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    • St. Walburg Convent, EichstÃtt, Bavaria, Germany

    • 1852 - 1864
    • Origins of St. Benedict's Monastery (convent), St. Joseph, Minnesota. From its beginnings in the eleventh century, St. Walburg Convent in EichstÃtt, Bavaria, survived many trials of fire, war, famine, and secularization. "Fortunately for America,...
    • Saint Benedict's Monastery
    • Waheoka, Minnesota Territory

    • 1854
    • A map of a proposed community named Waheoka, including streets, blocks, and lots. The Minnesota River is included. The community was apparently to be located in Nicollet County, with southern and eastern boundaries along the Minnesota River,...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Buffalo Chase

    • 1854
    • This is a print by the artist and military officer Seth Eastman, who was stationed in Minnesota before statehood. The print shows a mounted Native American man about to kill a buffalo with an arrow.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Otsego cemetery plat map, Wright County, Minnesota

    • 1854?
    • Otsego cemetery plat map is the original plan of the cemetery drawn in approximately 1854, showing plots purchased by the city's founders and pioneers. It was designed during the time of the Rural Cemetery Movement and is an example of an early...
    • Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission
    • Man with oxen team and hay wagon, Oronoco, Minnesota

    • 1855 - 1860
    • William Koenig (of Oronoco Township) is holding a pitch fork and standing next to an oxen team. A wagon filled with hay is being pulled by the team.
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Portrait of Jane Grey Swisshelm, St. Cloud, Minnesota

    • 1860 - 1884
    • Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884) was an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights. She ran the newspapers "The St. Cloud Visitor" and the "St. Cloud Democrat."
    • St. Cloud State University Archives
    • Portrait of Jane Grey Swisshelm, St. Cloud, Minnesota

    • 1860 - 1884
    • Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884) was an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights. She ran the newspapers "The St. Cloud Visitor" and the "St. Cloud Democrat."
    • St. Cloud State University Archives
    • Portrait of Jane Grey Swisshelm, St. Cloud, Minnesota

    • 1860 - 1884
    • Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884) was an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights. She ran the newspapers "The St. Cloud Visitor" and the "St. Cloud Democrat."
    • St. Cloud State University Archives
    • Mother Willibalda Scherbauer, OSB, St. Joseph, Minesota

    • 1860?
    • Orgins of St. Benedict's Monastery (convent), St. Joseph, Minnesota. Mother Willibalda Scherbauer, OSB, led four sisters and two candidates, ranging in age from 18 to 26, from St. Marys, Pennslyvania, to the Midwest frontier (St. Cloud, Minnesota)...
    • Saint Benedict's Monastery
    • The Sauk Centre House, Sauk Centre, Minnesota

    • 1860?
    • The Sauk Centre House was an early hotel, social gathering place, and used as a stage coach pick-up. It was destroyed by fire but rebuilt and renamed, The Palmer House.
    • Sauk Centre Area Historical Society
    • Portrait of Reverend William McKinley, Winona, Minnesota

    • 1860?
    • Rev. William McKinley, 1834-1918. His obituary dated January 13, 1918 [newspaper not identified], reads: "Early Methodist Divine Dies at Home in Winona. Rev. William McKinley, dean of Minnesota Methodism, active as a lecturer, author and divine in...
    • Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church
    • Letter from James George to Rhoda George from Cornith, Mississippi

    • 1862-05-04
    • James George wrote this letter from camp near Cornith, Mississippi. He has decioded to send his wife three hundred dollars instead of two hundred dollars. He advises her to not tell anyone about the money and to keep it with her at all times. He...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Portrait of William C. Durkee, Minnesota

    • 1863 - 1865
    • This photograph shows Civil War veteran William C. Durkee in his uniform. The photograph was taken in Mankato, Minnesota. A note on the reverse states that he fought in the last battle of the Civil War at Palmetto Ranch, Texas. Durkee was a...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Edward Duffield Neill at the White House, Washington, D.C.

    • 1864 - 1865
    • Scrap of lined paper with a photograph mounted in the center. The photo shows three men posing in front of the White House: one standing, one leaning against a statue, and one reclining on the ground at the base of the statue. The handwritten note...
    • Macalester College
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Osage City, Kansas

    • 1864-01-10
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Osage City, Kansas. He had two boils on his face. Mail has been slo9w coming from home but he believes that it is due to the heavy snows in Illinois and Wisconsin. New Years day it was twenty-two degrees below...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from James George to his wife and children from Ringold, Georgia

    • 1864-05-05
    • James George wrote this letter from Ringold, Georgia. He has no time to write and expects to move soon. His troops are in good condition. He states that old officers will go out at the end of their enlistment and he expects to do the same. He...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Portrait of Albert Dahlem, Sauk Centre, Minnesota

    • 1865 - 1880
    • Albert Dahlem was a Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Officer, seen here wearing his uniform. After the war, he moved to Sauk Centre, becoming an avid businessman.
    • Sauk Centre Area Historical Society
    • Steamboat landing, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1865 - 1885
    • This stereo photo shows an early view of the steamboat landing and a warehouse next to it in St. Peter. The area shown in the photo is located on the west bank of the Minnesota river, near Broadway.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Early town view, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1865 - 1885
    • This stereo photo shows an early view of St. Peter that includes the saw mill owned by Col. B. F. Pratt. The Minnesota river is in the foreground.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • View of a St. Peter Foundry, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1865 - 1900
    • This postcard shows a view of a foundry in St. Peter. The image is a reproduction made from an earlier photograph. Several horse-drawn vehicles are shown.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • J. A. Kiester, Blue Earth, Minnesota

    • 1865 - 1905
    • Portrait photograph of J. A. Kiester. Kiester was an early settler-lawyer, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate. He was also an Episcopalian, Freemason and Faribault County historian.
    • Faribault County Historical Society
    • Duluth, Minnesota and Vicinity as of 1865

    • 1865?
    • This map of Duluth and the surrounding area as of 1865 was drawn by R.E. Carey based on old records and memoirs. The accompanying booklet, also by Carey, describes historical sites in Duluth, which are number coded on the map. Sites include early...
    • Duluth Public Library
    • Peck family photograph album, St. James, Minnesota

    • 1866 - 1900
    • Eight page photograph album documenting the life of the Peck family of St. James, Minnesota. Images include portraits of the various Peck family members, as well as views of buildings in and around St. James. Buildings depicted include the St....
    • Watonwan County Historical Center
    • Surveyors Record Book 1, Washington County, Minnesota

    • 1869 - 1941
    • Hand-drawn land surveys made from 1869-1941 to determine and identify land ownership and/or section boundaries in various parts of Washington County. The volume includes an index on pages 638-641 that lists each township and section and the pages...
    • Washington County Survey and Land Management
    • Railroad bridge across the Minnesota River, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • A view of the first railroad bridge across the Minnesota River at St. Peter. It served the Winona and St. Peter Railroad. This wooden bridge was located between Kasota and the St. Peter State Hospital. The image is a reproduction made from an...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • M. G. Evenson Hardware Store, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • Exterior view of the M. G. Evenson Hardware store in St. Peter. It was located next to Laubach's Grocery store, which was on the southwest corner of the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Park Row. The image is a reproduction made from an...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Theodore Knoll's Store, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • This postcard shows a view of the dry goods and groceries store that was owned by Theodore Knoll in St. Peter. The store was located along Third Street at its intersection with Park Row. The image is a reproduction made from an earlier photograph.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Northwestern Hotel, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • Exterior view of the Northwestern Hotel in St. Peter that was located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Front Street and Park Row. In November of 1887, a fire in the hotel's stable destroyed the hotel and many other buildings. This...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Commercial Hotel, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • This postcard shows a view of the Commercial Hotel in St. Peter that was located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Park Row. The image is a reproduction that was made from an earlier photograph.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Gateway and front porch, St. Mary's Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1890
    • Exterior view of an ornate brick building with double double-decker cupola on top of house; elaborate frame decking; walkway or road with wood fence posts/gate; tree and another structure can be seen in the background.
    • Hennepin County Library, James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library
    • Portrait of Rabbi Judah Wechsler of Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1870?
    • Rabbi Wechsler (pronounced Wexler) lead the congregation's sponsoring a Jewish farming settlement in the Dakota Territories. The settlement attempted to help Russian Jewish immigrants find livelihoods working the land in the American West. Though...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Jesus College handbill, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1871 - 1873
    • A small handbill with an image of a church ruin, briefly describing Jesus College, comprised of The School of Christian Literature and The Baldwin Grammar School.
    • Macalester College
    • Bird's-eye view, Lanesboro, Minnesota

    • 1872
    • Bird's-eye view of the Brooklyn area south of Lanesboro showing Parkway Avenue. Mathias Bue copied this photo that was originally taken by an unidentified photographer.
    • Fillmore County Historical Society
    • Logging Crew, Thomson Township, Carlton County, Minnesota

    • 1872 - 1910
    • This photograph shows a logging crew, consisting of Henry Perttula, Jonas Perttula, William Perttula, Emil Kangas, Waino J. Heikkinen, and an unidentified man. Sitting are Abel Palkie and Adolph Peterson.
    • Esko Historical Society

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