The counties of Big Stone, Swift, Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle, Renville, Lincoln, Lyon and Redwood have formed the West Central Minnesota Historical Association (WCMHA) for the purpose of cross promotion, advertising and the creation of traveling exhibits. The members of the WCMHA are currently in the research phase in the creation of a collaborative exhibit about WWI that will be shared by the member societies starting in 2017 through 2019. In a pre-recorded report, Jill Wohnoutka of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and Nicole Elzenga of the Renville County History Museum share their dreams for what will come of the collaborative effort. In an in-studio interview with Andries of Lyon County, Heen explores the challenges facing local historical societies in adapting to changing times and demographics.
Author Michael J. Lansing is an Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. For the past several years he has been researching and writing a book about the Nonpartisan League (NPL) -- a political and cultural movement that sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence in the years leading up to the U.S. involvement in World War I. Lansing's book documents how North Dakota and western Minnesota farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics America has ever seen before it was brutally suppressed by business and government interests who manipulated the patriotic climate of WWI to discredit and diffuse the powerful NPL.
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