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.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Louis A. Fritsche, c.1920.

Dr. Louis A. Fritsche

Dr. Louis A. Fritsche, c.1920.

New Ulm Military Draft Meeting, 1917

The World War I draft rally held in New Ulm on July 25, 1917, was an exciting event; it featured a parade, music, a giant crowd, and compelling speakers. The speakers urged compliance with law, but challenged the justice of the war and the government’s authority to send draftees into combat overseas. In the end, people obeyed the draft law, while the state punished dissent. Three of the speakers lost their jobs; the fourth was charged with criminal sedition.

Scan of a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862.

Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862

Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862.

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