Rochester State Hospital

Rochester State Hospital opened on January 1, 1879, as Minnesota’s second hospital for the insane. It served as part of Minnesota’s state hospital system until 1982, when changing trends in treatment for the mentally ill and lack of funding led to its closure.

Color image of a Lifepak 12 defibrillator manufactured by Medtronic. Photographed on June 12, 2006.

Medtronic defibrillator

Lifepak 12 defibrillator manufactured by Medtronic. Photographed on June 12, 2006.

Black and white photograph of Medtronic Founder Earl Bakken and Medtronic CEO Winston Wallin with an early pacemaker model, 1986. Photographed by Jeffrey Grosscup.

Medtronic Founder Earl Bakken and Winston Wallin with Early Pacemaker

Medtronic Founder Earl Bakken and Medtronic CEO Winston Wallin with an early pacemaker model, 1986. Photographed by Jeffrey Grosscup.

Medtronic

The Medtronic medical device company was founded in 1949 by Earl Bakken and Palmer Hermundslie. From its beginnings in a converted garage, it has grown into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise and one of Minnesota’s leading businesses.

Black and white photograph of a Red Cross booth ("Let the Spirit of America Equal the Spirit of Belgium") at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Red Cross booth at 1917 Minnesota State Fair

Red Cross booth ("Let the Spirit of America Equal the Spirit of Belgium") at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Black and white photograph of Red Cross workers making bandages, c.1916.

Red Cross workers

Red Cross workers making bandages, c.1916.

Color image of a World War I-era Red Cross poster, c.1917.

Join (the Red Cross)

World War I-era Red Cross poster, c.1917.

Black and white photograph of a Red Cross nurse, and likely Motor Corps officer, 1918. The car has the Red Cross symbol on the hood and was likely part of the Minnesota Motor Corps.

Red Cross nurse and officer

A Red Cross nurse, and likely Motor Corps officer, 1918. The car has the Red Cross symbol on the hood and was likely part of the Minnesota Motor Corps.

Black and white photograph of members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service, 1918.

Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service

Members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service, 1918.

Black and white photograph of members of the St. Paul Chapter of the Red Cross, Motor Corps, 1918.

Members of St. Paul Chapter of Red Cross, Motor Corps

Members of the St. Paul Chapter of the Red Cross, Motor Corps, 1918.

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