Black and white photograph of Laura Ingalls Wilder, c.1894.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder, c.1894.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls (1867–1957)

Laura Ingalls Wilder was sixty-five when she published Little House in the Big Woods, a novel for young readers inspired by her childhood in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Her book, and the others that followed, made her an icon of children's literature. The Little House series offered generations of children a glimpse into life on the nineteenth-century American prairie and immortalized a sod house on the banks of Minnesota's Plum Creek.

Black and white photograph of Katherine McCaffrey Donnelly, wife of Ignatius Donnelly, 1888.

Katherine McCaffrey Donnelly

Katherine McCaffrey Donnelly, wife of Ignatius Donnelly, 1888.

Elizabeth Ayer's gravestone

Elizabeth Ayer's gravestone at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, Minnesota. Elizabeth's son Lyman, his wife Laura Hill Ayer, and his daughter Agnes are buried nearby. Photograph by Linda Louise Bryan, c.2013.

Black and white tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1880.

Missionary Elizabeth Ayer

Tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1880.

Black and white tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1870.

Elizabeth Ayer

Tintype photograph of Elizabeth Ayer, c.1870.

Ayer, Elizabeth Taylor (1803–1898)

Elizabeth Taylor Ayer's life spanned nearly the entire nineteenth century. In an era when women rarely had professional careers, her work as a teaching missionary gave her more status and independence than most women enjoyed.

Black and white photograph of Female employees at the M. A. Gedney Company, c.1912.

Female workers at the M. A. Gedney Company

Female employees at the M. A. Gedney Company, c.1912.

Execution of Ann Bilansky, 1860

Ann Bilansky was the only woman executed by the action of Minnesota courts. She died in 1860, but doubts about her guilt remain alive.

Promotional pamphlet featuring photographs of Florence Macbeth and excerpts from positive reviews of her singing performances.

Florence Macbeth promotional pamphlet

Promotional pamphlet featuring photographs of Florence Macbeth and excerpts from positive reviews of her singing performances. Image reproduced with permission by Heritage Protocol & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries.

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