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The Color of Winter

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Despite sub-zero temperatures and record snowfalls, Minnesota winters can be dramatic and spectacular. Curator of Art for the Minnesota Historical Society, Brian Szott, highlights several works of art from the collection by Minnesota painters and printmakers that are inspired by the season and its stark beauty.

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Fallout shelter water storage can

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Fallout shelter water storage can

Fallout shelter water storage can: a 17 ½ gallon barrel issued by the  Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, to be used primarily for storing drinking water. Instructions in yellow on this cylindrical olive green steel barrel explain not only how to properly store drinking water, but how to convert the barrel to a commode if needed. Manufactured by the Malleable Iron Range Company, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, 1963.

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1963 Andersen – Rolvaag Election Recount

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Reposted from November 19, 2008

Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman explains the complicated events that led to the 1963 recount. A variety of film from the KSTP-TV Archive shows us the players in this newly relevant drama including Elmer Andersen, Karl Rolvaag, the voters, the judges and vote-counters, and even JFK.

 
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For Minnesota news outlets to rebroadcast any of this footage, the Minnesota Historical Society must be credited as well as an on-screen synchronous credit reading ‘KSTP-TV ARCHIVE’. This credit must appear on-screen, at the same time as the news film for a minimum of five seconds and be of such font style and size that it is easily legible to a reasonable viewer of the news film.

To learn more, see Patrick Coleman’s article “No, this isn’t an opportunity to steal an election,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, November 19, 2008.

See also the Governors of Minnesota homepage.

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Bass drum used by Grant Hart

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Bass drum used by Grant Hart

Bass drum used by Grant Hart of the influential Minnesota punk/indie band Hüsker Dü. Made by the Ludwig Drum Company in the late 1950s, the head has handwritten lyrics to the song “Diane” from the album Metal Circus, released in 1983.

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Hotel, Motel, Resturant and Beverage Union button

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Hotel, Motel, Resturant and Beverage Union button

Promoting unionization of the food and restaurant industry, this button was worn by a Local 458 union member and an employee of the Sheraton Ritz in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, 1968.

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Thanksgiving Postcards

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Thanksgiving Postcards 3Thanksgiving Postcards 2

A collection of early 20th century Thanksgiving greetings cards sent between a family in Minnesota and North Dakota, circa 1910-1916.

Thanksgiving Postcards 1

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Gobbles Magazine

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Gobbles Magazine, May 1966Gobbles Magazine, August 1966

Gobbles Magazine, November 1966Gobbles Magazine, September 1967

Gobbles, the Official Publication of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

Top left: “M-M-M dis toikey’s good” May, 1966.

Top right: “Our turkey exhibit at the state fair” August, 1966.

Bottom left: “Thanksgiving through the ages” November, 1966.

Bottom right: “Senator Mondale barbecues turkey” September, 1967.

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Tom turkey carved by Charles Beck

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Tom turkey carved by Charles Beck

Tom turkey sculpture made of basswood by Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck. Beck glues up blocks of the wood to form the rough shape and then uses a rasp to hand shape the bird forms, leaving the surface textured with the tool marks. Beck considers the carvings sculptures and looks at them as an extension of the landscape. These were made in the early 2000s.

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“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game board. Front has boxes that players choose with punch-out circles representing women’s names. The winning name is concealed under the turkey tail in the upper right corner. If you guess the correct name, you “get a 10 pound turkey.” Made by Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Minneapolis. 1949.

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Democratic donkey cuff links

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Democratic donkey cuff links

A pair of square sterling silver cuff links with an image of the Democratic donkey carved on the front. They were owned by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and worn during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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