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“Hockey Fight”

Friday, December 20th, 2013

“Hockey Fight”

Breaking up a fight between University of Minnesota and Harvard hockey players, December 30, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on December 30, 1950.

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Snow Scene

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Snow Scene

A street scene in Heron Lake, MN after a large 1909 snowstorm.

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“The Second Regiment,” “Co F, 9th Regiment,” and “St. Louis Correspondence,” Rochester City Post – December 19, 1863

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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Uniform Hat

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Uniform Hat

United States Navy issued women’s uniform hat. Worn by Michele Lindgren 1974-1993.

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“Our Missouri Correspondence: Minnesota Soldiers in Illinois […],” “Late News Items,” and “The Second Regiment: A List of Casualties in the Late Battle,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 18, 1863

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about winter camp, Matthew Marvin, and his Christmases in the army – December 17, 1863

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Partial transcription of Goddard’s letter:

Camp 1st Minn Vols.
near Culpeper Va Dec. 17th 1[8]63

Dear Mother
I am this evening in receipt of your letter of the 13th 16th of September and the 10th of December. One seems to have been to my old place of abode, Broad and Cherry Street Hospt. and remailed to you again. I was some surprised to look at the date of the letter and the stamp on the envelop, but after peruseing it I found out the apperant mistery. The rumor was in camp that we wer going to move again, but it has blown over and it looks again as if they might condescend to let us stay here this winter, nevertheless if we should move I have no doubt but that we could better our selfs, for in our presant Camp the water is very poor and wood scarce, but the Shanties are old “P’coon” and will make the boys comfortable with but little wood. Matthew Marvin our Orderly Sergeant that was in the same Hospital with me and in the same ward that Charley Ely was in is now in the Marine Hospital Chicago Ill and he says he is not getting any better and is afraid he will have his foot taken off. Chas. North got a letter from him this evening. I have not heard anything from Chas. Ely and do not know wheather he is still in Broad & Cherry Street Hospt or not. Eight days until Christmas and a fair prospect of being as good a Christmas as I have spent in the Army. In 1861 I was on guard Christmas[,] in 1862 I had for a Christmas dinner pork soup and for 1863 I am going to have _______ something good.
[… ]

See entire letter here: 1863-12-17_Smith_complete

Citation: December 17, 1863, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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Sister Kenny Seals

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Sister Kenny Seals

On this day, December 17 in 1942 the Elizabeth Kenny Institute was founded in Minneapolis. Sister Kenny advocated alternative treatments for polio and was declared the “Most Admired Woman” in the United States. The sheet of seals, probably from the 1950s or 60s, was part of a fundraising campaign.

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Sno-Scooter

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Sno-Scooter

Red and yellow painted wood Sno Scooter manufactured by the White Bear Company of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Circa 1955.

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Excerpts from “President’s Message,” Rochester Republican – December 16, 1863

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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“Colored Troops: interesting particulars in regard to the examination of applicants for commands of negro regiments,” and “Gen. Longstreet’s Assault on Knoxville,” Stillwater Messenger – December 15, 1863

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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