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Minnesota History Magazine Summer 2023 (68:6)

Minnesota History Magazine Summer 2023 (68:6)

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Editor’s Note
Pam McClanahan

Curator’s Choice
Teika Pakalns and Barb Sommer
Documenting the History of Minnesota’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community

Aimée Bissonette
From Campers to Stewards of Camp Ojiketa

John Rosengren
Hiawatha Golf Course Clubhouse, Minneapolis, Hennepin County

Book Review
John Voelker
Colonel Hans Christian Heg and the Norwegian American Experience by Odd S. Lovoll

News & Notes, Our Back Pages, Take Three

Preserving > Sharing > Connecting
An Ongoing Commitment: The Women’s Organization of MNHS



The Life and Legacy of Charles Schulz, Creator of Peanuts
Caroline Harris

Minnesota-born Charles M. Schulz brightened the world for more than 50 years with his Peanuts comic strip, which debuted October 2, 1950, and featured the lovable—and highly relatable—characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Until his death in 2000 at the age of 77, Schulz completed 17,897 strips, becoming America’s favorite twentieth-century cartoonist and influencing contemporary cartoonists and graphic artists to this day. As Caroline Harris recounts, no matter how renowned Schulz became, his Minnesota roots continued to shape him, from his lifelong interest in ice hockey to his down-to-earth attitude and wholesome midwestern values.

Fighting Words: Shakespeare and Minnesota’s Experience of Civil War
Kevin Windhauser

Shakespeare’s work was a persistent part of the Civil War experience for Minnesota’s soldiers. While there has been significant interest in how Shakespeare intersected with the American Civil War, study has remained focused almost entirely on the war’s best known figures, from politicians to generals to prominent civilians. But Shakespeare’s influence on the experiences of the enlisted soldiers, who did the bulk of the war’s fighting (and dying), has been overlooked.

MNHS Press Book Excerpt
Minescapes: Reclaiming Minnesota’s Mined Lands
Pete Kero

The lands of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota hold both riches and beauty, and over the decades people have approached these offerings in different ways. Some extracted valuable ore while setting aside lower-quality rock for later use; others repurposed those rock piles as ski jumps or built homes on top of them. These excerpts from Minescapes: Reclaiming Minnesota’s Mined Lands by environmental engineer Pete Kero explore the concept of “multiple use,” as well as the implications for Indigenous people who have lived in the region for centuries.

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