How Women Have Shaped the State

Women in Minnesota: Weaving the Web of Society in the North Star State

Rhoda R. Gilman, a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest and a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, considers the influence of women in Minnesota: the Willmar 8, the Schubert Club, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, and much more.

Karl and Florence Rolvaag

Karl and Florence Rolvaag

Karl and Florence Rolvaag, April 16, 1947.

Beaded book cover

Beaded book cover

Beaded book cover made at Birch Coulee before 1936.

Dakota embroidered miniature moccasins

Dakota embroidered miniature moccasins

Miniature embroidered moccasins made at Birch Coulee and given to Evangeline Whipple by Julia Walker Lawrence in October of 1908.

Lacemaking at Birch Coulee, 1893–1926

The lace-making school that operated at Birch Coulee at the turn of the twentieth century is an important part of the history of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Although the school was an extension of the assimilation efforts directed towards Dakota people in the late 1800s, the Birch Coulee lace-makers used the project to support their community, and to continue a long tradition of communal artmaking among Dakota women.

Members of the 6888th Battalion sorting mail in Paris

Members of the 6888th Battalion sorting mail in Paris

Members of the 6888th Battalion, assisted by French civilians, sort mail at the 17th Base Post Office in Paris. Photograph by Crabtree, November 7, 1945. NAID 175539203, local ID 111-SC-426441.

Unsorted mail

Unsorted mail

Unsorted mail stored in a warehouse in France, ca. 1945. The women of the 4888th Battalion worked with similar backlogs of mail. Local Identifier 111-SC-197654.

Opening a new post exchange

Opening a new post exchange

2nd Lieutenant Freda le Beau, post exchange officer, serves a Coca Cola to Major Charity Adams at the opening of the 6888th battalion's new snack bar in Rouen, France. Photograph by T5/Klosterman, July 1, 1945. NAID: 175539159, Local ID: 111-SC-209179.

The 6888th Battalion standing at attention in Rouen

The 6888th Battalion standing at attention in Rouen

The 6888th Battalion stand at attention during a ceremony held on Joan of Arc Day in Rouen, France, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Photograph by Pfc. Stedman, May 27, 1945.

The 6888th Battalion on parade in Rouen

The 6888th Battalion on parade in Rouen

The 6888th Battalion on parade in Rouen, France, in the square in which Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Photograph by Pfc. Stedman, May 27, 1945. NAID 175539237, local ID: 111-SC-426441.

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