Oregon Trail (computer game)

First thought up in 1971 by Minnesota student teachers, Oregon Trail has gone on to become the longest-published and most successful educational game of all time. As of 2017, more than 65 million copies have been sold worldwide, and the game that began on a teletype machine remains popular in a version designed for smartphones.

Black and white photograph of the high school in Virginia, Minnesota, ca. 1920.

High school in Virginia

High school in Virginia, Minnesota, ca. 1920.

Colorized postcard of Roosevelt High School, ca. 1910.

Roosevelt High School in Virginia

Roosevelt High School, ca. 1910.

Black and white photograph of a public school in Virginia, Minnesota, 1895.

Public school in Virginia, Minnesota

Public school in Virginia, Minnesota, 1895.

Black and white photograph of a public school in Tower, ca. 1910.

Public school, Tower

Public school in Tower, ca. 1910.

Black and white photograph of a boarding school for American Indian children in Tower, Minnesota, ca. 1935.

Boarding school for American Indian children in Tower

Boarding school for American Indian children in Tower, Minnesota, ca. 1935.

Minnesota Public School Fund

In 1854, the United States took the mineral-rich lands of northeastern Minnesota Territory from the Ojibwe Nation after the signing of the Treaty of La Pointe. Four years later, it granted to the new state of Minnesota sections 16 and 36 of every one of its townships, either to be held in trust or leased to support state schools. Close to three million acres were dedicated to a public school trust fund, and the iron ore and forest lands of the Ojibwe generated over 85 percent of its value. In 2017, it is worth over a billion dollars.

Color image of students in a Malayalam class (level 1) pose for a photograph at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) on Social Studies Day, ca. 2015, in St. Paul.

Students at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC)

Students in a Malayalam language class (level 1) pose for a photograph at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) in St. Paul's Como Park High School during October 2006. Pictured are (clockwise, left to right): Manoj Shah, Vishnu Namboodiripad, Lata Menon, Prem Shah, and Aradhana Menon. Photographed by Ajay Patil.

V. Kokatnur

V. Kokatnur, a Ph.D. student and fellow at the University of Minnesota. From the Hindusthanee Student, September 1915.

Elmer Uggen, shown here with his violin in the Agassiz yearbook, (front row, third from left) served as concertmaster for the North Dakota Agricultural College Orchestra in 1914 and 1915.

N.D.A.C. Orchestra 1914–1915

Elmer Uggen, shown here with his violin in the Agassiz yearbook, (front row, third from left) served as concertmaster for the North Dakota Agricultural College Orchestra in 1914 and 1915.

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