Liang May Seen (c.1871–1946)

Liang May Seen was the first woman of Chinese descent to live in Minnesota. After escaping from a brothel in San Francisco, Liang learned English, married, and moved to Minneapolis, where she was a leader in the Chinese immigrant community until her death in 1946.

John Keller’s Room, 1905

Photograph of John Keller’s room by St. Paul Dispatch photographer, published on April 13, 1905. This is where William Williams shot and killed Keller and his mother on April 12. Image reproduced from microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society with permission from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

William Williams in the county jail, 1905

William Williams in the county jail, 1905

Photograph of William Williams. Williams was tried, convicted, and executed for killing his estranged lover, Johnny Keller, and Johnny’s mother Mary. Photo taken by a St. Paul Dispatch photographer in the county jail on April 13, 1905. Image reproduced from microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society with permission from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Bird's-eye view of Vasa

Bird's-eye view of Vasa

Bird's-eye view of Vasa (Goodhue County), the first Swedish colony in Minnesota. Postcard c.1900.

Hans Mattson

Hans Mattson

Hans Mattson. Cabinet photograph c.1885 by William R. Miller.

Cherstin Mattson (Mrs. Hans)

Cherstin Mattson (Mrs. Hans)

Cherstin Mattson, Hans Mattson's wife. Carte-de-viste c.1865.

Hans Mattson

Hans Mattson, Daguerreotype c.1863.

Hans Mattson

Hans Mattson

Hans Mattson. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney c.1864.

Mattson, Hans (1832–1893)

Swedish immigrant Hans Mattson was a prominent immigration booster and politician. Working for the state and for private companies, he recruited many Swedish and Norwegian immigrants to Minnesota during the late nineteenth century. He was also the first Scandinavian elected to Minnesota office. During his lifetime, Colonel Mattson was one of the best-known Swedish Americans in United States politics.

MN90: Kiss Me, I'm Minnesotan

Archbishop John Ireland helped numerous Irish prosper in America and Minnesota. MN90 Producer Allison Herrera talks about the man behind the boulevard in St. Paul. Includes an interview with Ann Regan, author of Irish in Minnesota, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002.

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