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.

Black and white photograph of people stocking fallout shelter at St. Casimir’s School, St. Paul, 1962.

St. Casimir’s School fallout shelter

Stocking fallout shelter at St. Casimir’s School, St. Paul, 1962.

Black and white photograph of civil defense instructor training, 1962.

Civil defense instructor training

Civil defense instructor training, 1962.

Black and white photograph of the Gerlach family at their home during a civil defense drill,1956.

Gerlach family civil defense drill

The Gerlach family at their home during a civil defense drill,1956. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gerlach are shown with their children Margaret (age 15), Steve (age 13), Monica (age 11) and Barbara (age 8).

Black and white photograph of women with civil defense home first aid kit display, 1954.

First aid kit display

Women with civil defense home first aid kit display, 1954.

Black and white photograph of a family civil defense drill, 1953.

Family civil defense drill

Family civil defense drill, 1953.

Civil Defense in Minnesota, 1950–1974

During the extended Cold War standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, many Minnesotans prepared for the terrifying possibility of nuclear war by participating in a variety of civil defense efforts. The civil defense strategies employed in Minnesota changed significantly as the perceived military threat evolved.

Black and white photograph of Alice Ames Winter, c.1923.

Alice Ames Winter

Alice Ames Winter, c.1923. Winter was chair of the Woman’s Committee of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety and the Minnesota Woman’s Committee of the Council of National Defense.

Color image of a poster encouraging women to replace wheat products with corn, c.1917.

The Food of the Nation

Poster encouraging women to replace wheat products with corn, c.1917.

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