How Environment Has Shaped the State

From Sustenance to Leisure on Minnesota Land

Expert Essay: Associate professor of history Michael J. Lansing, published in Environmental History as well as Ethics, Place, and Environment, highlights the many ways people have made use of Minnesota's flora and fauna over time and reviews the state's more recent efforts at conservation.

Color image of the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, 2006.

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park Conservatory)

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park Conservatory) in St Paul, 2006.

Black and white photograph of Como Conservatory exterior, 1964.

Como Conservatory exterior

Como Conservatory exterior, 1964.

Black and white photograph of hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof, 1962.

Hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof

Hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof, 1962.

Black and white photograph of the Sunken Garden interior, 1940.

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden interior, 1940.

Colorized postcard, ca. 1935.

Postcard of the Conservatory

Postcard, ca. 1935.

Black and white photograph of the sunken Garden interior, 1928.

Sunken Garden interior

Sunken Garden interior, 1928.

Black and white photograph of a flower show at the conservatory, 1927.

Flower show at the conservatory

Flower show at the conservatory, 1927.

Black and white photograph of construction workers in front of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Construction workers in front of the conservatory

Construction workers in front of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Black and white photograph showing construction of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Construction of the conservatory

Construction of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

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