Illustration of the first State Capitol, Tenth and Wabasha, St. Paul, 1875, showing the 1873 addition. From, Harper's Monthly, October 1875, p. 629.

First State Capitol, Tenth and Wabasha

First State Capitol, Tenth and Wabasha, St. Paul, 1875, showing the 1873 addition. From, Harper's Monthly, October 1875, p. 629.

Minnesota's First State Capitol

Minnesota became a U.S. territory on March 3, 1849. After much debate, the new territorial government chose St. Paul as the permanent capital city. The first capitol building was completed in 1853 and served as the seat of Minnesota's territorial and early state government until it burned in 1881.

Black and white photograph of John Banfill, ca. 1848.

John Banfill

John Banfill, the builder and owner of the Banfill Tavern, ca. 1848. Banfill was a member of the first Minnesota State Senate. Photograph by Hill, Kelley & Company.

Color image of a Minnesotans in solidarity with Muslim Americans against Islamophobia event, 2015.

Minnesotans in solidarity with Muslim Americans against Islamophobia event

Solidarity event held at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque on December 14, 2015. Dar Al-Hijrah's main religious leader, Imam Sharif Mohamed, stands with hands clasped at center right. The Islamic Civic Society of America is a civic institution that seeks to demonstrate the compatibility between Islamic principles and the principles of democracy. An example of their work was experienced on a cold winter’s night in December, when ICSA hosted an event to discuss Islamophobia in America. More than a hundred Minnesotans from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds came to support their Muslim American colleagues, friends, and neighbors, who have faced increasing incidents of prejudice and discrimination in the 2010s. Several elected officials and religious leaders (including imams, rabbis, and pastors) saw Islamophobia as opposing American ideals of freedom and democracy, and vowed to help protect the rights of Muslim Americans. This type of event is one of many hosted by ICSA at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque.

Black and white photograph of Allan Henry Spear, ca. 1980.

Allan Henry Spear

Allan Henry Spear, ca. 1980.

Black and white flyer from Spear’s first, and unsuccessful, run for office in 1968.

Allan Spear flyer

Flyer from Spear’s first, and unsuccessful, run for office in 1968. Flyer is from MN 150: The People, Places, and Things That Shape Our State, by Kate Roberts (Minnesota Historical Society Press).

Color image of a lawn sign used to promote the candidacy of Senator Allan Spear, ca. 1980s.

Allan Spear lawn sign

Lawn sign used to promote the candidacy of Senator Allan Spear, ca. 1980s.

Color image of a pinback button used to promote the candidacy of Senator Allan Spear, ca. late 1970s to early 1980s.

Allan Spear campaign button

Pinback button used to promote the candidacy of Senator Allan Spear, ca. late 1970s to early 1980s.

Black and white photograph of Governor Al Quie, legislators (including Allan Spear, third from left), and constituents with disabilities, ca. 1980.

Governor Al Quie, legislators, and constituents with disabilities

Governor Al Quie, legislators (including Allan Spear, third from left), and constituents with disabilities, ca. 1980.

Black and white photograph of legislators (including Allan Spear, far right) tour the Minnesota Zoological Garden, 1980.

Legislators (including Allan Spear, far right) tour the Minnesota Zoological Garden

Legislators (including Allan Spear, far right) tour the Minnesota Zoological Garden, 1980.

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