Portrait of Paramahansa Yogananda, a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher of priya yoga, ca. 1920.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Portrait of Paramahansa Yogananda, a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher of priya yoga, ca. 1920.

V. Kokatnur

V. Kokatnur, a Ph.D. student and fellow at the University of Minnesota. From the Hindusthanee Student, September 1915.

How Indian Americans Have Shaped the State

From the Ganges to Ten Thousand Lakes: Immigration from the Subcontinent to Minnesota

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, job prospects in farming and on railroads drew the first Indian immigrants—mostly men—from Asia to the United States. It wasn’t until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, however, that Minnesota officially opened its doors to Indians.

Black and white photograph of John Sweetman, founder of the Sweetman Catholic Colony, ca. 1885–1890.

John Sweetman

John Sweetman, founder of the Sweetman Catholic Colony, ca. 1885–1890.

Sweetman Catholic Colony

In 1881, John Sweetman brought forty-three immigrant families to farms near Currie and established the Sweetman Catholic Colony. Another nineteen families joined the colony in 1882, but two unseasonably wet growing seasons made farming difficult. By the end of 1882, half of the colonists had abandoned their farms and left the colony.

The interior of Yuen Faung Low (John's Place), a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis (28–30 South Sixth Street), ca. 1915.

Interior of Yuen Faung Low (John's Place)

The interior of Yuen Faung Low (John's Place), a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis (28–30 South Sixth Street), ca. 1915.

Sign for Yuen Faung Lo (John's Place) Chinese restaurant. The sign was carved in Canton, China, ca. 1914, and hung in John's Place, a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis.

Sign for Yuen Faung Lo (John's Place) Chinese restaurant

Sign for Yuen Faung Lo (John's Place) Chinese restaurant. The sign was carved in Canton, China, ca. 1914, and hung in John's Place, a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis.

Black and white photograph of Johanna and William Vollbrecht, early founders of Hanover, ca. 1855.

Johanna and William Vollbrecht

Johanna and William Vollbrecht, early founders of Hanover, ca. 1855. The photograph was part of a historic display sponsored by the Hanover Lioness in the city council chambers.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915.

Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915

Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad in his office at the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1920.

Swan Turnblad in his office

Swan Turnblad in his office at the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1920.

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