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November 6, 2007

Historic Coats from the Winter Carnival

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Historic Winter Carnival coatsTwo historic coats worn for Winter Carnival activities in the early 20th century were recently added to the Society’s collection.

One of the distinctive “Hudson’s Bay” coats belonged to James J. Hill’s son, Louis, who succeeded his father as president and chairman of the Great Northern Railway. James J. Hill supported the first carnivals beginning in 1886. The festival was revived by Louis Hill in 1916 and has been a highlight of St. Paul’s colorful winter season ever since.

The second coat with similar blanket stripes has a long, full design and was worn by a member of the Great Northern Railway marching club. Both coats date from the years shortly after the 1916 carnival and were probably worn for many years after.

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2 Responses to “Historic Coats from the Winter Carnival”

  1. gary sans souci Says:

    I have an 1866 winter carnival souvenir card which I purchased years ago. It is measures about 5\ x 7\ and has gold leaf around the edges of the card. The image depicts the first ice palace in a metallic finish (silver sage green color). I would like to know the monetary value of the card for resale or for donating to the historical society.

    Thank you.
    Please reply

    Lizzie Ehrenhalt reply on January 17th, 2012:

    Thanks for your comment. I’m afraid that as a non-profit institution, the Minnesota Historical Society is prohibited from providing appraisals. You might find it helpful, however, to use the American Society of Appraisers’ online referral system–it can match you with an appraiser based on your zip code and valuation needs.

    If you do decide that you’d like to donate your card to MHS, I encourage you to contact our art curator and head of collections, Brian Szott, at bria...@mnhs.org, or call 651-259-3244.

    Best of luck,

    Lizzie Ehrenhalt
    Collections Assistant

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