Upcoming Events

Board Meeting

Steve Miller
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Highland Park Library, 2074 Ford Parkway, St. Paul


MISF members welcome

History Study Group

Curt Hillstrom
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Curran's Restaurant, 42nd and Nicollet, Minneapolis

We are beginning a new book. Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations (2017) by John Avlon is more than a book about Washington's farewell address. It is a book about the United States in Washington's time and his perception of the problems and needs of the new democracy.

The book is available in paperback for around $12 and the ebook only costs $4. For the 21st we will read Part I and the first two chapters of Part II (up to Fiscal Discipline).

The Weight of Silence: Unwed Mothers at the Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital in Midcentury Minnesota (or, History, My Mother, and Me)

Dr. Kim Heikkila
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

In February 1959, the Minneapolis Morning Tribune published a series of articles about the ailing American family, pointing to the “crisis of the unwed mother” as a factor in the institution’s decline. In October of that year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch chimed in on the matter with its series on “Girls in Trouble.” In 1960, WCCO television broadcast a Peabody Award-winning program about unwed mothers living at the Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital in St. Paul. Sex and the single girl seemed to be on everyone’s mind in midcentury Minnesota.