Photograph of Farm Bureau parade float

Farm Bureau parade float

Photograph of a parade float decorated with produce. The float was used in a Farm Bureau picnic parade to promote farming in St. Louis County, c. 1930.

The Farm Bureau in Minnesota

When the farmers of Traverse County founded Minnesota's first Farm Bureau, it signaled a new movement in Minnesota agriculture. In the century since its founding, the Farm Bureau has worked on the local, state, and national levels to support farmers and act as the "voice of agriculture" in America.

Amblard, Emile (1840–1914)

Emile Julien Amblard, known as the "Duke of Clearwater Lake," became one of Coney Island's leading residents. He bought his first piece of land there in 1893. The western edge of the island and a building in Waconia would become his passion for the next twenty-one years.

Photograph of flour mills and grain elevators overlooking Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c. 1900.

Red Wing riverfront scene

Flour mills and grain elevators overlook Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c. 1900.

Late 1860s photograph showing barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

Red Wing

This late 1860s photograph shows barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

King Wheat in Southeastern Minnesota

Minnesota's southeastern counties held a commanding position during the second half of the nineteenth century, considered the state's King Wheat era. In these decades, many farmers throughout the state grew wheat in preference to all other crops.

Ampers Podcast: MN90: My State Fair is Bigger than Your State Fair

Minnesota State Fair employee Brienna Schuette considers whether the Great Minnesota Get-Together can claim to be the biggest state fair in the United States.

Ticket allowing admittance to the Minnesota State Fair, 1895.

State Fair ticket book

Book of three complimentary tickets permitting Roger Sherman Mackintosh and a female guest to attend the 1895 Minnesota State Fair, held between September 9th and 15th. The book originally contained six tickets; tickets 1, 2, 3 and 5 have been removed.

Color photograph of a dress made out of butter cartons used at the Minnesota State Fair, 1965.

Dress made out of butter cartons used at the Minnesota State Fair

Dress made out of butter cartons used at the 1965 Minnesota State Fair to promote the American Dairy Association of Minnesota. The dress has a Bertha collar and center back zipper; hook-and-eye closure at the collar; and a matching lined cape-let with a center front opening and plain rounded neckline edged in rick rack. A band with hidden buttons and snaps holds the cape and neckline in place. The A-line skirt has a waistline band with two plastic buttons and buttonholes in front and an inverted front pleat edged in rick rack. Round-cornered squares have been cut out from one-pound butter cartons representing various Minnesota creameries and machine-stitched onto the cape and skirt in horizontal rows to a stiffened interfacing.

Black and white photograph of crowds at the Midway, Minnesota State Fair, 1963,

Midway, Minnesota State Fair

Crowds at the Midway, Minnesota State Fair, 1963.

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