History and English, as well as a MA in History. He is a historian of the United States, primarily before 1877. Peter’s local history interests center around Minnesota in the Civil War and early Minnesota history in general. He is a nationally published author.
Crowning the monument is a statue of Josias R. King, who is widely regarded as the first US volunteer in the Civil War. King also participated in violent campaigns to punish Dakota people after the US-Dakota War of 1862, known as the Punitive Expeditions.
Made up of volunteers and their vehicles, the corps existed for the duration of World War I.
He also once caused lawmakers to endure a 123-hour session while he laid low in (possibly) a brothel.
The Service sought to achieve harmony with nature, to use materials native to the landscape, and to build the minimal number of structures needed.
When the Minnesota National Guard was federalized in the spring of 1917, the state created the Minnesota Home Guard.
The Northeast Minneapolis institution served as a portal into American society for newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe and an advocate for the neighborhood’s underprivileged.
Built in 1929, the building represents a turning point in the economic history of downtown St. Paul and the architectural history of the entire Twin Cities area.
The Jablonsky lodge was organized in 1914 to obtain life insurance at a reasonable cost and provide a gathering place where Czechs could speak their own language.
As war threatened to cut off imported supplies of crude ergot, Universal Laboratories developed an effective collecting and processing operation in Dassel, MN.
St. Paul’s Commerce Building reflects the economic strength and civic influence of St. Paul’s business organizations at the beginning of the twentieth century.
By the late 1870s civic leaders were questioning the role of asylums and orphanages in the care of neglected children. States began establishing public schools with cottages on the grounds.
Faribault Woolen Mills started as a small family-owned business in the nineteenth century and grew to become the largest and longest-surviving woolen mill in the state.
On the cusp of controlling a mining empire in northern Minnesota, they lost everything to business titan John D. Rockefeller.
By signing the Treaty of Mendota and the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, the Dakota transferred ownership of their lands to the United States.