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Black and white photograph of a Minnesota Home Guard Camp during the fires of 1918.

Minnesota Home Guard Camp during the fires of 1918

Minnesota Home Guard Camp during the fires of 1918.

Black and white photograph of Dr. O.O. Howard Sergeant in the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard and his grandson, Howard Maxwell, 1918.

Dr. O.O. Howard Sergeant in the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard and his grandson

Dr. O.O. Howard Sergeant in the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard and his grandson, Howard Maxwell, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home guard and Motor Corps, c.1918.

Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home Guard and Motor Corps

Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home guard and Motor Corps, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of Company A of the Third Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, from Duluth, 1917.

Company A, Third Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard

Company A of the Third Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, from Duluth, 1917.

Black and white photograph of A. A. Baker, member of the Minnesota Home Guard, 1917. The star he wears designates him as a special deputy sheriff sworn in during the Streetcar Workers Strike.

A.A. Baker, Special Deputy Sheriff, Ramsey County and member of the Minnesota Home Guard

A. A. Baker, member of the Minnesota Home Guard, 1917. The star he wears designates him as a special deputy sheriff sworn in during the Streetcar Workers Strike.

Black and white photograph of three members of the Minnesota Home Guard during the Streetcar workers strike of 1917. The stars they wear designate them as special deputy sheriffs of Ramsey County.

Members of the Minnesota Home Guard

Three members of the Minnesota Home Guard during the Streetcar workers strike of 1917. The stars they wear designate them as special deputy sheriffs of Ramsey County.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota Home Guard on parade in St. Paul, 1917.

Parade of Minnesota Home Guard in St. Paul

Minnesota Home Guard on parade in St. Paul, 1917. Photograph by the St. Paul Dispatch.

Minnesota Home Guard

When the Minnesota National Guard was federalized in the spring of 1917, the state was left without any military organization. To defend the state’s resources, the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety (MCPS) created the Minnesota Home Guard. The Home Guard existed for the duration of World War I. Units performed civilian and military duties.

Color image of George Powers monument, 2014.

George Powers monument

The tombstone of George Powers, a hospital steward who served with the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment.

Image of Soldiers’ Rest plot at Oakland Cemetery, 2014.

Soldiers’ Rest

A panoramic view of Soldiers’ Rest, a section of St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery known for its monuments to members of the military. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

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