Portrait of Ruth Boynton from 1920.

Ruth Boynton, 1920

Ruth Boynton, who would go on to direct the University of Minnesota Student Health Service from 1936 to 1961.

Boynton, Ruth Evelyn (1896 - 1977)

Ruth Boynton was a physician, researcher, and administrator who spent almost her entire career at the University of Minnesota (U of M). She worked in public health and student health services. At that time there were few women in any of these fields. She was Director of the University Student Health Service from 1936 to 1961. It was renamed the Boynton Health Service in her honor in 1975.

William Colvill's splint, 1863

Splint made of six pieces of wood nailed together. The splint was used to support the injured leg of Colonel William Colvill at the Battle of Gettysburg on 2 July 1863, during the Civil War. Colvill became the fifth and final colonel of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on May 6, 1863 and was wounded several times (three times at Gettysburg), leaving him partially disabled for the rest of his life.

Minnesota men at Camp Meade?

Minnesota men at Camp Meade?

Members of the Fifteenth Regiment in their lodgings at Camp Mead.

Members of the 15th Minnesota Regiment boarding train for Camp Meade.

Members of the 15th Minnesota Regiment boarding train for Camp Meade.

Members of the Fifteenth Regiment boarding a train to Camp Mead.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie, Georgia.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie, Georgia.

Quarters of the Fifteenth Regiment at Fort McKenzie, c. 1898

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie.

Officers of the Fifteenth Regiment at Fort McKenzie, c. 1898

15th regiment moved from Camp Ramsey on the State Fairgrounds to try and control the spread of typhoid fever.

15th regiment moved from Camp Ramsey on the State Fairgrounds to try and control the spread of typhoid fever.

Temporary dwellings of the Fifteenth Regiment after abandoning the Fairgrounds, c.1898

1898 Typhoid Epidemic

In 1898, four hundred members of the Fifteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry were hospitalized with typhoid after camping at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. U.S. Army surgeons decided the epidemic's source was the public water of Minneapolis.

Sister Kenny's Polio Solution

In this brief radio documentary, MN90 producer Andi McDaniel learns how Aussie-Minnesotan Elizabeth Kenny revolutionized polio care.

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