Black and white photograph entitled "Hanging up the clothes" at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, c.1900.

"Hanging up the clothes" at the James J. Hill House

"Hanging up the clothes" at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, c.1900.

Historic Mesaba Co-op Park – SHPO

A tour of Mesaba Co-op Park given my Caretaker Mikhail Gose-Simrak, August, 2012.

Black and white photograph of Mesaba Co-op Park's dance pavilion, 1937.

Mesaba Co-op Park's dance pavilion

Mesaba Park's dance pavilion, 1937.

Black and white photograph of Elmer Benson and John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park, 1940.

Elmer Benson and John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park

Elmer Benson and John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park, 1940.

Black and white photograph of a crowd of Mesaba Co-op Park visitors on lawn, 1938.

Crowd of Mesaba Co-op Park visitors on lawn

Crowd of Mesaba Co-op Park visitors on lawn, 1938.

Black and white photograph of a Fourth of July festival at Co-opMesaba Park, 1937.

Fourth of July festival at Mesaba Co-op Park

Fourth of July festival at Mesaba Co-op Park, 1937.

Mesaba Co-op Park

Located near Hibbing, Mesaba Co-op Park is one of the few remaining continuously operated cooperative parks in the country. A gathering place of the Finnish cooperative movement, the park served the ethnic political radicals who energized the Iron Range labor movement and Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor party.

Black and white photograph of Nellie Stone Johnson, c.1935.

Nellie Stone Johnson

Nellie Stone Johnson, c.1935.

Johnson, Nellie Stone (1905–2002)

Nellie Stone Johnson was an African American union and civil rights leader whose career spanned the class-conscious politics of the 1930s and the liberal reforms of the Minnesota DFL Party. She believed unions and education were paths to economic security for African Americans, including women. Her self-reliant personality and pragmatic politics sustained her long and active life.

Black and white photograph of Congressman John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park, 1938.

Congressman John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park

Congressman John T. Bernard at Mesaba Co-op Park, 1938. Image used with the permission of the Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm.

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