Black and white photograph of Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Julia Sears

Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Mankato State Normal School controversy, 1873

In August 1872, Julia Sears (1839–1929) was hired to head the Mankato State Normal School. Upon taking the job, she became the first woman to hold such a position of power in a coeducational institution of higher learning in the United States. Her leadership challenged traditional gender roles at teachers’ colleges but led to controversy when the local school board replaced her with a man.

Black and white photograph of students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield, 1947.

Students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield

Students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield, 1947.

Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fento

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, 1917

Lafayette School

Lafayette School, 1917. Image from Aronovici, Carol. Housing Conditions in the City of Saint Paul. St. Paul: Amherst H. Wilder Charity, 1917, 80

Black and white photograph of Dr. George Jacob Gordon, founder of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah and instructor in therapeutics and obstetrics at Hamlin University, c.1935.

Dr. George Jacob Gordon

Dr. George Jacob Gordon, founder of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah and instructor in therapeutics and obstetrics at Hamlin University, c.1935.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah at 1616 Queen Avenue North in Minneapolis, 1951. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Minneapolis Talmud Torah interior

Interior of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah at 1616 Queen Avenue North in Minneapolis, 1951. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduating class of ca. 1950.

St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduation

St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduating class, ca.1950.

Black and white photograph of young men and women of the 1935 graduating class of the St. Paul Talmud Torah. Max Gordon, the director of the Talmud Torah, is seated at the center of the front row.

1935 graduating class of the St. Paul Talmud Torah

Young men and women of the 1935 graduating class of the S.t Paul Talmud Torah. Max Gordon, the director of the Talmud Torah, is seated at the center of the front row.

Black and white photograph of students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah, 1930.

Students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah

Students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah, 1930.

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