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Middle School Students Qualify for State History Day Competition

Erin Kjellberg and Isabella Richter will be competing at the statewide History Day Competition on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Their project is on Dr. Martha George Ripley, a licensed doctor who opened a maternity hospital in 1886 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


When choosing their topic, Kjellberg and Richter searched for someone they felt deserved more recognition. Dr. Ripley was a licensed doctor and an activist in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. During their research, both students were shocked to hear that women weren’t allowed to be in hospitals without their husbands, this includes if they are in labor. “We were surprised to learn that in 1883 when Dr. Ripley moved to Minneapolis, she was just one of twenty female doctors in the state,” says Richter. As they discovered more about Dr. Ripley, they realized that she deserved more recognition for her achievements not only as a physician, but for her work in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.


The state competition takes place at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. During the competition they will be interviewed by a judging team that will ask them questions about Dr. Ripley, their research methods, and how their topic influenced history.


For their project they created a website which can be accessed here: