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Pigskin Pride: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Football
Pigskin Pride
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Football
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714877

Minnesota√s football history comes to life like never before. The Vikings, the Gophers, the Tommies and more, this book is an entertaining collection of facts, stats, photos and memories. It includes pro, semi-pro, college and high school.

Bring Warm Clothes: Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
Bring Warm Clothes
Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
by Meier
Paperback      ISBN: 0932272061

This best-selling book is a look at Minnesota's history as told through the letters, diaries and photographs of people who lived it. You'll find actual letters, journal entries, photos and more woven into a marvelous documentary of Minnesota. Discover what Minnesota was like for her people--explorers, farmers, homemakers, socialites, children, laborers, lawyers and lumberjacks. A classic in its 13th printing.

Tales of the Old North Shore: Paintings and Companion Stories
Tales of the Old North Shore
Paintings and Companion Stories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0942235290

Howard Sivertson is a well-known northwoods artist and writer -- a painter with a gift for storytelling. These two talents are again combined in his newest book, Tales of the Old North Shore. Featuring 43 of his spectacular paintings, he spins a yarn to accompany each. Snoose Moose to the The Mysterious Mosquito Fleet, Sivertson tells us about the characters and gives us a taste of the drama played out in the Lake Superior area during pioneer times.

The Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names: The Stories Behind 1,200 Places in the North Star State
The Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names
The Stories Behind 1,200 Places in the North Star State
Paperback      ISBN: 0873514246

Within our state's borders you'll find such exotic place names as Amor and Darling, Fertile and Conception, Comfort and Happyland, Looneyville and Nimrod, Flour Lake and the Diarrhoea River, Great Scott and Eureka, Home and Nowhere, Moonshine and Whiskey Creek, Stringtown and Pig's Eye, Snowball and North Pole, Embarrass and Kiester, Coin and Money Creek, and Chickentown and Bull Moose. But how did these places get such unusual names? Wonder no longer as author Michael Fedo relates the curious and prosaic ways in which a place gets named.

Place names tell a rich history of how our state was settled. This compact guide presents the fascinating stories behind over 1,200 Minnesota place names. Included are all the names you'd expect--counties, larger towns and cities, major lakes and rivers--as well as the curious and odd. Culled from over 20,000 entries in the classic work Minnesota Place Names by Warren Upham, this concise guide is the perfect companion for anyone who travels the highways and waterways of the North Star state.

Murder in Minnesota: A Collection of True Cases
Murder in Minnesota
A Collection of True Cases
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511808

"My investigation of Minnesota murders over the years revealed no new motives for killing anyone. The old ones are perfectly satisfactory. . . . I hope you will find these murders interesting. I regret that I could not report the most ingenious and remarkable ones. They looked like accidents or natural deaths and were never discovered."--Walter N. Trenerry

Murder in Minnesota features some of the state's most infamous criminals--a collection of fascinating and disagreeable characters usually ignored by historians. They live again in these pages as the conniving, clever, mad, or pitiful creatures they were. Fifteen chapters--involving both well-known and obscure practitioners of the deadly art--tell the stories of Ann Blansky, the only woman hanged in Minnesota; the famous Younger brothers, who with the James boys robbed the Northfield bank in 1876; the six Arbogast women of St. Paul, who kept a murderous secret that still remains undisclosed; and many more.

Praise for Murder in Minnesota:

"You should not overlook this exemplary work."--New York Times Book Review

"An exemplary treatment of regional history as revealed by the spotlight of crime. Would that the other . . . state historical societies might follow Minnesota's noble example "--Anthony Boucher, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"A fine example of true-crime writing for all devotees of that form."--San Francisco Chronicle

Batter Up: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Baseball
Batter Up
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Baseball
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714974

This book examines a century of Minnesota baseball, from the Twins and Gophers to the Duluth Dukes and St. Paul Saints. Photos, biographies and memories create a compelling read for any sports buff, with a foreword by Harmon Killebrew.

Secrets of the Congdon Mansion
Secrets of the Congdon Mansion
Paperback      ISBN: 0961377828
Minnesota's Literary Visitors
Minnesota's Literary Visitors
Paperback      ISBN: 1880654016

What do Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde have in common? They, and authors Edward Eggleston, Hamlin Garland, Bayard Taylor, Knut Hamsun, Fredrika Bremer, Max O'Rell, and Frederick Marryat all visited Minnesota between 1838 and 1890. Each of these authors, and Minnesota's Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author, Sinclair Lewis, plumbed their Minnesota experiences in later prose and fiction. Reprinted here are eleven essays by John T. Flanagan, originally published in Minnesota History, the journal of the Minnesota Historical Society, which describe the sojourn of these authors and the literary results.

A Guide to Family History Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society
A Guide to Family History Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society
Paperback      ISBN: 0873514696

This guide is an essential tool for all genealogists researching Minnesota family, local, and state history. Highlighting the many holdings of the society, this unique handbook features a lengthy, annotated listing of resources in subject areas such as: biographical, census, naturalization, cemetery, school, religious, business, court, government, legal, military, and veterans' records; official state-wide death records and index, 1908-96; photographs, personal papers, oral histories, ethnic resources, and local and county histories; family histories, newspapers, directories, passenger ship lists, and publications of genealogical organizations; maps, atlases, and other geographical resources.

Cream Peas on Toast: Comfort Food for Norwegian-Lutheran Farm Kids
Cream Peas on Toast
Comfort Food for Norwegian-Lutheran Farm Kids
Paperback      ISBN: 0961343796