Storm of June 7, 1939
Trees being uprooted by a strong storm is nothing new to Minneapolis. The image above is a house at 2310 Bloomington Avenue South. A large Cottonwood tree was blown over by high winds onto the house. Click here to see more images of the June 7, 1939 storm.
Nellie Stone Johnson
This Wikipedia article is one of the fruits of our first Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Special Collections has biographical files, an oral history and a book on Nellie Stone Johnson. There is also a file on her in the old Minneapolis Public Library archives.
Nellie was a pioneer in Minneapolis politics, a member of the Farmer-Labor side of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) in Minnesota, she was the first African-American elected to citywide office in Minneapolis. Nellie was elected to the Minneapolis Public Library board in 1945.
The History Theater in St. Paul will be debuting a play on Johnson, Nellie on January 26, it will run until February 17th.
From the History Theater:
Civil rights and labor activist Nellie Stone Johnson was a Minnesota hero. Her feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political force to be reckoned with on issues of social justice, labor rights, and equality. Renowned playwright Kim Hines tells the remarkable story of a young African-American woman who moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to Minneapolis to attend the U of M. In the face of discrimination at her job Nellie fought back by organizing workers to form a union, breaking numerous race and gender barriers along way.
Has tale of Twin Cities become one?
(via Has tale of Twin Cities become one? | StarTribune.com)
An interesting question. Traditionally, St. Paul has been called the last Eastern city and Minneapolis the first Western city. There was a distinct rivalry in the 1800s and early 1900s between the two cities in population growth and economic development.
Minneapolis-St. Paul by John S. Adams and Barbara J. VanDrasek notes, “Relics of earlier ethnic concentrations are rapidly disappearing, but the religious and moral differences persist. St Paulites, being more dominantly southern German, Austrian, and Irish, tend to be Catholics…Minneapolis is about as Protestant as St. Paul is Catholic.” The headquarters of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Augsburg Fortress Publishing bear witness to the continued Lutheran legacy in Minneapolis.