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Restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol

Friday, May 15th, 2015


We, as the Collections Department, clearly love the Collections that tell the story of Minnesota and its people. But we also love field trips, especially those to historic sites. Many of us happen to be civics or architectural nerds (or both), so we were very excited and grateful for the opportunity to visit the Minnesota State Captiol during its current major (and greatly needed) renovation. We had so much fun – thank you to Sondra Reierson for the photos; to the Site; manager Brian Pease; and the construction company for making this possible!

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Scoreboard

Friday, May 15th, 2015

On this day, May 15 in 1896, the Saint Paul Saints baseball team played their first home game at Aurora Park. This photograph shows the Saints scoreboard operator at work during a May 18, 1950 game.

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.

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

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Baseball Trophy

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

A silver trophy baseball with a tripod baseball bat stand. The ball is engraved: “Northwestern Exhibition & Fair / Winona Minn. / Champion Ball / Won by the Clippers of Winona in a match game with the Silver Stars of Northfield / Sep 10, 1875″.

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

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Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

A cotton patchwork quilt with a simple pinwheel pattern, made in the 1850s.

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

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Gunflint Trail Patch

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A Grand Marais and Gunflint Trail promotional patch, circa 1986. The Gunflint Trail was originally a foot path, but is now a 57 mile paved road stretching from Grand Marais to Saganaga Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

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

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Abolitionist Hutchinson Family Sheet Music

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The Minnesota Historical Society has a very extensive sheet music collection, focusing on Minnesota subjects, publishers, and composers. They are an emotional, celebratory, sometimes funny, and usually graphic representation of the State’s history.

Our new favorite piece of sheet music is an 1844 abolitionist song we recently acquired at an auction in New York. It was written by Jesse Hutchinson, of the famous Hutchinson Family singers. The Hutchinsons were super stars, an internationally famous family of itinerant singers, known for their four-part harmonies and abolitionist views. This song, “Get Off the Track,” may have been their most well known anti-slavery tune.

Minnesota has an important and unique connection to the Hutchinson Family Singers. Eleven years after this music was published three of the brothers, John, Asa, and Judson, homesteaded in Minnesota establishing the town of Hutchinson, on the banks of the Crow River.

This one piece of sheet music gives us a glimpse into both the cultural significance of popular music and political debate in the era just preceding Minnesota’s establishment as a Territory and the outbreak of the American Civil War.

See the article in Minnesota History for more details on the Hutchinsons’ story.

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, May 11th, 2015

An Ojibwe bandolier bag with a beaded floral pattern most likely made in the 1890s. It was reportedly obtained through William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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

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Duck-boat Rescue

Friday, May 8th, 2015

A Minnesota National Guard duck-boat rescues a homeowner from the rising Mississippi River during the floods of April 1952.

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.

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

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Casting Spoon

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A fly fishing casting spoon and envelope made by G.M. Skinner in Clayton, New York, circa 1894. Used by James J. Hill. The backing card reads “Skinner’s New Casting Spoon, / Used With or Without Bait.”

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

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Spring

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

A lithograph showing a spring scene with flowering bushes, farm houses and fields. Made for the WPA Federal Art Project in 1941 by Alexander Oja.

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

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