Voices of Minnesota

Forest History Oral History Project


DATE: 1954-1955, 1975-1977

INTERVIEWERS: John Esse, Stan Johnson, Allen Nevins, Louis M. Starr, Bruce Sunbauer and Robert C. Wheeler

The Forest History Oral History Project is a group of 52 interviews conducted and compiled by John Esse on the history of northern Minnesota. These interviews capture the lives of people who homesteaded, or came north to work in the lumber industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While some came from Europe and others from around the Midwest, their stories have a consistent message of community, hard work, and the nature surrounding them in northern Minnesota.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 63 hours 12 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 1,272 pages