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“Free Homes in Minnesota,” Rochester Republican – June 25, 1862

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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“How the Rebels Starve Union Prisoners,” and “Latest News,” LaCrescent Plaindealer – June 24, 1862

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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“The Mountain Department Vindicated,” and “From McClellan,” Mankato Independent – June 23, 1862

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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Happy Pride!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Happy Pride

Exhibitors pose in front of their booth at the 1994 Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival held at Loring Park in Minneapolis.  The first festival was held 40 years ago in 1972.  The 2012 festivities begin tomorrow on Saturday, June 23 and continue on Sunday, June 24.

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

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“Latest News,” and “A Secesh Amazon,” St. Paul Press – June 22, 1862

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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Lakota trade blanket capote

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Lakota trade blanket capote

Capote, or winter coat, made from a white cotton Hudson’s Bay blanket with black, red, and green border stripes.  May have been made and used by Blackfeet (Sihásapa Lakota) Indians. The coat’s hood and sleeves are fringed and the hood has ribbed red silk cloth binding that forms a tie at the neck.  Created circa 1880.

For details and additional images, view the capote in our online collections database.

To view more examples of Lakota and Dakota material culture, visit Ochethi Šakowiŋ – The Seven Council Fires.

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“The Prison-House of Secession,” “Have we been Successful?” and “The War! Late News!” Preston Republican – June 21, 1862

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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Midwest Antiquarian Book Fair is Coming!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s 22nd Annual Twin Cities Book Fair will be held on Friday, June 29, 2012 and on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in the Progress Center Building located at the Minnesota State Fair grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. More than 60 Booksellers from 15 states will be offering for sale antiquarian, rare, and fine books, maps, ephemera and other paper collectibles.

Minnesota Historical Society members are invited to enjoy refreshments and hear the Library of Congress Lessing J. Rosenwald curator, Dan De Simone, speak.  De Simone has been at the Library of Congress since January 2000; previously, he ran his own rare book company in NYC. Over the past 35 years he has developed expertise in antiquarian bibliography, illustrated books, 18th-century French and Italian books, and 18th-century Irish books.

It is also an opportunity to help build the fantastic Minnesota Historical Society’s Library Collection! This world-renowned collection is continually evolving and now is your chance to be part of it. Gifts up to $ 5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar!

To learn more about this exciting event, visit 2012bookfairwishlist.

If you are not a member yet, there is still time to join and attend!

Hope to see you there!

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Have Sticker, Will Travel: Minnesota State Park Stickers

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

A recent acquisition of the State Archives came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Included in this was a complete set of State Park Entrance Stickers. This podcast provides a brief history of use of Minnesota State Parks entrance stickers. State Archives collections are available through the Minnesota Historical Society’s Library.

 
icon for podpress  Have Sticker, Will Travel: Minnesota State Park Stickers [4:34m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (847)
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Music Credit: Jason Shaw, Travel Light, at http://audionautix.com/(CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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Democratic donkey cuff links

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Democratic donkey cuff links

Cuff links worn by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  The cuff links are of sterling silver and are die-cut with the outline of the Democratic Party’s donkey mascot.

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