Sweet Harmonies from Little Wooden Boxes: Mandolin Playing in Minneapolis and St. Paul
The mandolin, initially popularized by Italian immigrants, became hugely popular in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis between 1890 and 1920. The instrument attracted musicians of both sexes from various ethnic and socioeconomic groups, many of whom joined mandolin orchestras. Because it was affordable and relatively easy to play, many amateur musicians were drawn to the mandolin, but a number of professional mandolinists in the area were highly respected as teachers and soloists. See also the cover photo and front matter for this issue of Minnesota History, which relate to this article (available through JSTOR at http://www.jstor.org/stable/20188240).
Kreitzer, Amy. "Sweet Harmonies from Little Wooden Boxes: Mandolin Playing in Minneapolis and St. Paul" Minnesota History 57.5 (2001): 218-237.