Francis, Nellie (1874–1969)

Nellie Francis pressed the limits of what an African American woman was permitted to achieve in early twentieth-century Minnesota. She was a churchwoman, clubwoman, suffragist, organizer, singer, civil rights worker, patriot, and wife to Minnesota’s first African American diplomat, William T. Francis.

Black and white photograph of Anna Sheerin Lowe, ca. 1895–1900.

Anna Sheerin Lowe

Anna Sheerin Lowe, ca. 1895–1900.

Lowe, Anna Sheerin (1861–1933)

Anna Sheerin Lowe became Minnesota’s first female sheriff when the Murray County Commissioners appointed her to fill her husband’s unexpired term in 1923. Faced with the difficulty of enforcing Prohibition laws, Lowe fulfilled her duties as sheriff and won the respect and gratitude of the community for her three years of service.

Gown made from a wedding sari worn by Neena Gada

This dress was originally a sari worn by Neena Gada during her wedding in India in 1967. In 1971, after she had moved to Minnesota, she converted it into a gown and wore it to formal events.

Black and white photograph of Bake-Off Grand Prize Winner Julie Konecne (Bemidji, MN) tasting her chocolate pecan praline layer cake, 1988.

1988 Grand Prize winner, Chocolate Pecan Praline Layer Cake

Bake-Off Grand Prize winner Julie Konecne (Bemidji) tastes her chocolate pecan praline layer cake, 1988.

Black and white photograph of Barbara Thornton and Art Linkletter at Pillsbury Bake-Off, Dallas, Texas, 1968.

Barbara Thornton and Art Linkletter

Barbara Thornton and Art Linkletter at Pillsbury Bake-Off, Dallas, Texas, 1968.

Black and white photograph of Beatrice Ojakangas from Duluth, MN and Ronald Reagan at the Bake-Off in Los Angeles, 1957.

Beatrice Ojakangas and Ronald Reagan at the Bake-Off

Beatrice Ojakangas from Duluth, MN and Ronald Reagan at the Bake-Off in Los Angeles, 1957.

Black and white photograph of a breakfast for Pillsbury Bake-Off contestants, Los Angeles, 1957.

Breakfast for Pillsbury Bake-Off contestants

Breakfast for Pillsbury Bake-Off contestants, Los Angeles, 1957.

Black and white photograph of the Duchess of Windsor, the former Wallis Simpson, and Philip Pillsbury sample the grand prize winning orange kiss-me-cake cake, 1951.

Lily Wuebel shares cake with the Duchess of Windsor and Philip Pillsbury

The Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson) and Philip Pillsbury sample Lily Wuebel's grand-prize-winning entry, orange kiss-me cake, in 1951.

Black and white photograph from the Grand National Bake-Off at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, 1950. Left to right: Art Linkletter, contestant, Duchess of Windsor (the former Wallis Simpson), Philip Pillsbury.

Art Linkletter, a contestant, the Duchess of Windsor, and Philip Pillsbury at the 1950 Pillsbury Bake-Off

Pillsbury Mills, Incorporated, CBS Photo, Grand National Bake-Off at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, 1950. Left to right: Art Linkletter, contestant, Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson), Philip Pillsbury.

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