Muus v. Muus

Divorce in Minnesota's nineteenth century Norwegian-Lutheran community was a rarity. Legal separation between a leading pastor and his wife was unheard of. But an 1879 court case in Holden Township led to both those outcomes, and triggered a public debate about married women's legal rights.

An Overview of Goodhue County History

In March 1853 Goodhue County was created by Minnesota's territorial legislature. It was formed from the original Wabasha County, which lay between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Color image of "Remember 'The WILLMAR 8' Chimera Theatre Nov. 12" button, 1980.

Willmar 8 button

"Remember 'The WILLMAR 8' Chimera Theatre Nov. 12" button, 1980.

Black and white photograph of the Willmar 8 on strike, c.1977

Willmar 8, striking bank employees in Willmar

Photograph of the Willmar 8's picket line c.1977.

The Willmar 8 Bank Strike

For nearly two years, eight female employees of Willmar's Citizens National Bank, dubbed the Willmar 8, picketed in front of their downtown workplace seeking pay equity. They never got pay increases, they never got strike-related compensation, and after the strike, only one woman returned to work at the bank for more than a few months. But for the women's movement, the 1977-1979 strike was a resounding success. It was a chink in the armor of the institutional sexism women faced in the workplace.

Black and white Triple exposure of Susie Schmitt Hanson seated at a table.

Susie Schmitt Hanson

Triple exposure of Susie Schmitt Hanson seated at a table : back to audience, standing behind table working and seated to right of table. Each exposure shows her in a different outfit.

Black and white photograph of Susie Schmitt Hanson is seated wearing a light-colored long-sleeve floor-length dress.

Mrs. Susie Schmitt Hanson Inside Her House

Susie Schmitt Hanson is seated wearing a light-colored long-sleeve floor-length dress.

Black and white photograph of Susie Schmitt Hanson's  millinery store, on the corner Main and Olive in Waconia.

Susie Hanson Store

Susie Schmitt Hanson's millinery store, on the corner Main and Olive in Waconia.

Black and white photograph of Susie Schmitt Hanson pictured at age eighty-five with a birthday cake, c.1945.

Susie Schmidt Hanson, age eighty-five

Susie Schmitt Hanson pictured at age eighty-five with a birthday cake, c.1945.

Black and white photograph of Susie Hanson Smith With Button Collection.

Susie Hanson Smith With Button Collection

Woman standing wearing dark dress and an apron covered with buttons. A table showing her button collection on the right, 1930s or 1940s.

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