Miss Miyazaki Japanese Friendship Doll

Concerned by the anti-Japanese atmosphere in the United States in the 1920s, Dr. Sidney Gulick established the Committee on World Friendship Among Children and began sending friendship dolls to Japan. Japan reciprocated by sending friendship dolls to the US in 1927, with Minnesota receiving a doll known as "Miss Miyazaki."

Hutterian Brethren, Cottonwood County

South Dakota Hutterite families with roots in the Anabaptist Reformation of the sixteenth-century moved to Cottonwood County in 1994. There, they established the Neuhof Hutterian Brethren Colony and the Elmendorf Hutterian Brethren Colony south of Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

Dora Decker and Amos Decker Sr.

Dora Decker and Amos Decker Sr.

Dora Decker and Amos Decker Sr., some of the first residents of Neuhof Hutterian Brethren Colony. Photograph by Lisa Decker Wollmann, July 19, 2017.

Sign at entrance to Neuhof Hutterian Brethren Colony

Sign at entrance to Neuhof Hutterian Brethren Colony

Sign at entrance to Neuhof Hutterian Brethren Colony. Photograph by Lisa Decker Wollmann, July 19, 2017.

Norwegian Immigration to the Buffalo River, 1870–1872

The Norwegians who made their homes along the Buffalo River in 1870 were among the first European settler-colonists to live in Clay County. The timing of their arrival, before the land had been surveyed, helped to draw other immigrants to the area.

One of the original Buffalo River colony cabins

The second Buffalo River cabin (built 1879) moved onto the property of Orabel Thortvedt, granddaughter of Olav Thortvedt, for restoration. Photograph by Cal Olson, June 1, 1955. Used with the permission of North Dakota State University Archives.

One of the original Buffalo River colony cabins

One of the original Buffalo River colony cabins

One of the original Buffalo River colony cabins, built in 1879 and restored by Orabel Thortvedt, granddaughter of Olav Thortvedt. Photograph by Cal Olson, June 1, 1955. Used with the permission of North Dakota State University Archives.

Map of Clay County

Map of Clay County

Map of Clay County (public domain) published by McGill-Warner in 1916. In the nineteenth century, most Buffalo River settler-colonists resided in Moland Township.

Somali Museum of Minnesota

The Somali Museum of Minnesota was founded in 2013 to preserve Somali culture and tradition through art exhibits, educational programs, and dance. Since then, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit has become more visible to Somali Americans across the United States as it expands efforts to showcase its growing artifact collections and traditional Somali dance across North America.

Dr. Saeed Fahia

Dr. Saeed Fahia, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, in his office. Photograph by Bill Jolitz, 2012. Printed in Somalis in Minnesota, by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012), 29.

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