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Letter regarding the adoption of a “medical examination for military service” – September 20, 1861

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Letter from the General Secretary of the Sanitary Commission to Governor Ramsey.

“Sanitary Commission, Washington, D.C., Treasury Building, Sep. 20th, 1861.
To His Excellency, Alexander Ramsey, Governor of Minnesota, Sir, At a session of the Sanitary Commission, held on Thursday, Sept. 12th, 1861, it was Resolved:
“That the Sanitary Commission urge the adoption, on the part of several Legislatures, of a Uniform System of Medical Examination for Military Service.”
“And that a Copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governors of the several Loyal States”.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s Obedient Servant […] Gen’l Sec’y.”

Citation: September 20, 1861 Letter from the General Secretary of the Sanitary Commission, Letters Received–Other Higher Commands. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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The Kensington Runestone: a Minnesota Mystery

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Kensington Runestone has been a point of controversy, contention, pride, and interest since it was discovered in 1898 by Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman. Reference Specialist Debbie Miller discusses the story behind this important piece of Minnesota history and some of the resources the Minnesota Historical Society has relating to it. Uppsala University Professor Henrik Williams also gives a brief introduction to what runes are and what they are not.

 
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Surveying telescope

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Surveying transit

Brass and black-painted surveyor’s transit telescope used in the construction of the Great Northern Railroad.  The telescope is stored in a wooden carrying case with leather straps and a protective cloth cover.

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“War Items,” Waseca Home Views – September 19, 1861

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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Pistol Account – September 18, 1861

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Quartermaster’s pistol account for Colonel Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana.  Dana would officially be appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Regiment on October 10, 1861, replacing Willis Gorman, who had received a promotion to brigadier general.

“Sept 18/61
Col N.T.F. Dana
2 Navy Revolvers
1 Ball Mould
1 Screw Driver
1 Cartridge box”

Citation: September 18, 1861 Pistol account; Daybook, Quartermaster General, 1861-63, p. 239. Minnesota: Adjutant General. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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“From the Minnesota First” and “Why They Don’t Like Him,” Stillwater Messenger – September 17, 1861

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

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Beyond Fitz, Red, and Ole: Minnesota Literature in the 1920’s

Friday, September 16th, 2011

The Twenties were a very rich decade for local writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair (Red) Lewis, and O. E. Rolvaag all published a novel in 1920 and continued to do so throughout the decade. While the three of them remain in the cannon to this day, the Minnesota Historical Society has identified more than one hundred other novels by other Minnesota writers that received just as much attention at the time. These other writers and novels were widely reviewed and widely read when they were published. Predicting which books would still be in print and read 80 years after they were published would have been impossible.

Come see a selection of these beautiful, interesting books on display in the Library Lobby of the Minnesota Historical Society. The Library is free and open to the public. These will be on display until mid-November.

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Confederate candle

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Confederate candle

Candle made by winding a beeswax-impregnated cord around a faceted glass bottle.  It has been partially used, reportedly by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

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“A Day of Fasting and Prayer” and “A Contract,” Mankato Independent – September 16, 1861

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Snowmobile helmet

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

1994.255.5.1

Arctic Cat snowmobile helmet worn by Lee Busse during the 1990 Trans-World Snowmobile Expedition from Minnesota to Moscow, a distance of 5,043 miles.

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An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs