Red Wing in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
National Newspaper Association
NNA was founded as the National Editorial Assn. but was renamed in 1965. Today it embraces approximately 5,000 community weeklies and 700 dailies going into 45 million U. S. homes. NNA nurtures press freedom, upholds journalistic standards, and defends First Amendment rights.
Benjamin Briggs Herbert, then editing the Red Wing Advance and the Republican, conceived the idea of a national newspaper fraternity while leading Minnesota editors on a river excursion in July 1882.
Born May 3, 1843 near Cuba, Illinois, Herbert had moved to a farm near Red Wing in 1856. In 1865 he graduated in classics from Hamline University, then two blocks south of this marker.
Herbert first practiced law, but in 1873 state farmers invited him to edit the new Grange Advance, the "sworn enemy of Monopolies and Humbug" -- especially railroads. Herbert later merged the Advance into the Republican, housed since 1907 in the adjacent
Herbert initiated NEA's founding convention in New Orleans in February 1885 and became its first president. In 1887 he accepted NEA's call to issue its own publication. Until 1917 he edited the National Printer - Journalist from Chicago, preaching "the grandeur, dignity and utility of our calling".
On July 8, 1917 NEA editors gathered in Sheldon Auditorium, adjoining this park, to honor their revered "Father Herbert". Next day Herbert suffered a fatal heart attack. In tribute, a young Colorado editor recalled Herbert's response to his query on how to succeed: "The most important single thing you can do to make your paper successful is to help your community".
Erected 1985 by Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1885.
Location. 44° 33.855′ N, 92° 32.101′ W. Marker is in Red Wing, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker is on West 3rd Street east of East Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 433 West 3rd Street, Red Wing MN 55066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium (here, next to this marker); Studebaker Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goodhue County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sea Wing Disaster / Victims of the Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kiwanis Stairway (approx. half a mile away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Wing.
Also see . . . National Newspaper Association. History of NNA. (Submitted on September 10, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.