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Anti-John F. Kennedy board game

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Anti-J.F.K board game

“New Frontier” board game, “The game nobody can win,” designed by Colorful Products, Inc.  The game is an anti-John F. Kennedy, anti-socialist “twist” on the Monopoly board game published by Parker Brothers.  The front of the package reads, “The Funniest Political Game of the Century!” over the silhouette of a rocking chair labeled “J.F.K.”  The game board contains references to Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Edward Murrow, et al.  The game was packaged by the Occupational and Training Center of Help for Retarded Children, Inc.

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

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“An Ingenious Yankee,” and “How the Soldiers make Doughnuts,” Rochester Republican – March 26, 1862

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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“Mother and Home,” and “Address of Gen. McClellan to his Soldiers,” LaCrescent Plaindealer – March 25, 1862

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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Letter from Martha E. Stone to Governor Ramsey inquiring whether Lieut. Stone, reported killed, was her brother – March 24, 1862

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Letter from Martha Stone to Ramsey inquiring about a Lieut. Stone of the 1st Infantry reported killed and whether he was her brother.

“Worcester County Mass’tts North Oxford March 24th 1862.
To the Hon. ___ ______ Governor of Minnesota.
Dear Sir The New York Tribune of the 14th inst. contains an account of the bloody victory won by the Union forces at Valverde, New Mexico on the 21st of February, in it our Country was baptized anew with the blood of some of her bravest sons.  Among other names mentioned who fell is that of Lieut. Stone which I fear may be my Brother.  An extra [ed] from the Missouri Republican says that Lieut. Stone entered the service from Minnesota on the 1st of July 1859, as brevet 2d Lieut. in the 1st Infantry and was promoted to 2d Lieut. on the 22d of August following.  This account if it be correct goes to confirm my fears.
I have not the means or knowing who the proper Officer is for me to address and have presumed on writing to you to ascertain if it be possible if the Lieut. Stone referred to is my Brother.
If I could obtain a description of his person in height, size, complexion, and age, together with his occupation before entering the Army, and personal bearing and degree of intelligence I might be able to assure myself of his identity.
If it should prove to be my Brother, his bravery in defending his Country’s Flag will lessen much the pain of our earthly separation.
Trusting that I may obtain through you such information as I need.
I am truly yours With Great Respect Martha E. Stone”

Citation:  March 24, 1862 Letter from Martha E. Stone, Letters Received–Requests for Assistance. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Sarah Jane Sibley doll

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Sarah Jane Sibley doll

Doll modeled after Sarah Jane Sibley, wife of Minnesota governor Henry Sibley.  The doll wears a miniature version of the gown Mrs. Sibley wore to her husband’s 1858 gubernatorial  inauguration ceremony.  It was displayed in the River Room of the St. Paul location of Dayton’s department store along with dolls representing governors’ wives Amelia Hubbard, Anna Ramsey, Mahala Pillsbury and Mary Austin.  Created by Tommy Roland of New York, circa 1960.

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Confederate Winter Quarters in Manassas, Virginia – March 23, 1862

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia maintained these winter quarters near Centreville, VA, during the winter of 1861-62. They were far superior to Union or Confederate quarters in subsequent winters.

Citation:   Title:  Winter quarters of the Rebel army of northern Virginia at Manassas, Virginia. Location no. E425.11 r21

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“Our Army Correspondence: From the First Regiment,” and “Latest News,” Shakopee Argus – March 22, 1862

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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Portable barbeque grill

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Portable barbeque grill

Portable Compak barbecue grilling set, model P-30, made by KOL, Inc., 2323 Ellis Avenue, St. Paul 14, Minnesota. The set includes a cardboard box, assembly instruction sheet, a pierced copper-colored metal side with attached feet, a pierced copper-colored metal side panel, a metal tray, a chromed grill grate, and tongs (G). Used and created in the 1950s or 60s.

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

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Bookends

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Bookends

Pair of hand-carved wood bookends with brass plate bases.  Created under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration’s Minneapolis Handicraft Project, active from 1935-1943.

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

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“Lincoln at the Helm,” and “Manassas Occupied by Union Troops,” St. Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 21, 1862

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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