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“Spring”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A woodcut on paper made in the late 1960s by Minnesota artist Eugene Larkin.

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From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army – March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014

From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Huntsvill Ala March 31st., 1864
Love
[…]this is getting to be quite a business place[.]  the citizens come 20 miles to trade[.]  some bring in Eggs & butter[.]  Eggs 30 cents per doz[,]  butter 50 cents per lb[.]  the rest draw rations…we will soon have the greatest variety we have  ever had in our department[:]  five hundred barles of potatoes[,] five hundred barles ionions[,] dried beef salt fish[,] Apples, peaches, and a great many other things[.]  the diserters are coming in very fast[;] there has been over one thousand come in here since we have been here[…]
From your
John


See whole letter: 1864-03-31_Bradford_combined

Citation: March 31, 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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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – March 30, 1864

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Clear, pleasant and a very beautiful day. Usual routine of duties. Nothing remarkable [tra…] Escorting prisoners & patrolling[.]


Citation:  March 30, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“A Garrison of 400 Men made Prisoners–Outposts to be Abandoned” and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 29, 1864

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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“Soda Fountain Scene”

Friday, March 28th, 2014

“Soda Fountain Scene”

A photograph of a Minneapolis drugstore soda fountain on March 26, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer.

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – March 28, 1864

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. From March 25 through the 28 Marvin has been writing conclusions in the blank spaces of his diary. On March 28 he writes: “Weather Lowery snow & Rain[.] {No. 4} Conclusions[.] Reading in the Morning papers containing conflicting statements & asertions that I know to be false[.] The memory seems to be over charged[.] I will stop reading them so mutch & watch for the result of the conclusion[.] Will agrue the point with some one for fun[.] MaM[.]” Marvin has frequently been taking day trips away from the hospital, possibly indicating improvements to his health. On March 16 he wrote: “Walter Scott & I went to call Woods Museum[*] whare we wer well pleased with the adventure[.]  the Zoalaugdon […] come wondermont[.] it was 90 ft long[.] there was a great variety of Birds[,] Snakes[,] Fish[,] Animals[,] Emiges [images] from Egypt[,] Indian relicks sume from late battle fields[.] Weather pleasant[.]”

*See here for more information about Col. J. H. Wood’s museum, and its famous “Zeuglodon” whale.

See week’s worth of entries: 1864-03-28_Marvin_combined

Citation:  March 15-March 30, 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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American Indian Collections Outreach

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Our very own Ben Gessner, Associate for American Indian and Fine Arts Collections, is the featured member on Connecting to Collections. He shares details about his work with American Indian material culture and the importance of working with the community. The full interview is great and can be read on the Connecting to Collections web site.

Top left: Dave Louis and Myrna Weston-Louis explain Dakota quillwork techniques and oral traditions at the 2012 “Legacy of Survival Event” in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Top right: A traditional camp was also erected in the community of Flandreau for the 2012 event. In addition to these grounds being used for lacrosse camps, outdoor feasts were held here.

Middle left: Melvin Houston conducts research at the grand opening of the Santee Nation Research Center.

Middle right: MNHS partnered with the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska in 2013 to bring historic material culture to the community for Dakota Recognition Days.

Bottom left: Wacantkiya Win visits the MNHS digital scanning project in Flandreau in 2012. MNHS Collections staff Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Sondra Reierson are scanning Dakota community members’ family photographs and documents.

Bottom right: Corbin Shoots The Enemy explains some of the local history and archaeological sites along the Missouri River in Crow Creek, South Dakota.

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Fiddle-Bow Bill postcard

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fiddle-Bow Bill postcard

A Fiddle-Bow Bill and His Dew Valley Acorns postcard promoting their appearance at the Midway Garden sometime in the 1950s.

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“Plots to Assassinate or Kidnap President Lincoln,” and “The Spring Campaign,” Saint Paul Daily Press – March 27, 1864

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Mug used by Ann Bancroft

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Mug used by Ann Bancroft

An Outdoor Research stainless-steel mug used by Ann Bancroft on the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

See more Ann Bancroft related materials in Collections Online.

See Ann Bancroft related works in the MNHS Library Collection.

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