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DJ Short Lunch

Friday, April 25th, 2014

DJ Short Lunch

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

In this photograph you can see disk jockey Bernard “Short Lunch” Walker working at P.J. Clarke’s in 1982.

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For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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Taste of Sin

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Taste of Sin

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

In this photograph you can see the band Sweet Taste of Sin performing at the Jet-Away Club in 1985.

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

For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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“Latest News by Telegraph,” and “From St. Louis,” Saint Paul Press – April 24, 1864

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Record Shop

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Record Shop

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

In this photograph you can see Chico Harris (a.k.a. Chico Fatfingers) and Kyle Ray posing with an Isley Brothers record at the Hot Licks store in 1980.

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

For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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“The Draft,” “The Third Minnesota” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – April 23, 1864

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Signing Autographs

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Signing Autographs

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

In this photograph taken around 1985, former Minnesota Viking Chuck Foreman signs an autograph before heading out for a bike ride with his son Jay at Lake Calhoun.

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

For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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“The Coming Campaign,” and “Grant and Rosecrans,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 22, 1864

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Charles Chamblis Photography Collection

Monday, April 21st, 2014

From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. The Minnesota Historical Society is thrilled to have a collection of over 2,000 of his images documenting life in the 1970-1980s.

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis is a new exhibit of his work, opening at the Minnesota Historical Society on April 26, 2014.

And join us for Retrorama: a celebration of fashion of the 70-80s on May 16, 2014!

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The Philadelphia Story

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Philadelphia Story

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

This photograph shows The Philadelphia Story (also known as the Valdons) performing in the mid 1970s: (Left to right) Maurice Young, Clifton Curtis, Monroe Wright, Bill Clark.

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

For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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Letter from Charles Goddard, of the 1st Minnesota, at Fort Snelling to his mother about his upcoming discharge and the hunt for a deserter – April 21, 1864

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Partial transcription of the letter:

Fort Sneling Minn
April 21. 64

Dear Mother
I have thought that I would not write again before I  was discharged, but if I am discharged the 29[th] I do not think I could start home before next Monday  – 2nd of May. I should not be much surprised if we are detained here some four or five days. the officers are all the time away and do not attend their business[.] consequently where we come to be discharged the Rools [rules] of Clothing will not be correct and will detain us some time[.]
[…] The authorities here wer hunting after a deserter from the regular army and arrested George Cole but soon found out there mistake, George was frightened […the] they come to take him out. the one they wer after was Walter Wentworth the Johney Reb that Harrington conducted through the city of Winona, he is a pretty hard case and if the stories they tell of him are true he will stand a very good chance of getting shot. he told me yesterday that he expected to be shot. It seems he joined the 11th U.S. Infantry and deserted and went to Chicago where he was in a billiard salloon one day when an officer steped up to him and said “I arrest you”[.] Wentworth replied that he would not be arrested and drawing a revolver fired at the officer hitting him on his [corss bung] and did not [hush] him much – when the officer fired at him[,] taking him through the shoulder.
E. Goddard


See entire letter here: 1864-04-21_Smith_combined res

Citation: April 21, 1864, 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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