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An Arsenal of Armaments

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Connecticut Arms Hammond Bulldog Derringer

Of over 300 firearms in the Minnesota Historical Society’s holdings, these highlights selected by collections assistant Sondra Reierson exemplify the breadth of the collection.  They span 250 years of gun making from flintlock to automatic and include long arms such as muskets, rifles and shotguns as well as handguns such as pistols, revolvers, pepperboxes and derringers.

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Flowery Girdle

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Flowery Girdle

Bright pink, green, and white floral patterned brief-style panty girdle with an overstitched front panel and a white satin bow on an elasticized waistband. Made of Lycra spandex. Made by Hollywood Vassarette, a division of Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Circa 1972.

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Gourd painted like Jesse Ventura

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Gourd painted like Jesse Ventura

A round, bulbous gourd painted to resemble then-governor Jesse Ventura. Written on the front of the shirt is “I’m “Jesse” that’s why!”. Made by Leta H., circa 2000.

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Thermal mug used by Ann Bancroft

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Thermal mug used by Ann Bancroft

Silver stainless steel and black plastic mug with black plastic lid. Decal on mug reads “AMERICAN WOMEN’S / TRANS-ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION,” and was used by Ann Bancroft during the 1992 American Women’s Crossing of Greenland and the 1993 American Women’s Expedition to the South Pole.

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Thimble Holder

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Thimble Holder

Small ornately engraved brass slipper (less than 2 1/2 inches in length) used to hold a sewing thimble in the 1860s. The thimble holder was used by Joanna Bainbridge Folwell, mother of William Watts Folwell.

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Dinah doll

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Dinah doll

This depression era hand stitched doll named Dinah was a childhood gift from the donor’s grandmother. Made of black stockinette stockings and stuffed with wool batting, Dinah is wearing a blue cotton dress with white polka dots, a white cotton hemmed apron, a red handkerchief scarf in her hair, and black cotton velveteen shoes with black leather soles. Beneath the dress is a bright pink pair of bloomers. Dinah’s face is completely hand embroidered.

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Lingerie Day Dress

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Lingerie Day Dress

White cotton lawn dress with sweetheart neckline, slight blouson at center front, and elbow-length set-in sleeves.  The bodice and skirt are elaborately trimmed with Irish crochet and floral satin stitch embroidery. Circa 1910.

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State Capitol Toolbox

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

State Capitol Toolbox

Toolbox and carpenter’s tools used by William Martin Knudsen during construction of 1905 capitol building. Contains 48 woodworking tools including drill bits, planes, files and two hand saws.

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Minnesota Woman’s Labor Union button

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Minnesota Woman's Labor Union button

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union button in red, white and blue. Date unknown.

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Bringing your class to the library

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Did you know that as a teacher you can bring your class to visit the library? Once here, your students can use our books, audio-visual materials, newspapers, maps, manuscript collections, and public records to research local historical events and topics in Minnesota’s history.

For more information, visit the library’s class visits page.

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