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Tiffany studios vase

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Tiffany studios vase

Tiffany Studios ovoid vase of opaque glass with an iridescent exterior of light yellowish green, medium reddish purple, metallic gold, and strong blue. “L.C.T.” and “U744″ are etched into the base. Circa 1904.

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“Latest News,” “Camp of the 2nd Minnesota Volunteers,” and “The Great Army,” The Rochester City Post – January 25, 1862

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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History on Ice!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Ice skating has long been part of Minnesota’s identity and winter traditions. In this podcast we examine the beginnings of the sport in the state as well as some early innovators who had national and worldwide impact. Enjoy the history, and then get out there – the ice is perfect!
Sondra Reierson


 
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Music credit:  Chabrier – España ft. NE Iowa high school musicians (Jason Weinberger & the WCFSO) / CC BY 3.0

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Prince single record sleeve

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Prince record sleeve (front)

45 rpm (7-inch) vinyl record picture sleeve of Prince’s “U Got the Look” backed with “Housequake.”  The single was released in 1987 on Prince’s Paisley Park imprint label and distributed through Warner Brothers Records.  ”U Got the Look” is the first track on the second disc of Prince’s double album “Sign ‘☮’ the Times.”

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State Arsenal / MN Volunteer Militia supply lists – January 24, 1862

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Transcription of a list of supplies received by the State Arsenal from Captain B. Chambers of the Minnesota Volunteer Militia:

“State Arsenal in ass [association] with the Volunteer Militia and others
1862
[…]
[Jany] 24  To Ordnance and ordnance stores rec’d Jany 17th of Capt. B. Chambers Owatonna Rifle[,] Grays 9th Regt[,] 2 Brig.[,] 1 Division M.V.M. [Minnesota Volunteer Militia]
60 Brown Percussion Rifles pattern 1844
58 [Gun] Wipers
30 Screw Drivers
6 Ball Screws
3 Spring Vises
4 Bullet Moulds
60 Cartridge Boxes with Plates
60 Cap Pouches
60 Waist Belts
59 Plates
60 Gun Slings
4 Packing Boxes”

Citation: January 9, 1862, Supply list; Daybook, Quartermaster General, 1861-1863, p. 201. Minnesota: Adjutant General. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Prohibition-era flask

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Prohibition-era flask
Flask used in St. Paul, Minnesota during Prohibition (1920-1933).  The silverplated metal hip flask is covered in faux reptile skin and was manufactured by the Apollo Silver Company of New York, New York.

For more details, view the flask in our online collections catalog.

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“News Items,” and “Our War Correspondence,” Taylor Falls Reporter – January 23, 1862

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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“Summary of News” and “Local,” Northfield Telegraph – January 22, 1862

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

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Letter describing Federal Victory at Battle of Mill Springs/Logan’s Cross Roads – January 21, 1862

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Photocopy and typed transcription of a letter from Alexander Wilkin of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment to his father from Camp Hamilton.  Wilkin gives a detailed account of the Battle of Mill Springs/Logan’s Cross Roads, an important Federal victory on January 19, 1862.

See full letter: 1862-01-21_full_text

See full transcript of letter: 1862-01-21_transcript

Citation:  January 21, 1862 Letter from Alexander Wilkin to his father, Correspondence 1862. Alexander Wilkin and Family Papers, 1770-1965. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Civil War surgical instruments

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Civil War surgical instruments

Civil War surgeon’s kit containing twenty-one surgical instruments in a walnut case with brass fittings.  The kit was used by William H. Leonard, M.D. of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment, Company F&S.  The instruments have steel hardware and checkered ebony handles.  Contents include: two bone saws; forceps; scalpel; bone nippers; tourniquet with brass compress and red canvas strap; flexible saw blade with linked teeth and detachable handles; surgical wire; two brass scarificators with a detachable handle; and an envelope containing eight suture needles.

For more details, view the kit in our online collections database.

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