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“Latest News By Telegraph-Grant’s Army”, The St. Cloud Democrat – May 26, 1864

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Decoration Day in St. Paul

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Decoration Day in St. Paul

On this Memorial Day, we remember that the holiday was originally called Decoration Day and was started after the Civil War to commemorate those killed in the war. The name change happened gradually and became official only in 1968 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

This Carte de Visite shows the first official Decoration Day parade held in St. Paul on May 30, 1870.

For more information, view this photograph in our collections database.

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“The War News” and “Draft”, The Goodhue Volunteer – May 25, 1864

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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“The News” and “Missouri Radicalism”, The Stillwater Messenger – May 24, 1864

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from Paducah, Kentucky – May 23, 1864.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Clear and warm[.] Relieved from command of Provost Guards, also all officers & men of our Brigade[.] Provost Marshall would like to have us remain. Co B. & H. struck tents and procured wagons and moved down to the Regiment and pitched our tents in our old station. Lt. Butler & I seperate now, but we will [m…] together. Got S. Gibbs released from arrest, in Post Guard House[.] Made out final statements of Corpl[.] Perry Agnew[.]


Citation: May 23, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Toys, Toys and more Toys!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Toys, Toys and more Toys!

This weekend the highly anticipated (by kids and adults alike) Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exhibit opens to the public!

Item of the Day is very excited about this show and today we present a preview of one of the collection items on display (and an icon of Minnesota toy manufacture) a Tonka Toys Livestock Truck. It was made sometime in the 1950s by Tonka Toys, of Mound, Minnesota and features the classic strong metal construction.

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

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Toys!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Learn about the new exhibit Toys and about which iconic toys from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were invented right here in Minnesota. Will your favorites be among them?

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U.S. Civil War Gunboat Flag – May 22, 1864

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Pieced cotton United States pennant with fourteen hand-sewn white stars.  The flag was flown on a gunboat during the Civil War by the 5th Minnesota Infantry Regiment during the Red River Campaign in Louisiana.  Minnesota troops fought at the Red River on 22 May 1864.

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Hitchhiker

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Hitchhiker

A Dutch student hitchhiker looking for a ride to Milwaukee near downtown St. Paul, July 18, 1950.

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 James N. Woodbury 9th Regiment, Co C, to his wife Amanda about the move to Saint Louis and the possibility of battle – May 21, 1864

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A partial transcription of the letter:

No 58
Dresden Mo May 21st
Dear wife
I now take my pen to write you know where we are. We left Knob Nostere this morning at 6 o clock[.] We are to leave here tomorrow morning for St Louis and then we are to go to Little Rock Ark. To reinforce Gen. Steel[.] We got the order night before last and Co K. came down yesterday. When I wrote last I did not think we would go but it seems that I was mistaken a bout it. I would rather have staid in the State but we cant[…] I dont know whether we will stay in St Louis any or not[,] perhaps we will one day and perhaps we will not, if we do I will write if I have a chance to. It is dry and hot yet. We Brownsdale boys are as well as usual. It is quite windy to day but still very hot but I expect to see it hotter before a week from this time and perhaps som fighting[.] I don’t worry much a bout it for it will not do any good and you must not worry a bout it for it will not do – any good[,] we may not be any fights[…] So good bye for this time, Darling from your ever true and loving husband[,]
J.M. Woodbury


See entire letter here: 1864-05-21_Woodbury_combined

Citation: May 21, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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