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"To begin, this book makes a compelling case that the first distinctive computing industry took form in the Twin Cities. While other cities with significant early computing activity such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, and Endicott or Poughkeepsie in upstate New York were typically dominated by one or two large computing companies, in the Twin Cities an early pattern of "spin-offs" and "start-ups" created by the early 1960s at least thirty computing companies active in the state."

Former director of the Charles Babbage Institute, Thomas J. Misa, drew on a variety of rare archival sources to write his book, Digital State, which unveils the story of computer development in Minnesota after World War II. This exhibit is intended as a companion piece to the book.