Photo Album 1 (1950s to 1970s)
For the past 20 years, the Council has been collecting and posting Minnesota history online at two separate features—With an Eye to the Past (selected images from 1950-2000) and With an Eye to the Future (2000-2018). Historical documents dating back to the 1860s are also posted on the Council's website.
This year the Council has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society to identify historical images that can be posted online.
This is the first in a series of photo albums that will be shared to illustrate progress in attitudes and media coverage. Please note that captions were changed occasionally to use more up-to-date terminology.
(February 4, 2019)
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has graciously granted us (the Council) permission to display its images online for this project. The MHS retains all rights to images duplicated from the MHS collections. When known, the Council will provide photo credit to the creator of the original work or the current copyright owner. Photographs may have been cropped to suit design and layout.
STAR, June 3, 1953
"New Life for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – They'll learn work like this at Opportunity Workshop."
Through the doors of a white house in Richfield this fall a group of Twin Cities residents will walk into a new life. They will be young people and adults, and their common bond is the lack of what the great bulk of the population takes for granted – normal mental ability.
In the white house, to be called Opportunity Workshop, these citizens will be given a chance to learn to work. There they will do piecework and woodworking, and be helped to step out into the world of industry if they are capable.
It will be available to people with developmental disabilities coming from any point in the country if their families arrange accommodations for them here. Volunteers will assist in operation of the workshop, and professional advisors will be enlisted to help determine what the person is capable of doing.
May 19, 1956
STAR, Nov. 16, 1956
Nine children from the Elliot Park Day Care center – children with disabilities – toured the fire station at Twenty-eight and Blaisdell avenues and had the time of their lives. The tour is an annual activity under Barbara Reuter, director of the center.
Sunday, the Minneapolis ARC is sponsoring a countywide, door-to-door "Friendship" drive for funds to support activities like the Day Care center, a summer camp, education and research into retardation. Purpose of the center is to give the youngsters training in group experiences and to relieve parents of some of the burdens of caring for them.
TRIBUNE, Aug 9, 1957
Nov. 22, 1957
"Help for Ronnie"
The days when the only program for children with developmental disabilities was in state institutions are fast disappearing. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawrence, found when they moved to Minneapolis from Kansas City, Kan. several months ago that their eight-year-old son Ronald was not a "forgotten child," thanks to public and private agencies and the Minnesota ARC.
Ronnie is one of the children who is now able to participate in an expanding program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Last summer Ronnie Lawrence attended the Association day camp at Glen Lake.
On Sunday the Minneapolis ARC will conduct its door to door "Friendship Day" campaign for funds to help people with developmental disabilities in Hennepin County. Throughout Minnesota, 16,000 volunteers will be participating in the campaign.
TRIBUNE, Nov. 19, 1962
TRIBUNE, Aug. 25, 1963
Minnesota will sprout seven new day care centers for children with developmental disabilities in the next few weeks, state officials said Saturday.
On Sept. 1, the State Welfare Department will distribute $155,000 in state aid to help the seven new centers get under way and to inject new life into 12 existing centers. The new ones will be in Winona, Aitkin, Chisholm, Faribault, Worthington, Fairmont and St. Paul.
As a result, several dozen weary mothers in those communities can expect some relief from what often becomes the maddening responsibility of round-the-clock care of a child with disabilities.
Among other things, a day care center is a place where a loving but distraught mother can leave her child each day for a few hours of freedom from his constant demands. Many mothers attest to the value of such relief.
STAR, Apr. 7, 1966
STAR, Nov. 6, 1967
STAR, Aug. 15, 1969
In the winter of 1967, Joe Bartsch, a Benilde High School student, suggested to staff members at the Catholic Youth Center (CYC) that young people could be of service to state hospitals.
The idea was proposed to the administration at Cambridge. While the use of teenagers on such a broad basis was a new experiment, the hospital was willing to give it a try.
Now, after three years of service, the CYC program has expanded to include the Faribault State Hospital and six local centers for individuals with developmental disabilities. These pictures were made at Cambridge.
More than 50 young volunteers participated in the program this summer, some returning for a second or third year.
TRIBUNE, Mar. 26, 1971
TRIBUNE, Jul. 7, 1972
TRIBUNE, Sept. 29 1972
"Working: 110 Outreach Clients. Five clients participate in a Panel Discussion."
Oct. 18, 1972
"Governor's Conference – People with disabilities want their rights recognized."
One of the main concerns of the participants was that their human and legal rights be recognized, and people had numerous stories to prove their point.
TRIBUNE, May 10, 1973
Youngsters Compete In Special Olympics
STAR, Aug. 1, 1974
Picnic for children with developmental disabilities
STAR, Oct. 10, 1974
March 10, 1975
STAR, Apr. 4, 1976
STAR, Apr. 4, 1976
A host of generous Minnesotans solved one of Linda Holliday's problems Friday – and presented her with another.
Mrs. Holliday said Thursday that she would be unable to send her 8-year-old son, Shaun, to Camp Courage because a burglar had stolen the $50 to $60 in change the boy had been saving in two piggy banks for the last four years. Shaun has cerebral palsy and is developmentally delayed.
June 17, 1976, article by Laird Hart
Patrick Horgan, 7, didn't know exactly what it was, but he couldn't wait to get in.
After a helping boost out of his wheelchair, and a few adjustments with a screwdriver, he was all set. Soon Patrick was pumping happily up and down the sidewalk using only his arms and shoulders. He has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Patrick had just taken the first Minneapolis ride in a recent invention called the Row-car, one of three in the United States. Two of them are now in Minneapolis brought here by their Australian inventor and maker, engineer Burt Terry.
The Lossing Orthopedic Brace Co. plans to begin manufacturing and distributing other cars within two months for $100.
TRIBUNE, July 21, 1979