Gorbachev visit hanky

Gorbachev visit hanky

Souvenir handkerchief, manufacturer unknown, 1990. The commemorates a visit to Minnesota by Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, in 1990.

"Welcome Gorbachev" button and flag

"Welcome Gorbachev" button and flag

"Welcome Gorbachev" button and flag manufactured in Minnesota and worn to commemorate the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev to the Twin Cities in 1990.

MN90: Minnesota's GLBT Champion

Allan Spear accomplished a lot in his three decades in the Minnesota Senate. But it’s the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act that he would call his “proudest legislative victory.” MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel finds out how one of the first openly gay Americans serving in elected office made Minnesota proud.

Honeycutt, Prince Albert (1852–1924)

Born into slavery in 1852, Prince Honeycutt set a course for himself that led from Civil War battlefields in Tennessee to freedom in the North. He settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, in 1872, and his accomplishments there were milestones in the state’s history: the first Black professional baseball player, the first Black firefighter, and the first Black person to run for mayor. In addition, he used his business and leadership skills to assist other Black people moving from the Jim Crow South to rural Minnesota.

Women in Minneapolis History: Nellie Stone Johnson

Nellie Stone Johnson was a labor organizer, activist, and the first Black elected official in Minneapolis. Hear what she has to say about her work in this video.

Members of the National Woman’s Party picketing for suffrage

Members of the National Woman’s Party picketing for suffrage

Members of the National Woman’s Party picketing for suffrage in front of the White House on March 4, 1917. Photograph by Harris and Ewing. Records of the National Woman’s Party, Library of Congress. Public domain.

Alice Paul

Alice Paul

Alice Paul, 1915. Paul worked closely with Minnesota suffragist Bertha Moller in the 1910s. Photograph by Harris and Ewing. Harris and Ewing collection, Library of Congress. Public domain.

Moller (Delin), Bertha Berglin, 1888–1951

Bertha Berglin Moller (Delin), jailed twice in Washington, DC, for leading a hunger strike, was one of Minnesota’s most passionate and fiery woman suffragists. Following passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Moller continued her activism by advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment and women’s labor rights. A modern woman for the 1920s, Moller became a lawyer, divorced, remarried, and supported herself throughout her life.

Brian Coyle with the first domestic partners to register in Minnesota, 1991

Brian Coyle with the first domestic partners to register in Minnesota, 1991

Brian Coyle poses with the first two couples to register their domestic partnership in Minnesota in 1991.Pictured are, left to right, Marie Hanson, Ann Monson, Brian Coyle, Lyle Rossman, and Wallace Swan. From the folder “Domestic Partners Registration 1991” in box 10 of the Brian J. Coyle papers, 1960–2001, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Brian Coyle, 1984–1986

Brian Coyle, 1984–1986

Brian Coyle between 1984 and 1986. From scrapbook vol. 4 in box 12 of the Brian J. Coyle papers, 1960–2001, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

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