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Color image of the Minnesota Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls. Date unknown.

Minnesota Machinery Museum

Minnesota Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls, date unknown.

Minnesota Machinery Museum

When Hanley Falls School closed in the late 1970s, a few local residents saw an opportunity. Committed to sharing the history of their community, they transformed the white, two-story building on the town square into the Minnesota Machinery Museum. Since 1980, the museum has collected vintage farm equipment and created exhibits celebrating the history and agricultural tradition of Yellow Medicine County.

Color poster promoting school gardening programs, c.1918.

“School Garden Army” poster

Poster promoting school gardening programs, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

Gardening class in Pipestone County

Students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of University of Minnesota Law School graduates, 1894.

University of Minnesota Law School 1894 graduating class

University of Minnesota Law School graduates, 1894. Wheaton is barely visible in the back row, behind the first row man wearing light colored pants.

Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Gustavus Adolphus students

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on October 27, 1972.

Black and white photograph of Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s.

Ron Ford

Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

African American Students at Gustavus Adolphus College,1963–1982

Founded by Swedish Americans in St. Peter in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus College attracted a mostly white student body for much of its history. In the 1960s, the college took steps to diversify its campus by recruiting and retaining African American students from the South. This effort made Gustavus unique among Midwestern liberal arts colleges.

Black and white photograph of Mankato State Normal School, 1871.

Mankato State Normal School

Mankato State Normal School, 1871.

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