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History Revealed: Booth Hospital

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents

Kim Heikkila, To Bear the Mark: Unwed Motherhood at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital, 1913-1973 (or, History, My Mother, and Me)

History Revealed Series
March 22, 2018
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Ramsey County Roseville Library

Free and open to all.

Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.

For 75 years, the Salvation Army in St. Paul operated a maternity home and hospital for unwed mothers. Booth Memorial Hospital housed thousands of young women who sought refuge – sometimes willingly, sometimes not — from the public censure that their status usually elicited. In the early twentieth century, mothers were encouraged to keep and raise their babies, but after World War II, public and expert opinion suggested that surrendering these “illegitimate” babies for adoption was the best solution – for mother, baby, and a deserving couple facing infertility. By the 1960s, at the peak of the maternity home movement, approximately 70% of single mothers at Booth relinquished their children for adoption.

Dr. Kim Heikkila’s mother was one of these women; she delivered her first daughter, Dr. Heikkila’s half-sister, at Booth in 1961, surrendered her for adoption, and kept the whole experience a secret for 33 years, until that daughter found her long-lost birth mother.

In this talk, Dr. Heikkila will explore the intersection of her mother’s story with the history of Booth Memorial Hospital and the experiences of seven former “Booth girls” with whom she conducted oral history interviews.

 

Kim Heikkila has a doctorate in American Studies, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota. She has written about Booth Memorial Hospital for Ramsey County History and Minnesota History, and has published several personal essays about her mother’s experiences as a birth mother and her own as an adoptive mother. She recently completed an oral history project with former Booth residents, staff, and related personnel, which was sponsored by the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum with funding from a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant. Her first book, Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011), was a finalist for a 2012 Minnesota Book Award. She taught U.S. and women’s history at local colleges and universities for more than 10 years before leaving academia to open her own oral history consulting business, Spotlight Oral History.

Thank you to the Ramsey County Roseville Library for their support of this program.

History Revealed Presentations

Scheduled 2018 History Revealed Programs
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March 22, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Kim Heikkila, To Bear the Mark: Unwed Motherhood at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital, 1913-1973 (or, History, My Mother, and Me)
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
More information.

April 18, 2018, Wednesday, noon – James Marrinan & Bonnie Lindberg, Value: It’s Not Always in the Money! A Look at YOUR Treasured Antiques
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
Registration required.
More information and reservations.

April 26, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – John Diers, 1,100 Streetcars: The Rise and Fall of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
More information.

May 16, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Paul Nelson, Rocky Roots: Walking Tour of the Geology of Downtown Saint Paul
History Revealed Walking Tour
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
Meet at the Landmark Center. Reservations required, limit 20.
More information and reservations.

May 24, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Terry Swanson, Elaine Goodale Eastman: Sister to the Sioux in Her Own Words
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
More information.

June 6, 2018, Wednesday, 10:30 am-noon – Mark Haidet, Walking Tour of the MN State Fair
History Revealed Walking Tour
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Meet at the History & Heritage Center. Reservations required, limit 30.
More information and reservations.

June 28, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Scott Carlson, Twin Cities Beer
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
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July 26, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Mark Haidet, The Minnesota State Fair During World War I
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.
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August 23, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Grant Merritt, Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.
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September 12, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Denis P. Gardner, Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102. Free and open to all.
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October 10, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Susan Bartlett Foote, The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Health Institutions, 1946-1954
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102. Free and open to all.
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November 29, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Daniel Bergin, North Star Stories
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.
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December 5, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Gibbs Farm staff, Holiday Traditions on the Minnesota Prairie
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102. Free and open to all.
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Date:
March 22
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ramsey County Historical Society
Phone:
651-222-0701
Email:
info(at)rchs.com
Website:
www.rchs.com

Venue

Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113 United States
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Phone:
(651) 724-6001
Website:
http://www.rclreads.org/