Digital Mike: History can come alive on websites

September 22, 2018


I was looking for details on a visit to Rochester by a former president and stumbled upon this treasure trove that’s got me paging through the days of FDR.

FDR’s day in Rochester

I’m a fan of presidential libraries and the historical collections that help us see more about the residents of the White House. I found the day’s details on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to Rochester for the American Legion ceremony for the Mayo brothers honoring their treatment of disabled veterans. But then I realized there are many days and a search function on this Marist College site of the FDR Library. You might enjoy. Its items are sparse in detail, but it helps you narrow in on other sites to get more information. Here’s the Aug. 8, 1934, page for FDR’s visit to Rochester and then a ride on the Mayo Yacht, North Star. Explore more.


Mayo TV

If you had a chance to screen the Ken Burns production on Mayo Clinic recently in Rochester, you’ll want to check out the partner website before its national airing. It’s got tidbits that are fun to poke around and remember. It’s a good stop in case you plan to view again on your local PBS station.


Restricted areas

I’ve been fascinated by abandoned sites and equipment. This site from artist Danila Tkachenko has some stark looks at aircraft, research buildings from the old Soviet era. It’s stark and beautiful, but also sad. Look it over.


Rochester’s subway

A video three years ago chronicles Rochester’s subway system and other areas for wandering the Queen City. In some ways it’s a bit nostalgic even at three years ago, because of the big changes underway here. Take a look.


State Parks

Fall is in the air. Where to go? I say to the woods, the prairies and lakes. Minnesota’s state parks are a great place to enjoy my favorite season. Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ site on parks. It’s a great place to find the gems that exist near us, but also plan a trip to another spot. Make sure you scout out the weekly fall leaf color report, if you go to maximize the enjoyment.


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