Regional History

  • Two Minnesotans who boarded buses for civil rights
    Forty-six years ago, seven white Minnesotans became part of civil rights history. The Freedom Riders rode buses through the deep South and pressured states to comply with a Supreme Court desegregation ruling. Voices of Minnesota profiles two of them: Marv Davidov and Claire O'Connor.Midday, June 19, 2007
  • Buildings of the Twin Cities
    A tour of the delights and the disappointments of the Twin Cities' architectural landscape.Midday, June 14, 2007
  • Thousands pay tribute to WWII vets at Capitol memorial dedication
    Thousands of veterans and their families attended the official dedication of Minnesota's new WWII Memorial at the Capitol on Saturday.June 9, 2007
  • Family finds grave of World War II soldier -- 63 years later
    On this 63rd anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal time during World War II, we have a story of a soldier from Plainview, Minn. who died in France in the weeks following the invasion of Normandy. Two of his survivors share his story, and tell us why it took his family 63 years to find his grave.June 6, 2007
  • Hundreds turn out for Mancini funeral
    For decades, Nick Mancini's restaurant has been a favored spot for politicians and the working people of St. Paul.June 5, 2007
  • Iwo Jima veterans gather at Memorial Day event
    Thousands of Minnesotans attended Memorial Day services to remember and honor those who served in the U.S. military. A groundbreaking at Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield brought together a handful of Iwo Jima veterans including Chuck Lindberg, the last surviving member of the group of Marines who raised the first American flag at Iwo Jima.May 28, 2007
  • The life of retired judge Gerald Heaney
    President Bush signed legislation recently officially renaming the federal building in Duluth the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building. Heaney, who retired as a federal judge last year, was responsible for many important rulings, particularly in the area of desegregation. He also endured fierce combat in World War II.Midday, May 25, 2007
  • Froehlich, designer of Alvin deep-sea vessel, dies at 84
    Harold E. Froehlich, who designed a deep-sea vessel used in the search for ocean life forms as well as the Titanic, died this month. He was 84. Froehlich's worked for General Mills and 3M.May 23, 2007
  • We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people
    Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer talks with historian Bruce White, the author of "We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people."May 22, 2007
  • Two Minnesotans touched by WWII; two strikingly different stories
    For Frank Ario, World War II was a scene of death and destruction. He fought through and survived the Battle of the Bulge, one of the war's major campaigns. For Rita Stallman, who joined the Signal Corps in Washington, it was an opportunity to broaden her horizons and experience life.Midday, May 18, 2007
  • Cabins of Minnesota
    Cabin life is celebrated in a new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. "Cabins of Minnesota" is the latest in a series of books featuring photographs by Doug Ohman. MPR's Cathy Wurzer explores the cabins in this Flash presentation.May 15, 2007
  • E.J. Dionne pays tribute to E.J. McCarthy
    In a speech at St. John's University this month, Washington Post syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne paid tribute to a Minnesotan who changed history. Eugene McCarthy was the Minnesota Senator whose 1968 anti-Vietnam war presidential campaign forced the end of Lyndon Johnson's re-election bid and galvanized America's youth movement.Midday, April 26, 2007
  • Red River Flood, a look back and forward
    Ten years after the Red River flood, the memories of long days and nights fighting water and fire have not faded. But some say the area has rebounded better than anyone would have thought.Midmorning, April 18, 2007
  • Memories of Jackie Robinson
    April 15 is the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, when he broke Major League Baseball's color barrier. A Twin Cities resident shares his memories of Robinson, and their friendship that lasted more than 20 years.April 13, 2007
  • Women's poetry collected in new book
    Poetry readers in Duluth are celebrating the appearance of a new book. It's a collection of poems by Minnesota women, going all the way back to pioneer days. It's called "To Sing Along the Way."March 23, 2007

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