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Marching Band Paddle

Monday, January 18th, 2016

A wooden paddle used in the ceremonial hazing of freshman members of the University of Minnesota Marching Band, circa 1947.

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

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“You’re a Saint or you ain’t!”

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Although ice hockey has been played in Minnesota at the amateur and scholastic level since the 1890s, Minnesotans had to wait until 1967 for its first professional team, the North Stars, to emerge from a National Hockey League expansion.  In 1971 the World Hockey Association was formed to compete with the NHL and Minnesota garnered a second professional team, the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Based in Saint Paul, the Fighting Saints were actually two distinct teams.  The first squad, which rallied fans with the catchphrase “You’re a Saint or you ain’t!” played four seasons beginning in 1972 and boasted a winning record of 30-25-4 before folding in 1976.  The Saints’ second incarnation came in 1976 when the WHA’s Cleveland Crusaders moved to Saint Paul.   The “New Fighting Saints”, as they were sometimes known, also fared well on the ice and had a winning record (19-18-5) through their first 42 contests.  Yet despite their success and a devoted following the Saints could not compete financially with the North Stars, which benefited from a favorable television contract.  Unable to secure a buyer, owner Nick Mileti was forced to fold the franchise on January 20, 1977.

Among the Saints’ star players was Canadian-born Dave Keon, who used this stick during the 1976-77 season.  Keon spent 15 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before joining the WHA, where he also played with the Indianapolis Racers and the New England Whalers. One of the greatest two-way centers in professional hockey, Keon scored 498 career goals and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Adam Scher, Senior Curator

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Truman, Humphrey and Freeman

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Former President Truman visits with Governor Freeman and Senator Humphrey during a January 15, 1956 visit to Minnesota.

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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Wool Cap

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

A man’s grey wool newsboy style cap with ear warmer flaps that fold up into the cap. Made by Standard Clothing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, ca. 1930.

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

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What is that? A pleating iron!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A pleating iron made in Geneva, Illinois in the 1860s. Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.

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

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3-M Hourglass

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Hourglass, box, information card and information sheet commemorating the centennial of 3M in 2002. The card reads in part, “This unique, commemorative hourglass contains finely ground rock mined from 3M’s original Crystal Bay site. 3M was founded to mine this mineral which was believed to be corundum – but is actually a rock known as anorthosite.”

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

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Glass Dish

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Transparent green glass dish created by Michael Tonder of Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1996. The dish is assembled from many small pieces of recycled glass fused together and sand blasted.

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

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Diorama

Friday, January 8th, 2016

A photograph of a man working on one of the large dioramas at the Bell Museum of Natural History, September 22, 1955.

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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U of M ID Card

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A WWII era ID card for Marjorie Cox from the University of Minnesota.

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

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World War I Artifacts Digitized

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

For the past several years the Minnesota Historical Society’s staff have been digitizing our World War I related artifacts. This collection comprises approximately 1,800 objects including United States military uniforms, equipment and supplies, as well as foreign military items (most of which were brought home as souvenirs), trench art, Red Cross materials, and more. The project was undertaken in anticipation of the centennial of the Great War and two major World War I programs planned for spring of 2017: an exhibit focusing on the home front currently in development; and the World War I daybook blog launching in April, 2017.

With the digitization project now complete, all World War I artifacts in the MNHS Collection are available to view on the Collections Online database. Here are some highlights from this incredible collection:

Victory medal awarded to Tela B. Burt, an African-American from Minneapolis who served as a supply sergeant with the 809th Regiment of Pioneer Infantry in France, circa 1919. After the war ended, Burt returned to the Minneapolis and had a career with the post office, played music for several dance bands, and eventually became one of the first African Americans in the Twin Cities area to enter the real estate field.

A length of barbed wire from Verdun, France, found by Miss Frances Rogers of Minnesota, who was part of the American Fund for French Wounded.

German military field telephone inside oak case, circa 1915.

A United States Army Model 1917 steel helmet. This classic World War I “doughboy” helmet was worn by Private Clarence Ervin Ohmann of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

A ditty box owned by United States Navy Seaman Edward R. Stensrud of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It contained souvenirs relating to Stensrud’s WWI service, including postcards, German and Swedish matchboxes and an address book. Railway tags have been pasted on each end of the box.

Coat for an American Red Cross overseas uniform, worn by Margaret MacLaren of Saint Paul, Minnesota, while serving in France circa 1918.

British military issue gas mask and cloth case, circa. There were many types of gas masks used during the war, and this is known as a Small Box Respirator.

French Croix de Guerre medal awarded to Minnesotan John Bowe. When the war began Bowe was the mayor of Canby, Minnesota. He abandoned his position and went to Canada to join the military, where he was rejected due to age. He then went to England and tried to enlist, but was informed he would have to renounce his United States’ citizenship. He then went to France where he joined the French Foreign Legion in 1915.

Minnesota service flag created for the Victory Liberty Loan Campaign in April, 1919. The approximately 1,200 gold stars represent the servicemen from Minnesota who died during the war. It is 18 feet high, and 28 feet long.

Stephanie Olson, Collections Assistant

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