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Windy City Times recommends Land of 10,000 Loves

By Tracy Baim
Windy City Times

Van Cleve_Land coverA wonderful new addition to the stack of regional gay history books comes from Minnesota. Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota, by Stuart Van Cleve (University of Minnesota Press), provides a sampling of a wide range of LGBTQ history. Too often our history is focused on the coasts, and this book shows the deep and incredible activism and culture from this Midwest state. There are more than 120 essays, each of them very brief (in some cases too brief based on their importance), providing a road map for those who want to learn more. There are also more than 130 illustrations. Van Cleve mined the archives of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota to produce the book, and Minnesota is fortunate to have such passionate historians working to preserve our history. Van Cleve is a former assistant curator at the collection, which gave him a unique insider's view to this treasure trove. Highly recommended.

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