Sauna stove

Sauna stove

Sauna stove, 1974. Photographer: Matti E. Kaups.

Sauna made of logs, Pelican Lake

Sauna made of logs, Pelican Lake

Abandoned log savusauna similar to the one in Cokato, Pelican Lake, 1964.

Chimneyless Savu Sauna near Markham, St. Louis County

Chimneyless Savu Sauna near Markham, St. Louis County

Chimneyless savusauna on an old homestead site near Markham, St. Louis County, c.1950. Photographer: Mesabi Daily News.

Interior of Finnish Bath House, New York Mills, Minn.

Interior of Finnish Bath House, New York Mills, Minn.

Engraving of the interior of the Finnish Bath House in New York Mills, Minnesota, 1889.

Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson Sauna, Cokato

Often, the first structure built by Finnish immigrants to Minnesota was a sauna. That was the case with the Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson sauna in Cokato—the oldest savusauna, or smoke sauna, still existing in Minnesota and likely in the United States.

Strauss skate blades

Strauss skate blades

Ice skate blades made by J.E. Strauss, 1887-1900.

Strauss Ice Skates

Strauss Ice Skates were made by hand at Strauss Skate Shop in St. Paul for almost 100 years. They were popular with professional and amateur skaters in the United States and other countries because of their consistent high quality, which was achieved through a secret hardening process.

Pipestone Indian Training School Baseball Team

Pipestone Indian Training School—a boarding school in Pipestone, Minnesota, for Dakota and Ojibwe boys and girls—fielded popular and often successful student baseball teams from 1893 until the 1920s.

Strauss figure skates

Strauss figure skates

Women's figure skates made at Strauss Skates for J.E. Strauss Sr.'s granddaughter.

Strauss figure skate blades

Strauss figure skate blades

Last pair of skate blades made by Strauss Skates, 1981.

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