Regional History

  • The Humphrey Minnesota knows took shape in S.D.
    Hubert Humphrey is a political icon in Minnesota, but he was born 100 years ago -- May 27, 1911 -- in South Dakota, where his small hometown of Doland still fondly remembers its favorite son. As he climbed the political ladder, Humphrey remembered his roots in Doland -- a place that instilled in him the values that would define him and steer him toward public service.May 26, 2011
  • Remembering Ferraro's historic run for vice president
    Former New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro died on Saturday at the age of 75. Midday presents an encore broadcast of a conversation with her and Vice President Walter Mondale at the University of Minnesota, about their history-making run for the White House in 1984. Ferraro was the first woman to be nominated as a vice presidential candidate by a major political party.Midday, March 29, 2011
  • From the MPR archive: Mondale announces Ferraro as running mate
    A rough transcript of Walter F. Mondale's announcement of Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro as his choice for vice presidential running mate in 1984.March 26, 2011
  • Mondale on Ferraro: 'I think she changed America'
    Geraldine Ferraro died Saturday at the age of 75. Ferraro made history 27 years ago when she joined Walter Mondale's presidential campaign, accepting the vice presidential spot on the ticket.March 26, 2011
  • Wis. historical group acquires rare Taliesin images
    The Wisconsin Historical Society has purchased 25 rare photographic proofs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin estate in Spring Green, Wis., providing a fresh glimpse into the famed architect's home built about 100 years ago.March 19, 2011
  • Minnesota history: The rise of 3M
    Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer paid a visit to the old St. Paul headquarters of 3M recently with St. John's University historian Annette Atkins.January 11, 2011
  • 'Aunt Jane' to Chinese immigrants is honored this weekend
    A Minneapolis woman known for her decades-long work with Chinese immigrants in the city is being honored this weekend for her contributions as an "honorary Chinese Minnesotan."October 15, 2010
  • Living in a Lustron, the '50s 'house of the future'
    In the late 1940s, a dwelling made of prefabricated steel panels called the Lustron, was hailed by promoters as the house of the future. About 19 Lustrons were built in Minnesota, including a handful in the Twin Cities.August 20, 2010
  • Nina Archabal to retire as head of Minn. Historical Society
    Minnesota Historical Society Director Nina Archabal is retiring after serving in that capacity for 23 years.April 22, 2010
  • Cap Wigington, St. Paul's architect
    Of the approximately 100,000 architects in the United States in 2005, only about 1,500 were African-American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This fact makes the story of Clarence "Cap" Wigington even more remarkable.April 21, 2010
  • Minn. veteran recalls his role in revealing Holocaust to the world
    Red Wing resident Gordon Fisher enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 to avoid being drafted into the infantry. Toward the end of World War II, he received an assignment that would unveil the atrocities of the Holocaust.April 9, 2010
  • The first hockey 'miracle,' at the 1960 Olympics
    Most everybody remembers the famous "Miracle on Ice" gold medal win by the underdog U.S. hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. But 50 years ago, there was another overachieving hockey team that came away with gold.February 16, 2010
  • On this rare map, China is the center of the world
    A rarely seen 400-year-old map that put China at the center of the world went on display Tuesday at the Library of Congress. It will eventually be housed at the University of Minnesota.January 12, 2010
  • Remembering Pearl Harbor
    On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, marking the entry of the United States into World War II. American RadioWorks Executive Producer Stephen Smith has listened to some audio recordings from those first days of war. He joins Midday to talk about what Americans heard back in 1941.Midday, December 7, 2009
  • Schmidt Brewery to sell pristine spring water
    Long before glaciers rolled through Minnesota, a massive pool of water circulated throughout the Twin Cities, and soon, residents will be able to line up at a well in St. Paul, and fill up their jugs with the water that experts say is about 30,000 years old.November 21, 2009

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