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Minnesota History Quarterly Winter 2016 (65:4)

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  • Approaching the Capitol: The Story of the Minnesota State Capitol Mall by Marjorie Pearson
  • The Minnesota State Capitol: A 1905 Masterpiece Restored to Its Original Grandeur by Denis Gardner
  • “No Nekkid Lady!”: The Controversy Over Alonzo Hauser’s Promise of Youth Sculpture by Martin Zanger

ARTICLES

Approaching the Capitol: The Story of the Minnesota State Capitol Mall

by Marjorie Pearson

Before the state capitol was even completed, Cass Gilbert was advocating for a grand capitol approach that would do justice to his building’s design. It took decades before city and state interests would align to partially realize his vision of landscaped grand boulevards surrounded by broad areas of lawn.

The Minnesota State Capitol: A 1905 Masterpiece Restored to Its Original Grandeur

by Denis Gardner

A look behind the scaffolding at the massive effort that went into the three plus-year comprehensive restoration of the state capitol, the largest since the building was originally constructed.

“No Nekkid Lady!”: The Controversy Over Alonzo Hauser’s Promise of Youth Sculpture

by Martin Zanger

Examining the drawn-out dispute over a sculpture commissioned as part of the post–World War II Veterans Service Building on the Capitol Mall reveals broader issues that often arise when governmental bodies make aesthetic decisions.

DEPARTMENTS

Eyewitness

The meaning of a postcard portraying an empty highway outside of Austin has shifted over time for Brad Zellar.

Landmarks

Amy Jo Hahn visits the tiny Fillmore County town of Mabel and its eponymous claim to fame, “Minnesota’s oldest continuously running hotel.”

Back Space

A gathering of reviews, your letters, news and notes, and a new feature, Our Back Pages, which mines the archives of Minnesota History

Book Reviews

Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota 1865–1912
Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury
We Are What We Drink: The Temperance Battle in Minnesota

Letters

News & Notes

Our Back Pages

About the cover…

The south facade of the Minnesota State Capitol building is fully under construction on May 21, 2015, part of a three-plus year major restoration that concludes in 2017. Photo courtesy Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project.

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