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.

Socialist Opera House, Virginia

Virginia's Socialist Opera House was one of many halls built in communities across the nation where concentrations of Finnish immigrants had settled. Used for dances, gymnastic performances, and stage plays, the halls also provided meeting places for like-minded Finns, many of them laborers who embraced socialist ideals.

Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth

Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth

Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth on the Mesabi Iron Range, c.1905.

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range, 1906.

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing, 1901. Hibbing is located on the Mesabi Iron Range.

Underground miner, Mesabi Range

Underground miner, Mesabi Range

Underground miner, Mesabi Range, c.1906.

Mesabi Range Strike, 1907

Tired of ethnic discrimination as well as dangerous working conditions, low wages, and long work days, immigrant iron miners on the Mesabi Range in northeastern Minnesota went on strike on July 20, 1907. It was the first organized strike on the state's Iron Range.

Sokol gymnastics T-shirt

Sokol gymnastics T-shirt

Sokol gymnastics T-shirt, c.1978

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