Map of Morrison County, c.1874.

Map of Morrison County

Detail view of a map reproduced in Alfred Andreas's An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota. Chicago: A.T. Andreas, 1874. The map shows the location of the Belle Prairie Mission relative to Fort Ripley and Little Falls.

Elizabeth Ayer's gravestone

Elizabeth Ayer's gravestone at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, Minnesota. Elizabeth's son Lyman, his wife Laura Hill Ayer, and his daughter Agnes are buried nearby. Photograph by Linda Louise Bryan, c.2013.

Color image of the title page of the Missionary Herald, c.2013.

Title page from the Missionary Herald

During the period historians call the "Second Great Awakening," publications such as the Missionary Herald inspired young people to dedicate their lives to spreading Christianity. Young Elizabeth Taylor read magazines like this one before devoting herself to mission work. Photograph by Linda Louise Bryan, c.2013.

Black and white tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1880.

Missionary Elizabeth Ayer

Tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1880.

Black and white tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1870.

Elizabeth Ayer

Tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1870.

Ayer, Elizabeth Taylor (1803–1898)

Elizabeth Taylor Ayer's life spanned nearly the entire nineteenth century. In an era when women rarely had professional careers, her work as a teaching missionary gave her more status and independence than most women enjoyed.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 1701 Oak Park Avenue in Minneapolis, c.1940.

Emanuel Cohen Center, 1701 Oak Park Avenue, Minneapolis

The exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 1701 Oak Park Avenue in Minneapolis, c.1940. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 909 Elwood Avenue in Minneapolis, 1925.

Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center, 909 Elwood Avenue, Minneapolis

The exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 909 Elwood Avenue in Minneapolis, 1925.

Black and white photograph of staff of the Emanuel Cohen Center in Minneapolis, 1948.

Staff at the Emanuel Cohen Center, Minneapolis

Staff of the Emanuel Cohen Center in Minneapolis, 1948.

Black and white photograph of children being weighed at the Emanuel Cohen Center Clinic in Minneapolis, c.1925.

Children being weighed at Emanuel Cohen Center Clinic, Minneapolis

Children being weighed at the Emanuel Cohen Center Clinic in Minneapolis, c.1925.

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