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History Break: Red Wing’s Charles McClure and Minnesota Territory’s 1857 Constitutional Crisis

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Present-day Minnesotans decry political partisan gridlock, but the divided government of today couldn’t match the legislative meltdown brought on by the 1857 debate over a state constitution. Bitterly separated by party loyalty and ideology, Republicans and Democrats refused to even meet. Assigned the job of creating a constitution for the new state of Minnesota, they came up with two—one from each party. But Charles McClure, Red Wing attorney and a promising emerging leader of the three-year-old Republican Party, helps bring the impatient, sometimes violent Democrats and Republicans together just long enough to get the job done.

Join us on March 16th at noon for part three of a six part history break series “Red Wing and Its Place in Minnesota History: Untold Stories” With Red Wing native and award-winning author Frederick L. Johnson, in consideration of four decades of historical research on Minnesota, takes an in-depth look at significant local stories his general histories could not cover. Each topic addressed considers an event, person or trend significant in Red Wing and Goodhue County’s past, and in Minnesota history as well. As always, he relies on primary-sourced documentation and images to illuminate his talks.

This program is being offered both in person and virtually. Click the link below the day of the program to join us virtually.



March 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Goodhue County History Center
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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