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Harvest Season

Monday, August 31st, 2015

A watercolor on paper painting of an autumn harvest scene made by John Lucius in 1953. This painting won an Honorable Mention ribbon at the 1957 State Fair.

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Pony Ride

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A photograph of a young girl not enjoying her first pony ride at the 1953 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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State Fair Ticket

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair opens today and in honor of that we present a week and a half of Fair related Item of the Day posts.

This is a 1908 Minnesota State Fair complimentary admission ticket booklet from the records of the Faribault State Hospital. The front cover reads “COMPLIMENTARY NOT TRANSFERABLE 1908 / MINNESOTA STATE FAIR / 49TH Annual Exhibition / FOR [blank] and LADY / AUGUST 31ST TO SEPT. 5TH 1908 / NO. 1258” the blank is filled in “A. C. Rogers”. While the book originally contained six perforated paper tickets, only numbers 3, 4 and 5 remain attached in the booklet.

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

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Homer Hanky

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

A Homer Hanky from the first regular season Minnesota Twins game played at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2010. The Twins played against the Red Sox and won the game by a score of 5 to 2.

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Moon Rock

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

A walnut plaque with a small silk State of Minnesota flag and a chunk of moon rock embedded in Lucite. The flag was carried to the moon by the spacecraft America during the December 17-19, 1972 Apollo XVII mission, and the rock, technically known as “Sample 70017″ is from the Taurus Littrow valley of the moon. This is a “Goodwill Moon Rock,” one of which was presented to each state and 135 countries by President Nixon in 1973.

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

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Plains Knife Sheath

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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

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Shotgun Sign

Friday, August 21st, 2015

A view of workmen installing a shotgun sign outside the Kennedy Bros. Arms Company building in downtown St. Paul in October, 1949.

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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Native American Artist-in-Residence Program highlights

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

This fall marks the end of the first full year of the Native American Artist-in-Residence program here at the Minnesota Historical Society. The three 2014/15 artists, Pat Kruse, Jessica Gokey and Gwen Westerman have seen great successes with their collections research and community outreach activities. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

Recently, Ojibwe beadwork artist Jessica Gokey concluded the public workshop portion of her residency at the Lower Sioux Agency. Jessica shared her experiences studying the MNHS historic Ojibwe beadwork collections, while providing instruction to participants, assisting them in designing and creating their own floral beadwork.

Birchbark artist Pat Kruse participated in a reception and gallery talk at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum where he showcased large wall pieces alongside many of the intricate baskets that he and his son Gage made during the residency. Pat also demonstrated how he works with birchbark and how the Ojibwe people use the bark in many different ways.

Textile artist Gwen Westerman has been visiting various musuems, studying early Dakota ribbonwork in order to understand historic patterns and techniques. She has intensely studied the collections here, at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Working with three apprentices, Gwen is developing ribbonwork teaching guides that will incorporate Dakota language.

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One of the goals of the Artist-in-Residence program is to acquire work created by each artist for the permanent collection. From Jessica Gokey we recently accessioned a beaded table cover which depicts nearly 20 traditional indigenous plants used for food in the Great Lakes region. We also acquired work by Jessica’s apprentice, Terri Hom. Terri made a beaded placemat and birchbark napkin ring that were inspired by historic items in MNHS’ collections.  Jessica and Terri talk about their work and the residency program in our new video, here: https://youtu.be/0bvz_lwgYFY

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Also recently added to our permanent collections were many birchbark applique items created by Pat Kruse and his son and apprentice Gage. Pat and Gage created wonderful baskets based on their study of the forms of historic baskets. To these forms, they add their own personal, artistic, and family style and arrive at the wonderful contemporary baskets seen here. (To listen to Pat and Gage speak about their experiences, please visit http://youtu.be/sKtXiOkhNsY).
With the first residencies wrapping up, we have just published a Call for Submissions for the upcoming round. The deadline is September 30th with two artists announced shortly thereafter. Please visit
www.mnhs.org/residencies and check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mnhsnativeartistresidencies for more information.

Thanks, Rita Walaszek and Ben Gessner
Native American Artist-in-Residence Program

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WAVES Uniform

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

A United States Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (W.A.V.E.S.) dress blue uniform consists of a jacket and six-gore skirt of very dark blue wool gabardine. Worn by Pharmacist’s Mate Marjorie Everson (Mrs. Kenneth Lukeart) who served as a Pharmacist’s Mate, 2nd Class at the United States Naval Hospital in Saint Albans, New York, during World War II.

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Untitled – Duluth

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

A gouache on board painting showing the backyard of three Duluth houses. Made by R.W. Gallagher, date unknown.

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