Lewis, Harry Sinclair (1885–1951)

Sauk Centre’s Sinclair Lewis, short story writer, novelist, and playwright, was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens. 1944. Artist: Morley Size.

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens, 1944. Artist: Morley Size.

Drawing of Crookston’s city hall as depicted in the “Souvenir Art Album 1874–1910.”

Drawing of Crookston city hall

Drawing of Crookston’s city hall as depicted in the “Souvenir Art Album 1874–1910.”

Babes in Toyland (left to right): drummer Lori Barbero, bassist Maureen Herman, and vocalist/guitarist Kat Bjelland. The image was used for promotional materials related to the release of the band’s 1995 album Nemesisters.

Promotional photograph for Nemesisters

Babes in Toyland (left to right): drummer Lori Barbero, bassist Maureen Herman, and vocalist/guitarist Kat Bjelland. The image was used for promotional materials related to the release of the band’s 1995 album Nemesisters.

Babes in Toyland’s Kat Bjelland on the cover of the January/February 1991 issue of the fanzine Flipside. The inset image shows (left to right): Lori Barbero; Bjelland; and Michelle Leon.

Flipside cover

Babes in Toyland’s Kat Bjelland on the cover of the January/February 1991 issue of the fanzine Flipside. The inset image shows (left to right): Lori Barbero; Bjelland; and Michelle Leon.

The cover of Babes in Toyland’s 1991 debut album, Spanking Machine. The photograph on the sleeve shows (clockwise, left to right) Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, and Michelle Leon.

Spanking Machine LP

The cover of Babes in Toyland’s 1991 debut album, Spanking Machine. The photograph on the sleeve shows (clockwise, left to right) Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, and Michelle Leon.

Black and white photograph of Kat Bjelland performing with Babes in Toyland in Paris, 1991.

Kat Bjelland

Kat Bjelland performs with Babes in Toyland in Paris, 1991.

Michelle Leon, Lori Barbero, and Kat Bjelland perform at a warehouse party, 1989. Photographed by Katie O’Brien.

Babes in Toyland performing

Michelle Leon, Lori Barbero, and Kat Bjelland perform at a warehouse party, 1989. Photographed by Katie O’Brien.

Poster with a list of the performance dates on Babes in Toyland’s 1991 European tour. Pictured are (left to right): Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, and Michelle Leon.

1991 tour poster

Poster with a list of the performance dates on Babes in Toyland’s 1991 European tour. Pictured are (left to right): Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, and Michelle Leon.

Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland grew out of the Minneapolis punk scene to become one of the most visible “alternative” bands of the 1990s. In their recordings and live performances, they honed an abrasive, commanding sound that attracted fans from across the United States and Europe.

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