Fragment of execution rope used to hang William Williams in 1906. The rope was too long, causing a slow, grisly death and prompting Minnesota to end the death penalty. Williams was the last person to be executed in Minnesota.
Red Wing ethnologist Frances Densmore examines a moccasin made by her Dakota friend Susan Windgrow (Good Bear Woman), c.1930. Densmore also preserved a nationally important collection of American Indian songs by recording them on wax cylinders, beginning in 1906.