A prime example of entrepreneurial spirit, Susie Schmitt Hanson was a pioneer for Minnesota women in business. As the owner of one of Waconia's longest-running businesses, she remains a prominent figure in the history of that town.
Following the death of her husband and their only child, Julia Bullard Nelson of Red Wing, Minnesota headed south to Texas in 1869 to teach African Americans in U.S. government-backed Freedmen's Bureau schools. Nelson spent the summers of the 1870s and 1880s in Minnesota, where she emerged as a state and national leader in the movement for women's suffrage and the temperance campaign against alcohol use.
Print based on a pencil-drawn caricature of Wanda Gág made by Adolph Dehn in 1916. The Dehn drawing is reproduced in Gág's Growing Pains: Diaries and Drawings for the Years 1908–1917 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1984). Used here by permission of the Trustees of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2013.