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2,000,000th Ford

Friday, July 29th, 2016

A photograph celebrating the 2,000,000th Ford made in Minnesota on October 6, 1956.

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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“Acquire” Board Game

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Board game “ACQUIRE” labeled “HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE / WORLD OF HIGH FINANCE”. The game was made by 3M Company as part of the bookshelf game series the company published from 1962 to 1974. The object of this strategy game is to acquire the greatest wealth. The game is enclosed in a slipcase designed to look like a bound book and stands upright on a shelf for storage. Components include a game board and corresponding hotel tiles, lettered plastic chain markers, stock certificates, information cards, and paper money. This edition is copyrighted 1968.

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

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Flour Bag Dress

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

A large cloth flapper-style sack dress made out of a 100 lb Pillsbury’s XXXX Patent Flour bag. Probably made in the 1940s.

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

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World Series Banner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A large hand-made pennant banner made of black and red felt. The pennant reads “Racists” above an image of a tomahawk. The banner was made by Joe D. Horse Capture and Lisa Ranallo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the presence of the Atlanta Braves baseball team’s name and their fans’ “tomahawk chop” at the 1991 World Series, held in Minneapolis.

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

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Wellstone Sign

Monday, July 25th, 2016

A campaign sign for Democratic candidate Paul Wellstone, who ran for United States Senate against Republican candidate Norman Coleman, 2002.

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

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Remembering “The Dome”

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, 1982.

With US Bank Stadium opening its doors for a public open house July 23-24 we reflect on its predecessor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Construction began December 20, 1979 but the Dome, just like most publicly funded stadiums, faced opposition. A statewide coalition known as Minnesotans Against the Downtown Dome (MADD — the clever acronym was not associated with Mothers Against Drunk Driving until after that organization was founded in 1980) opposed to legislation that would enable the construction of a domed stadium. In the late 1970s buttons like this were distributed by MADD:

Anti-Metrodome Button <1994.95.20>

In the end voters approved funding and brought professional sports back to Minneapolis in 1982, more than twenty years after the last professional team (the Minneapolis Lakers) left the city. For over thirty years the Metrodome served its purpose in its utilitarian way, though like most multipurpose stadiums the Dome was not particularly ideal for baseball, football, or hearing anything. And occasionally the roof deflated.

The 1980s were a rough decade for the Dome, which became a bowl four times due to extreme weather conditions that deflated or created tears in the 10 acres of roof fabric. This Teflon and fiberglass fabric sample is from the roof that suffered a catastrophic collapse in December 2010 and was completely replaced:

Metrodome roof sample <2014.43.3>

In spite of its problems, the Metrodome was the only venue to host an All-Star Game (1985), two World Series (1987 & 1991), a Super Bowl (1992), a NFC Championship (1998-99), and two Final Fours (1992 & 2001). With more recent trends back toward single sport venues, it is unlikely that the Dome’s record will be challenged anytime soon. Here are a few souvenirs from some notable events:

1985 All-Star Game bumper sticker <1991.267.1>

1989 Minnesota Timberwolves ticket <1991.139.187>

1992 NCAA Final Four button

1992 Super Bowl XXVI ticket <1993.139.3>

When the Dome closed in 2013 the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) generously donated a selection of items used at the stadium to the Minnesota Historical Society, including a pair of seats. But seats at the Dome were mounted vertically to cement and shared armrests. In order to have a more complete packages, and because the Dome was still operating when MSFA made the initial donation, the seats acquired by the Society are assembled from used spare seat parts. Our Senior Objects Conservator, Tom Braun, created the wooden mount that makes for easy and safe display and handling by museum staff.

Pair of Metrodome row seats <2013.159.1>

Be sure to see the Metrodome seats alongside a folding chair from Metropolitan Stadium and a brand new pair of seats borrowed from US Bank Stadium during the upcoming exhibit “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” on view September 24, 2016 – January 15, 2017 at the Minnesota History Center. And don’t miss the History Flirt event on October 4, 2016, when we’ll be hosting a live “Puppy Bowl”!

–Sondra Reierson, Associate Curator, 3D Objects

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Riot

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A photograph of staff cleaning up the Stillwater Prison after an April 11, 1953 riot involving hundreds of inmates smashing windows and throwing books.

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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Tonka Tractor

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

A bright green steel toy farm tractor with black plastic details & black plastic tires hauling matching rectangular steel farm trailer with ‘Tonka’ decal, in original package with ‘Tonka Farm Tractor & Wagon/…’, model number 2710, by Tonka Toys, Spring Park, MN, 1985.

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

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Flight

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

A small bronze sculpture titled “Flight”, made by Minnesota artist Paul Granlund in 1980.

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

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Separator Blueprint

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A blueline print of an Emerson cylinder separator manufactured by Twin City Separator Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1927.

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

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