On this day in 1867...

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Ralph Waldo Emerson lectures at the courthouse in Winona as part of his tour of the midwest, which would also include stops in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Faribault.

Emerson was known as the man that led the Transcendentalism movement of the mid-19th century, and was famous for his essays and literary contributions.

The world renowned philosopher's tour of the midwest was made possible by local library associations, and while on it he spread the word of which he wrote, specifically individualism and his belief of the universe philosophically reflected as the harmony between nature and soul.

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