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Black and white photograph of Mary Mehegan Hill speaking at a St. Paul event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s departure for Civil War duty, 1911.. Hill presented a duplicate of an old Regimental flag to the group.

Mary Mehegan Hill

Mary Mehegan Hill speaking at a St. Paul event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s departure for Civil War duty, 1911. Hill presented a duplicate of an old Regimental flag to the group.

Black and white scan of a newspaper cartoon advertising the involvement of women in the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the New Ulm Review, August 8, 1917.

Food Training Camp advertisement for women

Newspaper cartoon advertising the involvement of women in the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the New Ulm Review, August 8, 1917.

Black and white scan of a newspaper cartoon advertising the involvement of children in the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the Willmar Tribune, August 15, 1917.

Food Training Camp cartoon for children

Newspaper cartoon advertising the involvement of children in the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the Willmar Tribune, August 15, 1917.

Black and white scan of a newspaper cartoon advertising the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the St. Paul Appeal, August 4, 1917.

Advertisement for Food Training Camp

Newspaper cartoon advertising the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the St. Paul Appeal, August 4, 1917.

Black and white newspaper cartoon by Hart Kaiser advertising the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the Bemidji Daily Pioneer, August 18, 1917.

Food Training Camp Advertisement

Newspaper cartoon by Hart Kaiser advertising the Food Training Camp at the Minnesota State Fair. Image is from the Bemidji Daily Pioneer, August 18, 1917.

Black and white photograph of a recruiting office for the 1st Minnesota Infantry Brigade, 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Recruiting tent for the First Minnesota Infantry Brigade at the Minnesota State Fair

Recruiting office for the 1st Minnesota Infantry Brigade, 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Black and white photograph of a Red Cross booth ("Let the Spirit of America Equal the Spirit of Belgium") at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Red Cross booth at 1917 Minnesota State Fair

Red Cross booth ("Let the Spirit of America Equal the Spirit of Belgium") at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair, 1917

Since its founding in 1859, the Minnesota State Fair had been an essential yearly tradition in the agricultural state. However, after the United States entered World War I in 1917, the fair took on an entirely new significance. Organizers reframed the event as a “Food Training Camp” that showed Minnesotans how to produce and conserve resources vital to the Allied war effort.

Color image of a fallout shelter water storage can, c.1950s.

Fallout shelter water storage can

Fallout shelter water storage can, c.1950s.

Color image of an emergency preparedness kit assembled by a family in Minnetonka.

Emergency preparedness kit

Emergency preparedness kit assembled by a family in Minnetonka, c.1960s.

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