Black and white photograph of members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service, 1918.

Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service

Members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service, 1918.

Black and white photograph of members of the St. Paul Chapter of the Red Cross, Motor Corps, 1918.

Members of St. Paul Chapter of Red Cross, Motor Corps

Members of the St. Paul Chapter of the Red Cross, Motor Corps, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Red Cross Motor Corps truck, St. Paul, 1918.

Red Cross Motor Corps truck

Red Cross Motor Corps truck, St. Paul, 1918.

Black and white photograph of the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens, c.1950.

Betty Crocker Test Kitchens

Betty Crocker Test Kitchens, c.1950.

Color portraits of Betty Crocker, 1936–1981.

Betty Crocker through the years

Portraits of Betty Crocker, 1936–1981. Photograph by the Cartwheel Company.

MN90: WCCO - How Betty Crocker Became a Good Neighbor

WCCO Radio has been around for decades, but the station has changed a lot since its start. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel explains.

MN90: The Invention of Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker has it all. She’s wholesome, pretty, and bakes a “perfect cake every time.” Pretty impressive for a woman who doesn’t actually exist. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel finds out how Gold Medal Flour created a persona that still charms homemakers today.

Betty Crocker

For many Americans, the name Betty Crocker evokes an image of domestic perfection. From the often-reissued Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook to the iconic red spoon logo that bears her signature, Betty Crocker is one of the most recognized names in cooking. It comes as a surprise to some that “America’s First Lady of Food” is, in fact, fictional.

Black and white photograph of Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Julia Sears

Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Mankato State Normal School controversy, 1873

In August 1872, Julia Sears (1839–1929) was hired to head the Mankato State Normal School. Upon taking the job, she became the first woman to hold such a position of power in a coeducational institution of higher learning in the United States. Her leadership challenged traditional gender roles at teachers’ colleges but led to controversy when the local school board replaced her with a man.

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