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How Women Have Shaped the State

Weaving the Web of Minnesota Society

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.

Color image of a royal purple velvet maternity gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1880.

Velvet and brocade maternity dress

Royal purple velvet maternity gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1880.

Color scan of a dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1910.

Dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill

Dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1910.

Color image of a dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting, 1913.

Dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting

Dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting, 1913.

Color image of a wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill, 1867.

Wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill

Wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill, 1867.

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 photograph of Mary Mehegan Hill and James J. Hill, 1915.

Mary Mehegan Hill and James J. Hill

Mary Mehegan Hill and James J. Hill, 1915.

Black and white photograph of James J. and Mary T. Hill, 1906.

James J. and Mary T. Hill

James J. and Mary T. Hill, 1906.

Black and white photograph of Mary T. Hill with her daughters, c.1900.

Mary T. Hill with her daughters

Mary T. Hill with her daughters, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of Mary Mehegan Hill, Grace Upham, and several of their children at the Uphams’ Lowertown St. Paul home, c.1883.

Mary Mehegan Hill, Grace Upham, and children

Mary Mehegan Hill, Grace Upham, and several of their children at the Uphams’ Lowertown St. Paul home, c.1883.

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