Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota History Quarterly Summer 2015 (64:6)

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Thomas Van Lear: City Hall’s Working-Class Champion by Iric Nathanson
To the horror of the city’s conservative powers-that-be, Minneapolitans in November 1916 elected a Socialist mayor, a fiery orator who campaigned to rein in the utilities and street railway company. But the U.S. soon entered World War I, changing the home-front agenda and providing Van Lear’s opponents with a spurious but powerful new weapon.

Patterns of Silence: The Prints of Lowell S. Bobleter by Julie L’Enfant
Best known as a painter and art educator, the New Ulm-born artist flourished first in fine arts printmaking. His story involves a superb local teacher, the support of Minnesota businesses, and a special printing press, still in use.

Finding Engla Schey: Catalyst for Mental Hospital Reform by Susan Bartlett Foote
Who was Engla Schey? Child of immigrants, working woman, passionate crusader, mental hospital attendant: a behind-the-scenes activist whose determination led her to stand up and make a difference.



Dave Kenney ponders a strange Minneapolis publicity photo involving the Three Stooges, bandleader Bob Crosby (Bing’s little brother) and a young dancer.


Laura Weber visits the University of Minnesota’s restored, expanded, and renamed Mines Experiment Station in Minneapolis, a 1923 building whose fortunes rose and fell with the taconite industry.

Book Reviews

Scandinavians and Dakota on the Great Plains

News & Notes

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