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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

An autumn landscape watercolor painting made by John Lucius and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 1957 Minnesota State Fair.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this watercolor in our collections database.

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“Union County Convention”, “The News” and “From the Ninth Regiment”, The Rochester City Post – August 27, 1864

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Driver

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A view of racecar driver Emory Collins in his car before a race at the 1925 Minnesota State Fair.

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“The Draft”, “From The South”, and “Late News Items”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – August 26, 1864

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Midway

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This photo shows four girls trying on the World’s Fattest Man’s pants on the midway of the 1950 Minnesota State Fair.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Letter from John N. Bradford to his wife discussing the capture and escape of Hutchinson and protecting the railroad – August 25, 1864

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Letter from John N. Bradford of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, from Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, commenting on the capture of John Grover of Hutchinson of Minnesota and his escape, and ongoing problems protecting the railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

August 25th 1864
Altoona GA
Darling
[…] the Rebels captured John Grover of our Co. night before last – he cooks for the Col. and Maj.[.] he was out side of the lines buying Vegetables[.] he got away from them the same night[.] they robed him of 27 dollars[,] his watch[,] knife[,] and comb[.] it is hard to fight such a set of beings as they[.] they are no better than set of hyway robbers[.] should be kiled as fast as come to[.] Aug 27th we have more trouble on the rail road[.] they tore up half a mile last night[.] eight cares was thrown down an imbankment[.] kiled four and wounded several[.][…]
with much love, hopeing soon to see you[,]
John



See entire letter here: 1864-08-25_Bradford_combined

Citation:  August 25, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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Fair Souvenir

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This is a glass Minnesota State Fair souvenir paperweight filled with shells, one of which reads “Souvenir of the Fair.” circa 1900-1940.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this paperweight in our collections database.

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“Up, For Our Country Calls” and “Military Operations”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 24, 1864

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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“A Regiment of Rebel Deserters” and “The Draft sure to come off on September 5th”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 23, 1864

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – August 22, 1864

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On August 22 he writes, “Wrote to Jack[.] Weather pleasant[.]” On August 16 he writes, “In the Evening attended the Theater[.] […]”

See entire week’s entries: 1864-08-22_Marvin_combined

Citation: August 14-25, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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