Surveys 130 years of beginnings, expansion, use, success and disaster, as successive attempts were (and are) made to provide power for area industries.
Relays a wealth of information in the coverage of three early county fairs and those who took part in them. Many well-known names and events are featured in the survey.
Details the business college’s history from 1903 to 1980.
Quotes from a popular 19th century song introduce the folk art known as “crazy quilts.” Photos and descriptions of materials, methods, and designs, plus notations on the early artists who fashioned the quilts serve as a fine resource on the topic.
Paints a picture of “the most famous race horse in history,” then continues with the fascinating story of racing and breeding in the Mankato area.
Reedfield ran not one but two successful businesses in the Mankato area from the 1890’s to the mid-1930’s. Reedfield was nationally known for the extensive knowledge and reproduction of authentic Indian designs. She also fabricated, rented, and sold costumes of all kinds for local theatrical productions, schools, churches, etc. Less well known is her role as proprietor of the “Coponanning” and Point Pleasant resorts on Madison Lake.
Chronicles the lives and accomplishments of families who fled war-torn Germany in the late 1840’s, eventually settling in Mankato. She notes the marriages and business partnerships that joined the two families for the next 50 years.
Finds a connection between the museum’s 1880’s schoolroom and a teacher’s certificate issued to Horace B. Perrin, a Mankato resident from 1894 to 1933. Perrin filled many roles as well as that of teacher. His two daughters also taught school and one daughter owned and lived in the Perrin House until 1977.
Describes the architectural features of the library, including a detailed inscription of the cornerstone, laid in 1902.
Continues the overview of “the golden age of the American theater” in 1893 and provides anecdotes of the exotic fare brought to local audiences before cinema “spelled the doom of live theatrical entertainment.”