Minnesota - Local History
Minnesota Goes to War: The Home Front During World War II
Minnesota Goes to War
The Home Front During World War II
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515064

Kenney chronicles a time when ordinary sacrifice and extraordinary courage happened as a part of daily life.

Brainerd, 1941: The first people began arriving at the depot at about eleven-thirty p.m. The mercury in the thermometer read twenty below zero, and it was still dropping. . . . A few minutes before midnight, the men the crowd had come to see marched into view--eighty-two of them, all dressed in khakis, responding on cue to barked commands. . . . The conductor called "all aboard." The band struck up "The Star-Spangled Banner." The men fell in and marched into the passenger cars. As the crowd surged forward, the men inside the train raced to the windows. . . . Hands reached out and grabbed each other. Final kisses were stolen. The train pulled away, slowly gathering momentum, and disappeared into the night.

For many in Company A, 194th Tank Battalion, the part-time National Guardsmen who had trained at Camp Ripley, that was their last look at Brainerd. Their fate and the lives of the people they left behind comprise only one of the stories in this compelling chronicle of Minnesota's war efforts during World War II.

Minnesota Goes to War records the state's role in the most significant event of the twentieth century. By telling the poignant stories of those who stayed behind--in support of the men and women overseas--this book is a tribute to the sacrifices made by ordinary people in extraordinary times.

With much original research including photographs, letters, and interviews with veterans and their families, author Dave Kenney chronicles the uniquely Minnesotan response to war, from the starvation study at the University of Minnesota to the human centrifuge project at Mayo; from the Minneapolis and St. Paul rival scrap drives to the use of German POW farmhands in northwestern Minnesota; from those who eagerly supported the war to those who protested our nation's involvement.

These stories honor Minnesotans who faced the war with equal amounts of determination and dread, courage and fear in places as far away as the Pacific and Europe and as close as our own hometowns.

University of Minnesota, 1945-2000
University of Minnesota, 1945-2000
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816632553

The University of Minnesota is unique for its combination of land grant mission and research focus, urban and rural campuses, the size of its student body, and the breadth of its programs, from agricultural extension through organ transplants. This history of the UniversityOCOs past fifty years is a narrative account of the challenges and triumphs that have faced MinnesotaOCOs premier institution of higher learning."

Minnesota: A History
Minnesota
A History
Paperback      ISBN: 0393301451
Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out
Creating Minnesota
A History from the Inside Out
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 087351596x

Winner of a Spur Award, presented by the Western Writers of America (WWA), for the Best Western Nonfiction Historical Book.

Renowned historian Annette Atkins presents a fresh understanding of how a complex and modern Minnesota came into being in Creating Minnesota. Each chapter of this innovative state history focuses on a telling detail, a revealing incident, or a meaningful issue that illuminates a larger event, social trends, or politics during a period in our past.

A three-act play about Minnesota's statehood vividly depicts the competing interests of Natives, traders, and politicians who lived in the same territory but moved in different worlds. Oranges are the focal point of a chapter about railroads and transportation: how did a St. Paul family manage to celebrate their 1898 Christmas with fruit that grew no closer than 1,500 miles from their home? A photo essay brings to life three communities of the 1920s, seen through the lenses of local and itinerant photographers. The much-sought state fish helps to explain the new Minnesota, where pan-fried walleye and walleye quesadillas coexist on the same north woods menu.

In Creating Minnesota, Atkins invites readers to experience the texture of people's lives through the decades, offering a fascinating and unparalleled approach to the history of our state.

Ghosts of Southeastern Minnesota
Ghosts of Southeastern Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 0764330543

Read about historic Southeastern Minnesota to learn the myths, legends, and ghost stories that haunt Rochester and its surrounding towns and cities. Visit Mayowood Mansion (of Mayo Clinic fame) to hear ghostly denials from the spirit of Dr. Joseph Mayo. In Mantorville, find out the truth about the haunted funeral home-turned-Opera House. Stay overnight in Lanesboro at Mrs. B's Inn to sleep with Buffalo Bill's ghost or visit the restless spirits at the St. James Hotel in Redwing. These scary stories and more will guide you through the spookiest towns in the region--so be prepared to be frightened

Making Minnesota Territory, 1849-1858
Making Minnesota Territory, 1849-1858
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513738

Eight fictional "Day in the Life" essays, as well as more than 75 historical daguerreotypes, paintings, photographs, and curators'-choice artifacts, call up the sights, sounds, and surroundings of ordinary people living in tumultuous territorial times. An essay on surviving buildings and landscapes offers readers the opportunity to see and experience territorial Minnesota today.

In this lively collection of essays, historians reassess the events and meaning of Minnesota Territory 150 years after its creation. They describe how its birth in 1849 during the growing national conflict over slavery forever changed the lives of Minnesota's native and mixed-blood residents. Reinterpreting the rush to statehood in 1858, these writers offer fresh insights into the roles played by wildly optimistic territorial promoters and the no-holds-barred newspapers of the time.

This book originated as a special issue of Minnesota History, the quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society. It is being published to mark the 150th anniversary of the territory.

"If earth has a Paradise, it is here."--Harriet E. Bishop, Minnesota Territory promoter and school teacher, 1847

The Jesse James Northfield Raid: Confessions of the Ninth Man
The Jesse James Northfield Raid
Confessions of the Ninth Man
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0878391258

"The James Gang raid on the bank at Northfield and its aftermath is America's penultimate rip-snorting horseback robbery story. The outlaws were the most daring and most wanted men in the nation. They dressed well, rode fine horses, were sociable and well-mannered. Conflicting reports arose about nearly everything that happened in the raid and to the participants afterwards. A century of writers made the confusion worse. Mr. Koblas doesn't purport to have all the answers. He presents a book based on exhaustive research that is essentially a presentation of all available reports. He adds much information about something virtually unknown: his research on the pros and cons of Bill Stiles being a ninth man at Northfield who escaped to die peacefully in Los Angeles years later. A masterpiece of historical research. The most detailed examination of a James Gang event to date. Should be required reading for every student of Western history." Paul Meredith, Violent Kin Magazine

Boomtown Landmarks
Boomtown Landmarks
Paperback      ISBN: 0938586505
Market Bar-B-Que Confidential
Market Bar-B-Que Confidential
Paperback      ISBN: 193566686x

This is the story of the Market Bar-B-Que from its founding after WWII to the numerous celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics who have made it their preferred after-hours nightspot over the years.

Abandoned Southern Minnesota
Abandoned Southern Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 1634991753

Join author Julie Bronson on a nostalgic journey to the farmhouses, barns, and other outbuildings of yesteryear. Each structure is unique in character and was carefully constructed to stand the test of time, until they're abandoned. Julie shows us, through her sensitive photojournalism, the progression of their inevitable deterioration. Her photos demonstrate the beauty of structures we don't normally notice, as we speed past them from 55 to 70 miles-per-hour.
Whenever possible, she will take us inside the houses, barns, sheds, and sometimes silos to see what lies hidden in them. She investigates places others might miss and finds beautiful craftsmanship in all corners. She takes her time during these visits, in order to honor those who went before, by depicting the love and care that went into creating these long-forgotten homes. She patiently listens to the whispers of the wind making its way through the broken windows and doors, hoping to hear laughter or perhaps a voice from the past. Step back in time with Julie and join her on an adventure through Abandoned Southern Minnesota.