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“Flying” stoneware sculpture

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

“Flying” stoneware sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross from Hovland, Minnesota, circa 2006. Represents an individual holding a black bird with wings outstretched above its head. Sculpture was acquired at the American Craft Council Craft Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Floral brocade boots

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Floral brocade boots

Floral brocade eyelet lace boot with a french heel rimmed with silver trim. Size 4 1/2 or 5. Circa 1900.

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Mississippi River Log

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Mississippi River Log

This chart tracks when the ice went out on the Mississippi River between the years 1844 – 1887. It shows the date the ice broke; the name of the first boat arrived; its Captain; date; the name of the last boat to depart; number of days the river was open; date the river closed; and the number of winter days.

Surprisingly this was found in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota, Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1870 – 1891, P1035. This goes to show how all Minnesotans throughout time have been obsessed with the weather!

Lori Williamson, Acquisitions & Outreach Coordinator, with special thanks to Marcia Anderson and Matt Goff

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Civil War Daybook – Coming Soon!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Experience history as it happened day-by-day 150 years ago. Minnesotans on the home front and on the battlefield lived through a tumultuous four years. See what we have found in the collections that tell these stories.

The project is part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

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Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead doll made by Funko Inc. in Lynwood, Washington, circa 2000. Lucky is the advertising icon for Lucky Charms cereal, a product of General Mills, Inc. based in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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“Wrestler” St. Patrick’s Day card

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Jesse Ventura St. Patrick's Day card coverJesse Ventura St. Patrick's Day card inside

St. Patrick’s Day card featuring Jesse Ventura in a green leprechaun suit reads “After a glass of St. Patrick’s Day cheer”, inside reads “The streets of St. Paul become perfectly clear!” The sentiment of the card refers to Governor Ventura’s remarks on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1999, that the streets of St. Paul must have been laid out by drunken Irishmen, because the street grid made no sense. (There was a fair uproar after he said this.) Manufactured by Minnesota Moon, ca. 1999.

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St. Patrick’s Day buttons

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

St. Patrick's Day buttons

This assortment of buttons from the Society’s collections represents the annual St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 1968-1989, as well as the Minneapolis celebration and those of several local Irish pubs. These buttons are a small sampling of the Historical Society’s extensive button collection.

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Increasing Online Access to Collections

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

With financial support from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, seven Collections Assistants joined the Minnesota Historical Society in September 2010 to further the Society’s goal of increasing online access to its collections. By digitizing three-dimensional objects, government records, fine art, photographs, books and manuscripts, the Collections Assistants have shared thousands of items with the people of Minnesota.

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Irish in Minnesota

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Irish in Minnesota

This book was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. Authored by Ann Regan with a forward by Bill Holm, it is a concise history of Irish in Minnesota including farming, politics, and community organization.

Available in the MHS Library or Bookstore.

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Flax hatchel

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Flax hatchel

Double flax hatchel used in Germany in the 1820s and donated to the Historical Society in 1923. A flax hatchel is a comb with metal spikes used for preparing flax plants for spinning into linen thread. Flax straw is pulled through the hatchel’s iron teeth to separate the flax fibers. This hatchel has two round combs; the flax would be pulled through the coarser comb first, then the finer one. The finer the comb used, the finer the linen thread produced. The term ‘heckle’ can be used in place of the older term ‘hatchel’.

Flax hatchel

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