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Denim Coat

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

A denim “blanket-lined” chore coat worn in the 1960s by Selmer Sauglow, a Norwegian farmer from Vining, Minnesota, and patched by his sister Anna Sauglow, a schoolteacher.

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Great Skull

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

A 9 foot long oil on canvas painting by Minnesota Artist Jerry Rudquist. Made in 1995.

For more information about this item, view this painting in our collections database.

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Senatorial Whip

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

A black leather whip with a wood handle inlaid with a multicolor mosaic of wood and ivory. This whip probably commemorates Hubert H. Humphrey’s position as Senate Majority “Whip” from 1960 to 1964.

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

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Hill House Construction

Monday, September 14th, 2015

A photograph of a construction crew at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1891.

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Progress on the World War I Daybook!

Friday, September 11th, 2015


Hello everyone! My name is Mary Lesher. I’m a senior History major at Vassar College and I was this summer’s World War I Daybook Research Assistant Intern. I followed up on some of the great research the previous intern, Molly, did into the various kinds of World War I collections items the Minnesota Historical Society has acquired. I spent the majority of my internship in the Gale Family Library examining the Minnesota Gold Star Roll, which was compiled by the Minnesota Public Safety Commission in the years just after the close of the war. The Gold Star Roll is a record of every Minnesotan who died during the war from combat, plane, train and automobile accidents and influenza, which affected soldiers domestically and abroad. These records were filled out by close family members- mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives and children- and include various details of these men and women’s lives, from their place of birth to their schooling, character, vocation and military service. Family members often sent in photos, letters they received during the war and newspaper clippings about their loved one who died to give a more complete understanding of who that person was. I combed through every single record to find stories, primary sources and photos to share with you in the World War I Daybook.

One of my favorite Gold Star Roll records is that of Miss Sabra R. Hardy, a nurse in the United States Army Nursing Corps. She was from Minneapolis and worked as a nurse in Minneapolis Hospitals before enlisting for service in WWI. Hardy trained at Camp Travis in Texas before shipping out to New York to finish her training and await her journey to Europe. When she reached England she wrote a brief note to her parents alerting them that she had arrived safely overseas, and told them she would write again once she was permanently located at a hospital near the French Front. This was the last her family ever heard from her, as Hardy contracted Influenza-pneumonia and died about a week after reaching France.

New York
Aug 23-18
Dearest Mother and Dave:

I am here at last and, I just can’t wait till I’ve got my gov’t. outfit together & my Red cross suit on. They are such a good looking blue serge suit [symbol] & U.S.A. emblems worn on lapels beside the Caducci [plural form  of caduceus] which stands for the medical dept. & a black sailor hat & heavy brown army shoes. The duty uniform is grey crepe & white (No. 2) aprons & bibs & caps…”

Citation: “Hardy, Sabra R.” Minnesota Publc Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota [114.D.4.3B]

Be sure to join us for more incredible stories from World War I when the blog launches in April, 2017!

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Elvis in St. Paul

Friday, September 11th, 2015

A photograph of Elvis Presley signs an autograph for a St. Paul police officer before his May 13, 1956 concert at the St. Paul Auditorium.

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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Porter’s Lunchbox

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

A fifty nine piece picnic set used as a lunchbox by Morris Brown (died St. Paul, 1949), an African American porter for the Pullman Company railroad line, on trips to Seattle, circa 1920-1949.

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

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Bicycle Cape

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

A woman’s bicycle cape of tan wool with a yoke, stand-up collar and same collar top-stitching. The circular cape is lined in an art nouveau printed cotton of pink, blue, black, brown, tan and beige. Made in the early 1900s.

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

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Jingle Dress

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The top half of a beaded jingle dress. Made by the Ojibwe at the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, and dated circa 1930-1939.

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Winner!

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A photograph of the winning race car driver of the AAA Golden Jubilee Cup in the winners circle at the 1952 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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