“Established in 1972 on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center collects and preserves information concerning the history and culture of the Red River Valley of the North. The holdings of the center consist of correspondence, diaries, newspapers, business records, oral interviews, photographs and other materials related to the history and culture of northwestern Minnesota. The Northwest Minnesota Historical Center contributed to Minnesota Reflections photographs by Haakon Bjornaas, whose work from 1907 to 1912 documented many communities in the Red River Valley, and letters sent to Henry Peterson, a rural Clay County farmer, by former German prisoners of war who between 1943 and 1945 worked on Peterson’s truck farm as laborers.”


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