In 1856, singing prodigy 13-year-old Adelina Patty made a stagecoach stop in Stillwater to perform for the lumbermen, their families and other locals. A recognized hit in St. Paul, she somehow failed to hit the right note with a Stillwater music critic. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In 1963, Bob Dylan was a folkie with a guitar when he appeared in Greenwood, Mississippi, on the front lines of the fight for Civil Rights. At a voter registration rally, Dylan performed his new song about Mississippi NAACP director Medgar Evers, murdered the previous month. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In World War II, the Japanese occupation of the Pacific region cut off a precious kapok, a product of an Asian tree, used for life vests. So the Coast Guard sought an alternative for their flotation devices. An abundant supply of this material grew in Holt, Minnesota. Here’s Britt Aamodt.