Pope County 4th of July featured on Minnesota Reflections

This is an installment of “Digital Delights from Minnesota Reflections,” a monthly feature of the Minnesota Digital Library listserv.

Patriotism is a hot topic in American society. Questions of how much patriotism is enough or too much fly across the political spectrum. Yet when it comes to the Fourth of July, most agree that remembrance, rest, relaxation, and fun are appropriate. Explore what it means to be an American on Minnesota Reflections.

The halls of Washington, D.C. are often full of hot air. But the variety of hot air at Glenwood’s 1908 Independence Day celebration was a different variety: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/pch,582.

The citizens of Starbuck celebrated the Fourth of July with a race: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/pch,582.

Though wheelbarrow racing may be out of fashion, these parades feel familiar:

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/pch,512

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/lfw,45

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The Fourth of July is not the only Independence Day celebrated in Minnesota: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/jhs,512.

Nothing drums up patriotism like a visit from the president, or, in this case, a well-known general and presidential candidate: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/stearns,1578.

President Clinton visited Shakopee in 2000:

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/scott,336

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/scott,335

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Clinton was preceded in Shakopee by another president:

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/scott,189

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/scott,188

Another commander-in-chief visited Duluth in 1899:

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/nemhc,2822

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/nemhc,2126

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/nemhc,2068

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/nemhc,1815

When presidents don’t come to Minnesota, Minnesotans go to the presidents: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/ssc,105.

Though Minnesota has produced several presidential hopefuls, no Minnesotan has ever assumed the nation’s highest office: http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/nico,1444.

This Independence Day, examine your national and state identities by exploring Minnesota Reflections.

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This blog is primarily written by Ann Grandy, Assistant Curator.
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