Twin Cities Streetcar Strike, 1917

When the Twin City Rapid Transit Company (TCRTC) refused to recognize the newly formed streetcar men's union, employees took to the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the fall of 1917 to fight for their civil liberties. The labor dispute challenged state jurisdiction and reached the White House before finding settlement the following year.

Black and white photograph of former State Representative Gil Gutknecht, c.1983.

Gil Gutknecht

Former State Representative Gil Gutknecht, c.1983.

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 Turner Hall, 1895, site (outdoors) of the July 15, 1917, anti-draft rally.

Turner Hall, New Ulm

Turner Hall, 1895, site (outdoors) of the July 15, 1917, anti-draft rally.

Black and white photograph of Albert Pfaender, 1934. Photographed by the Lee Brothers.

Albert Pfaender

Albert Pfaender, 1934. Photograph by the Lee Brothers.

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