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'Goofy Meets Gorby' t-shirt

'Goofy Meets Gorby' t-shirt

The "Goofy Meets Gorby" t-shirt makes light of a meeting between Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, and Rudy Perpich, Governor of Minnesota, during Gorbachev's 1990 visit to the state.

Oil on canvas portrait of Governor Rudy Perpich and First Lady Lola Perpich, painted in 2000 by Mark Balma.

Portrait of Governor Rudy Perpich and First Lady Lola Perpich

Oil on canvas portrait of Governor Rudy Perpich and First Lady Lola Perpich, painted in 2000 by Mark Balma.

Black-and-white photograph of Minnesota governor Rudy Perpich at the Minnesota fishing opener in June of 1977.

Governor Rudy Perpich fishing

Governor Rudy Perpich at the Minnesota fishing opener in June of 1977.

Black-and-white photograph of Minnesota governor Rudy Perpich, c.1986

Governor Rudy Perpich

Governor Rudy Perpich, c.1986. Photograph by Mark M. Nelson.

Perpich, Rudy (1928–1995)

Democrat Rudy Perpich was Minnesota's thirty-fourth and thirty-sixth governor. The son of an Iron Range mining family, he was recognized for his innovative ideas, support of women, and emphasis on foreign trade.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps, c. 1918

Governor J.A.A. Burnquist with members of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps

Governor J.A.A. Burnquist with members of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps, c.1918

Black and white photograph of Frederick A. Scherf's home splattered with paint.

Frederick A. Scherf home, splattered with yellow paint, in reaction against Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr.'s speech, Red Wing.

Frederick A. Scherf home, splattered with yellow paint, in reaction against Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr.'s speech, Red Wing, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Joseph Gilbert seated, c.1925.

Joseph Gilbert

Portrait of Joseph Gilbert, c.1925.

Goodhue County Loyalty Trials of 1918

Speaking out against U.S. involvement in World War I had its hazards for Minnesota citizens. In Goodhue County such talk resulted in imprisonment.

Fragment of rope which formed part of the noose used to hang William Willams

Fragment of execution rope

Fragment of execution rope used to hang William Williams in 1906. The rope was too long, causing a slow, grisly death and prompting Minnesota to end the death penalty. Williams was the last person to be executed in Minnesota.

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