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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

A “Space-O” card game for kids made by Arrco Playing Card Company, circa 1950s-60s. It is played by passing cards to the left until one player has a complete set.

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

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Josiah Keene

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A small carte-de-visite of Josiah Keene, Company H, Second Minnesota Regiment. Keene came to Minnesota in 1852 and owned a sawmill in Mankato. After the war he was employed with the U. S. Treasury Department in Washington and then later moved to California.

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

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History is Now: Remembering Prince

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Minnesota Historical Society is seeking to document the tragic passing of Prince by placing a call for personal photos at memorials and celebrations dedicated to the talented musician and cultural icon.

Prince memorial at the Minnesota Historical Society, April 2016

First Avenue, April 23, 2016

Our goal is to collect 100 photographs to illustrate how Minnesotans celebrated and grieved after the news of his death, whether it was a purple flower beneath his First Avenue Star, attending an all-night dance party, or making the trek to Paisley Park.

Please consider sending us one digital image based on the criteria below. If your photo is selected, you will be sent an official donor form and your image will become part of the Minnesota Historical Society permanent photograph collection and included in our Collections Online database.


  • Please submit only one digital photo. File format must be JPEG or TIFF, with a preferred resolution between 300-600 pixels per inch.  The date and location of the image must also be included.
  • The image must have been taken between April 21, 2016-May 5, 2016.
  • You must submit contact information for follow up, and be willing to sign a donor agreement form that includes granting copyright to the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Please email the image to collections@mnhs.org with the subject line History is Now.
  • Images should be emailed no later than July 15, 2016.

The MNHS Curatorial Staff will select up to 100 images.  Thank you for your consideration!

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Hero Money

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

A package of play money with 24 bills of various denominations by Black Berry Graphics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992. Cellophane and paper package is printed with “REAL SENSE / PLAY MONEY FOR CHILDREN”. Inside are bills printed with portraits of African-American heroes, four bills each of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Elijah McCoy, Nat Love and W. E. B. Du Bois.

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

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Ingvald Smith Diary

Monday, June 13th, 2016

My name is Matt Reicher, and I was the World War I Daybook Project Intern for the Spring 2016 semester. The majority of my time as an intern was spent in the MNHS Library working through the manuscript collections.

Reading the different manuscripts offered me the first-person perspective of events that is often lacking in historical literature. I found myself wrapped up in the life of the people involved, and hung on each of their words while their story took shape. Each story was unique, showing how different people handled the events unfolding around them while maintaining their sanity far away from their homes.

While I read many different types of documents in the library, the one item that stood out most was a diary written by former Glenwood resident Ingvald D. Smith. He was an American soldier who wrote notes documenting his service time in France almost daily. Titled “My Experience in the World War,” Smith’s narrative of events began in March of 1918 and continued through his honorable discharge from service on May 27, 1919. While it isn’t a day-by-day accounting, each of the diary’s 235 pages offered significant insight into the life of a soldier in war. Smith spared no detail, describing the seemingly mundane moments alongside events that unfolded while on the front lines of battle.

Two entries stood out in particular. First, on August 9, 1918, Smith’s sergeant came upon a makeshift gravesite that the group later discovered to be of US Private Herbert Holtke. Smith recognized the name, noting in an entry that Holtke was “one of the men in our group of four that volunteered for service and accompanied us on our trip to France.” Two entries mention Holtke, Smith’s first notation and the description of his gravesite. Though little else is revealed about Holtke and his death, it is a fascinating entry.

The second, written on October 2, 1918, found Smith describing how quickly the fighting could be upon them. “This evening while I was sitting beside a small fire making toast several enemy planes came over flying low, and with machine guns opened fire on the troops in the valley.” He noted after crawling out of a small fox hole that the four-hour barrage “was the worst thing that I have encountered yet.”

While Smith’s diary is captivating, the physical book itself is what I found most compelling. It is large, but pocket-sized and has a slight bend in it giving the impression that Smith carried it with him in his pocket during his time in France. Some of his notes, especially those during his early days in France, give the impression that they were written only moments after an event occurred.

The final few pages of Smith’s diary are a short synopsis of some of the events he took part in during the war. Smith notes his enlistment date, organizations he was attached to in France, as well as the five fronts he fought on – adding whether or not those battles were “offensive” or “defensive” engagements.

Look for Smith’s story, along with many others, when the World War I Daybook blog launches in April, 2017!!

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WCTU Penny

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A medal celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. This official souvenir is called the “Jubilee Penny”. It has a profile of an American Indian on one side with the dates 1874 and 1924. The reverse has an inscription that reads, in part: “For God and Home and Every Land”.

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

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Freedom Train

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A photograph of two youngsters looking at the original Bill of Rights on the “Freedom Train” during its May 4, 1948 visit to Minneapolis.

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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Bumper Sticker

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A bumper sticker reads “HATE IS NOT / A FAMILY VALUE” and notes that it was paid for by the Karen Clark Election Committee. It was produced during one of Karen Clark’s campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Clark, first elected in 1980, was the first openly lesbian member to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.

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

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Stained Glass Card

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

An Opalume Glass sample chart produced by the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company of Kokomo, Indiana. The chart has nine labeled, circular glass samples in one rectangular, paper-covered card, and was used at Gaytee Stained Glass Studios in Minneapolis Minnesota.

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

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Whiskey Bottle

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

An empty half-pint bottle of Sandell Brothers’ Old Monogram Pure Rye Whiskey, manufactured in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was found inside the wall of a home built in 1907 in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul.

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

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