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New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Winona Public Library


"Light of Learning" preliminary figure study sketch for mural at Winona Public Library, Winona, Minnesota

We are excited to announce that a new partner has joined Minnesota Reflections, the Winona Public Library. The historic Winona Public Library was built in 1899 and serves the residents of the city of Winona and Winona County, Minnesota. It is located in the beautiful Mississippi River Valley in southeastern Minnesota, and offers a wide range of programming for both children and adults. The local history collection includes books, Winona city directories, and the local newspaper on microfilm. The Winona Public Library’s contribution to Minnesota Reflections includes the original library blueprints, the Kenyon Cox sketches for his iconic sculpture, Library Board minutes dating back to 1866, photographs, and historical documents on the creation and operation of the Winona Public Library. The Library also contributed Winona High School commencement programs from the late 1870s and an interesting 1857 map of the City of Winona.

View the collection here. 


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Greta Bahnemann

Greta is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library where she is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library’s primary project, Minnesota Reflections, a digital collection of more than 274,000 images, maps and documents.

Before starting at the Minnesota Digital Library in June 2010, Greta worked as a complex original cataloger at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Greta holds a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, Morris; a M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture; and a M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.