How Women Have Shaped the State

Women in Minnesota: Weaving the Web of Society in the North Star State

Expert Essay: Rhoda R. Gilman, a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest and a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, considers the influence of women in Minnesota: the Willmar 8, the Schubert Club, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, and much more.

Nop Ska, Dr. Frank Powell, and Green Rainbow

Nop Ska, Dr. Frank Powell, and Green Rainbow

Seated, left to right: Nop Ska, Dr. Frank Powell, and (probably) Green Rainbow, 1879. An autograph below the photograph reads, “Fraternally and with sincere respect, I am, dear fellows, Yours, “Nop-Ska.” Others unknown. Photograph collection (2006.14), Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association, Lanesboro, Minnesota. Used with the permission of the Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association.

Two Beltrami County Poor Farm staff

Two Beltrami County Poor Farm staff

Two Beltrami County Poor Farm staff, ca. 1929–1930. Mrs. Beaulieu (at right) was the farm's cook. From the Beltrami County Poor Farm records (State Archives, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul).

Painting celebrating the life of Ruth Tanbara

Painting celebrating the life of Ruth Tanbara

Acrylic-on-canvas triptych painting ("Ruth Nomura Tanbara: A Life of Public Service") by HIRO, 2005.

Ruth and Earl Tanbara at St. Paul’s Festival of Nations

Ruth and Earl Tanbara at St. Paul’s Festival of Nations

Ruth and Earl Tanbara at the Festival of Nations in St. Paul, 1973. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day

Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day

Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day in Portland, Oregon, 1935. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura

Ruth Nomura in a flower kimono, 1924. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura and family

Ruth Nomura and family

Ruth Nomura and family in Portland, Oregon. Left to right: Howard (sitting), Paul (standing), Ruth, mother Kiyo (standing), Elsie, and father Frank Jiro, 1919. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura's college graduation photo

Ruth Nomura

Ruth Nomura, graduate of Oregon State University, 1930. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami; used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Tanbara, Ruth Nomura (1907–2008)

In August of 1942, Ruth Tanbara and her husband, Earl, were the first Japanese Americans to resettle in St. Paul as a result of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. They assisted the St. Paul Resettlement Committee during World War II and remained in the city after the war’s end, becoming life-long community leaders in St. Paul.

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