Black and white photograph of W. L. Carlyle and R. S. Mackintosh eating watermelon that was awarded first premium probably at the Minnesota State Fair, 1895.

W. L. Carlyle and R. S. Mackintosh

W. L. Carlyle (left) and R. S. Mackintosh (right) eating watermelon that was awarded first premium prize, probably at the Minnesota State Fair, 1895. Mackintosh was the society's president from 1918–1919 and secretary-treasurer from 1920–1943.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis Market Gardeners Association Display at the Minnesota State Fair, First Prize Winner, 1905.

Minneapolis Market Gardeners Association Display at the Minnesota State Fair

Minneapolis Market Gardeners Association Display at the Minnesota State Fair, First Prize Winner, 1905.

Black and white photograph of a fruit display at the Minnesota State Fair, 1899.

Fruit display at the Minnesota State Fair

Fruit display at the Minnesota State Fair, 1899.

Black and white photograph of John S. Harris of La Crescent. Founding member of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, 1895.

John S. Harris of La Crescent

John S. Harris of La Crescent, founding member of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, 1895.

Black and white photograph of William Mackintosh, father of R. S. Mackintosh, in his melon patch, 1894.

William Mackintosh, father of R. S. Mackintosh, in his melon patch

William Mackintosh, father of R. S. Mackintosh, in his melon patch, 1894.

Black and white photograph of attendees at a December annual meeting in the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s early years, ca. 1890s.

Attendees at a meeting of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Attendees at a December annual meeting in the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s early years, ca. 1890s.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society

The year 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. In its early years, the society was a small, male-dominated organization focused on fruit production. Its mission shifted to become more educational as members taught each other, and the public, how to use plants to enhance their environments.

Black and white photograph of Hanover Creamery Association building, ca. 1880–1900. Used courtesy of the Hanover Historical Society.

Hanover Creamery Association

Hanover Creamery Association building, ca. 1880–1900. Used courtesy of the Hanover Historical Society.

Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010.

Aerial image of Murray County Fairgrounds

Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010. From the collection of the Murray County News.

Black and white photograph of the Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s

Murray County Fairgrounds

Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

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