Thursday, November 30, 2006
Today in Minnesota History: 1960- Novelist Ernest Hemingway is admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, where he undergoes shock treatment for depression. A few days later, he commits suicide in Idaho. (Reference: MNHS.ORG)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Today in Minnesota History: 1850- Aaron Goodrich, Minnesota Territory's first supreme court justice, is accused of adultery. An effort to impeach him fails, but President Millard Fillmore exercises his executive power to remove Goodrich from office in 1851. (Reference: MNSH.ORG)
Monday, November 27, 2006
On Saturday, my husband, granddaughter and I went to the Zoo. This interesting animal caught my eye. The first person who is able to identify it will receive a postcard from St. Paul. I think I'll keep the comments private for a few days, but don't let that deter you. Make a guess!!
"THE BEST LAID PLANS..." You folks are too smart for me! When I opened up the blog this morning, I was astonished to find the correct answer...already! And, I thought it was going to be difficult--you impress me again!! Post cards go to those who already correctly guessed.
Today in Minnesota History: 1930 - St. Paul's Frank B. Kellogg wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Kellogg had served as secretary of state during the Coolidge administration and as a judge on the Permanent Court of International Justice in The Hague. (Reference: MNHS.ORG)
Sunday, November 26, 2006
to see the wonderful Rain Forest!
Today in Minnesota History: 1869 - As photographer Charles Zimmerman of St. Paul tries to capture frozen Minnehaha Falls, he is struck by an icicle weighing several hundred pounds. He sustains severe bruises about the head, neck, and shoulders, but none of his bones are broken. (Reference: MNHS. ORG)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Today in Minnesota History: 1863 - The Second Minnesota and the rest of General George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland charge up Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga and defeat the Confederates holding the ridge. (Reference: MNHS>ORG)
Friday, November 24, 2006
Today in MN History: 1859- Architect Cass Gilbert is born in Ohio. Gilbert's family would move to St. Paul in 1868, and he would later begin his career there. Among his most recognizable buildings are the Minnesota State Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and Manhattan's Woolworth Building. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Today in Minnesota History-2006 at the home of Kate Mura and Jim Neher, a Thanksgiving prayer, courtesy of William Shakespeare:
"Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts." King Henry VI, Part 3.IV,vi.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Today in Minnesota History: 1902- The steamer Bannockburn and its twenty-member crew is seen for the last time as it sets forth from Duluth, later disappearing somewhere on Lake Superior. (Reference: mnhs.org)
Monday, November 20, 2006
This school art gallery exhibits both professional artists as well as student work. Because of the light reflecting from the windows, it's very difficult to capture the paintings if they're covered with glass. This one by a faculty art teacher is a good example of the rest of her work currently hanging in the gallery. To view the outside of the school building, visit this blog.
Today in Minnesota History: 1967 -The Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian walkway closed to traffic except buses, opens in downtown Minneapolis.. (Historical information: mnhs.org)
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Today in Minnesota History: - 1981 Heavy snow in Minneapolis causes the fabric of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to collapse and rip. (Reference: mhs.org)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Today in MN History: 1993 - The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota opens. Sculptor and architect Frank O. Gehry won an award from Progressive Architecture magazine in 1991 for his design of the building. (Reference: mnhs.org)
Friday, November 17, 2006
Today in MN History: 1992- Jackpot Junction Casino, the first Indian casino in Minnesota, celebrates its anniversary (November 16–18). Originally a bingo parlor, by 1988 it had become a fully operational casino. (Historical information: mnhs.org)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
When I was without a camera, several weeks ago I was surprised to see this bus on the streets of St. Paul. While sitting in a café on Wednesday, it rolled by. I grabbed my camera and chased it. Why? Because I'll be leaving for a 3 months stay in Mazatlán on January 7, I wanted something to show my friends in México (and you, too!). I've eaten in the restaurant shown on the bus, located in El Centro, the old section where I'll be staying for three months. If all goes well, I'll be blogging, but without internet in my rental, I'll have to be creative. Can't wait to hit the beach! (For two more views of this fabulous bus, click here.
Today in MN History:-1854- The preparatory (or high school) department of what is now Hamline University opens for business in Red Wing. Named for Leonidas L. Hamline, a Methodist bishop, the school suspends operations in 1869 and reopens in St. Paul in 1880, but its original founding date makes it the oldest college in the state. (Historical information: mnhs.org)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
How do young people deal with death? Several years ago the student who is the focus of this memorial died tragically of an undiagnosed heart condition. His friends designed and created this set of drums, depicting his life and many interests. It now hangs on the wall in the entrance foyer of his former school.
Today in Mn. History: 1851 - Montezuma is founded by Orrin Smith, a steamboat captain. The town is more recognizable by its present name, Winona. (Historical information: mnhs.org)
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Today in MN History: 1860 - Telegraph service reaches Minneapolis. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Monday, November 13, 2006
For five years, Fitzgerald and his family lived in three different houses on this block on Holly Avenue, one of which has been torn down. When his father's financial problems began the family lived in an apartment pictured here as well as Grandmother McQuillan's large house, also shown here. Later he used material from these childhood years to write magazine stories.
Today in MN History: 1833-
Charles M. Loring is born in Portland, Maine. As Minneapolis park commissioner from 1883 to 1890, he would be a principal player in the development of the city's system of parks and public grounds. Central Park would be renamed Loring Park in his honor. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Somehow I hadn't envisioned the young Scott looking quite like this. I prefer the statue of the adult Fitzgerald downtown in Rice Park.
Click here and take a look!
Today in Mn. History:-1889-
DeWitt Wallace is born in St. Paul. Wallace would found Reader's Digest in 1922, and his family's fortune has benefited many educational and performing arts associations.
(Historical information from the MN Historical Society: mnhs.org)
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Several people asked me for more information regarding Scott. Check this article for more biographical details. Fitzgerald's mother's family had the money and the social standing, and he socialized with the prominent families in St. Paul while he was growing up.
Today in MN History:-1940- The “Armistice Day Blizzard” arrives with no warning, and temperatures plummet from the 60s to below zero. The storm causes forty-eight deaths, mostly hunters caught unprepared and far from shelter. Fifty-nine sailors on the Great Lakes also lose their lives. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Friday, November 10, 2006
F. Scott Fitzgerald Series: Those of you who are familiar with American literature are undoubtedly familiar with F. Scott, one of our boys. For the next few days, I will show you places where he lived, went to school during his early years, and where he hung out. He was born in this building to Edward and Mollie McQuillan Fitzgerald.
Today in MN History: 1871 - Cretin High School opens in St. Paul. Named for Joseph Cretin, the first bishop of the diocese of St. Paul, the school would merge with Derham Hall high school in 1987. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Today in MN History:-1926- The old Mendota bridge to Fort Snelling opens and is dedicated to the men of the 151st Field Artillery who had been killed in World War I. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Today in Mn. History: 1854-Thirty-one individuals form the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, St. Paul's first volunteer fire-fighting force. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
My wanderings around the city to find subjects for this blog has not only opened my eyes and made me aware of my surroundings, but it also has awakened in me an interest in St. Paul's history. What a gift this has been! This neon sign is in a building which originally was the Angus Hotel. As a small boy my husband used to go there to get haircuts. It now houses condos, restaurants, a new independent bookstore, and shops of all kinds. Perhaps I'll start another career--Kate, the historian!
Today in MN History: 1905- Minneapolis saloons close their doors for "dry Sunday," and no liquor is available for purchase within the city limits.(Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Saturday, November 04, 2006
"Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
This inscription is on the Statue of Liberty that resides in New York City on Ellis Island. This much smaller facsimile of the statue is located in a cafe in St. Paul. One of my former students, whom I was delighted to run into while there, posed with Lady Liberty. Because he is an agile soccer player and one of the coaches for the Minnesota Thunder Soccer team, he was able to hop on a table top to allow me to get full advantage of both him and the statue for the photo.
I mean no disrespect of this icon or to my French friends; here is some background information: Designers: Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, born in Colmar, France, in 1834. The interior iron framework was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, also designer of the Eiffel Tower. The statue's pedestal was designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt.
Today in Mn. History: 1864- The steamboat John Rumsey explodes near the lower levee in St. Paul, killing seven of the crew. Explosions, usually caused by excessive steam pressure, were a common occurrence on Mississippi riverboats. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Friday, November 03, 2006
Today in MN History: 1989-The Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team plays its first game, losing to the Seattle Supersonics, 106-94. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I went to the West Side, our Hispanic community, on Wednesday to see if I could find opportunity for photos. First, I went to the Sheila and Paul Wellstone building (the Neighborhood House) and found this wonderful tribute to them: our Senator, his wife, and daughter, all of whom perished while flying to northern Minnesota on a private jet on October 25, 2002. With them perished 3 political aides and the two pilots. I'm foregoing Today in MN History to pay tribute to Senator Wellstone and the others. Click here to read a published memorial to him and then click on this site to see some close-up photos from the above display.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Today in MN History: 1991-On the three days following the “Storm of the Century,” (The Halloween Blizzard) Duluth receives 36.9 inches of snow, the largest single-storm total in state history at the time. (Historical information: mnhs.org)
This photo is part of the City Daily Photo Blogging monthly theme day. 55 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st November theme, please use the links below to visit them. Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.Porto, Portugal - Seattle (WA), USA [Kim] - London, UK - Greenville (SC), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - St Paul, (MN) USA [Kate] - Shanghai, China - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Twin Cities (MN), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Bandung, Indonesia - Dallas (TX), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Singapore, Singapore [Zannnie] - Budapest, Hungary - Paris, France - Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovnia - Melbourne, Australia - Auckland, New Zealand - Singapore, Singapore [Raymond] - Dubai, UAE - Vantaa, Finland - Oshawa (Ontario), Canada - St. Paul (MN) [Carol] - Singapore, Singapore [Keropok] - Delta (CO), USA - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Queens (NY), USA - Tenerife, Spain - Santiago, Chile - Nelson, New Zealand - Akita, Japan - Hyde, UK - Sydney, Australia [Sally] - Manila, Philippines - Aliso Viejo (CA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Brussels, Belgium - Sharon (CT), USA - Sydney, Australia [Nathalie] - Edinburgh, Scotland - Evry, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Santa Clara (CA), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Joplin (MO), USA - Indianapolis (IN), USA - Trujillo, Peru - Barcelona, Spain - Berlin, Germany - Vancouver (BC), Canada - Trier, Germany - Houston (TX), USA - Joensuu, Finland