photograph of a group of uniformed streetcar conductresses

Duluth streetcar conductresses, 1918

The Duluth Street Railway hired twenty-one women as streetcar conductors (or "conductresses," as they termed them) in 1918. Some of them posed outside the streetcar barn at Twenty-sixth Avenue West and Superior Street for this photo taken June 21, 1918.

World War II motorettes

Three of the first motorettes report for work at Nicollet Station, Thirty-first Street and Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, 1943.

photograph of two female streetcar operators

Female streetcar operators, 1918

This photo taken about 1918 is the only known picture of women who ran streetcars in Minneapolis during World War I. The numbers on the hats indicate that the one on the left is a conductor (even number) and that the one on the right is a motorette (odd number). The numbers imply that the women were based at the North Side Station, Twenty-fourth Avenue North and Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.

Motorettes

Before World War II, operating streetcars was considered a man’s job. A 1916 Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) report shows sixty-eight female employees out of a workforce of 4,300, and those few were telephone operators and clerical office workers.

photograph of ruth myers

Ruth Myers

Portrait of Ruth Myers

Myers, Ruth A. (1926–2001)

Ruth A. Myers was known as the “grandmother of American Indian Education in Minnesota.” A persistent voice for American Indian children and their families, Myers focused on education policy. She focused on learning opportunities for American Indian children. She also worked for curriculum and resource materials that reflected the American Indian history and culture for all Minnesota learners.

Bobbin lace pillow with bobbins and paper patterns

Bobbin lace making pillow and paper patterns. Wood base padded with natural fiber stuffing and coved with tan cotton fabric. Paper lace pattern pinned to pillow with metal pins with lace in progress. Ten wood bobbins hang from work, wound with linen thread.

photograph of a lace doily featuring a tipi motif

Bobbin lace doily with teepee motif

Tape lace linen doily; square with tape work in teepee motif at center, joined by braids decorated with picots. Doily includes woven spider fillings and tape lace border.

photograph of a Battenberg lace table cover

Battenberg lace table cover

Battenberg lace linen table cover. Circular net center with Battenberg lace edging. Tape work is joined with needle made spiders and eyelets with needle made buttonhole stitch and mesh fillings. Made at the lace school of the Bishop Whipple Mission, Morton, MN.

photograph of lace makers and their lace

Lace makers at Morton.

Lace makers at Morton.

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