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Bernard Arnest – Red Barn

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Bernard Arnest - Red Barn

Red Barn
Bernard Arnest
Oil on masonite
ca. 1949

Bernard Arnest worked and taught in Minneapolis for a decade, beginning in 1947. He first served as an instructor at the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and then as an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. During his time in Minnesota, Bernard painted murals at the Veterans Service Building on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul, and at the First National Bank of Southdale, Minnesota.  Red Barn, the abstracted farm scene shown here, was completed circa 1949 and must surely be an image of rural Minnesota in the late fall or early winter.

-Ben Gessner, Collections Assistant

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Telegram ordering Gorman’s calvary to St. Louis – October 25, 1861

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Telegram from Assistant Adjutant General C. McKeever to Ignatius Donnelly ordering Gorman’s cavalry to St. Louis.

To Gov Donnelly
Oct 25 1861
By Telegraph from Head Quarters
Western Dept St Louis
Send down Gorman cavalry to St Louis at once – they will be provided here with arms clothing horses and horse equipments by order of Gen’l Fremont –
C McKeever
Asst Adjt Genl

Citation:  October 25, 1861 Letter from C. McKeever to Ignatius Donnelly, Letters Received–AGO-QMG. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Dakota language spelling cards

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Dakota language spelling cardsSeventy-seven white cardstock spelling cards printed with words and phrases from the Dakota language.  The cards are from the Santee Agency in Minnesota and were used for educational purposes in the 1960s.

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“How Deeply the Secession Plot was Laid,” “The German Cavalry,” “Resigned,” “and “Captain Smith’s Cavalry,” Mankato Independent – October 24, 1861

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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Request for Appointment to the 3rd MN – October 23, 1861

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Excerpt from pages 1 and 2 of a letter from Robert Neil McLaren (or MacLaren) to Ignatius Donnelly requesting an appointment as Major in 3rd Minnesota Regiment.  McLaren did not receive this appointment, but would later join the military and rise to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General.

“Confidential Red Wing Oct 23rd 1861
Friend Donnelly
Sir: Feeling sure you will have very much to do with the selection of the field officers of the two Regiments now at the Ft. I am induced to address you by letter and place my case before you, that you may know my desires.  I have applied for Maj of the 3rd.  now should Col Miller be appointed and a Republican be named for Lieut Col my chance in the 3rd would be lessened, for a Democrat might be chosen, should things take that turn.  Why my plan would be to try for the 4th, although I should wish to go into active service this fall, and I fear the 4th will be kept in the state till spring.
[…]
Seeing Gov Ramsey is not to return for a number of days, I did not know but you might appoint for the 3rd.  Hoping your influence in my behalf, I am your friend, R N McLaren”


Citation:  October 23, 1861 Letter from Robert Neil McLaren to Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Letter from Katherine Donnelly to her husband re: coming home – October 22, 1861

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Letter from Katherine Donnelley (“wifey”) to Ignatius Donnelly (“hubby”).

My dear hubby – I rec’d your letter to day and am right vexed that you are not coming. if Ramsey should leave Washington on Saturday or Sunday, he could not possibly reach here under 10 days so if he leaves on Sunday (as there is a doubt about it he may even leave later) he would not reach here before Tuesday week.
I wanted to see you very  bad about the fur business.  To make me comfortable and for appearances also I need a cloak more than fur and if you really meant to get me a fur and could afford it, I would rather spend $25 in a cloak.  I could not bear to wear mean fur and I would rather go without, and I know for any the prices named I could not get what I would wear.  I sent the money home for my dress and told Mem to delay sending for a couple of days as I might possibly want a cloak, and your staying away upsets my business.  I expected you would be home and I might talk the matter over with you and if you agree with me and could afford it.  you could buy a draft for $25 and send it down by the Wednesday noon mail from Hastings to our Lib.
If you cannot come and can positively spare the money, enclose a draft in a letter to Lib telling her it is for the cloak, and “wifey says” “if the cloak would not cost as much as that to use the balance in any article she thinks she might need – such as a couple yards fine cumbrie for Spencer and some 10 or so of yds of a good narrow imitation valenciennes lace for little collars or trimmings”.
You see the kind of Cloak I want costs $30. last winter so Louis tells me and I think might be got for $25 now as it will not be so much in demand, and maybe Lib might manage by getting the stuff and having it made if she has time to get it for a dollar or two less.  They call the stuff “frosted beaver”.  I told her whatever she thought best, good and warm and fashionable. [...]“

See complete letter: 1861-10-22_full_text

Citation:  October 22, 1861 Letter from Katherine Donnelley to Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society

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U.S. Army cavalry bit

Friday, October 21st, 2011

U.S. Army cavalry bit

United States Army Model 1863 tinned iron bit with curved shanks and a size 4 port (the curb chain is missing).  The bit has a brass “US” bit boss riveted to each end of the mouth, a broken shank support, and fragments of leather reins attached to the rein rings. The right side bit boss is attached upside down; the left is right side up.

For details, view the bit in our online collections database.

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Appointment of surgeon to MN 3rd – October 21, 1861

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Letter from Henry A Swift (who would become Governor in 1863) to Acting Governor Ignatius Donnelly, recommending William W. Mayo (founder of the Mayo Clinic) for an appointment as Surgeon for the 3rd Minnesota Regiment:

“Saint Peter, Oct. 21, 1861 Hon I. Donnelly Acting Gov of Minnesota
Dear Sir:
Wm W Mayo MD, of Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, is an applicant for appointment as Surgeon of the 3rd Regiment Minnesota Volunteers. I have been acquainted with Dr. Mayo for [our] six years and know him to be well qualified for the position he seeks. He is a liberally educated, accomplished, and skilled physician of successful practice for years; a loyal and patriotic citizen, [] in his Republican principles, and his appointment would [] great satisfaction to numerous friends in the Minnesota Valley. Hoping that you will find it consistent to bestow upon him what he asks, for his own sake and that of the volunteers who should need his services.
I am very respectfully Your obt servant Henry A. Swift”

[Mayo was ultimately rejected as a candidate for Surgeon, but later (1863) became the examining surgeon for the draft board in Rochester, Minnesota.]

Citation:  October 21, 1861 Letter from Henry A. Swift  to Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Renegade Robot Monster

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Renegade Robot Monster

Plastic articulated Renegade Robot Monster named Creepy (TM) from the GoBots series by Tonka.  The toy comes with an instruction sheet for changing the “fearsome creature” from “monster-robot to monster-vehicle.”  As a “weird intermingling of metallic and living parts,” it is recommended for children over 5 years of age.  Circa 1987.

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“Local Affairs” and “The Second Regiment in Chicago,” Saint Paul Daily Press – October 20, 1861

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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