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Schmidt’s Bottle Opener

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

A metal bottle opener produced by the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, probably in the 1950s.

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

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Child’s Beaded Coat

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A children’s buckskin coat with beaded floral motifs on the front and back that are backed with newspaper. On the inside of the jacket is a painted figure with long legs and taloned feet holding a pipe in its left hand and a plumed object in its right. There are two types of red cloth ribbon trim and fringe along the seams and bottom. Jacket is most likely Crow, circa 1900.

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

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Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of my favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet , Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows Worwa’s Bar at 2300 University Ave NE in 1963. This location is still a bar/restaurant, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit.

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

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Fighting a Fire

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A photograph of a large crowd watching Minneapolis Firefighters battle a huge fire in the milling district in August of 1937.

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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Paisley Shawl

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

A machine-woven, rectangular wool shawl used by Mrs. Gernet C. Dodge in the 1860s. The shawl’s bottom edge is fringed and decorated with a paisley motif.

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

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Railroad Lantern

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A railroad signal lantern, made of iron and painted black, with three lenses, two blue and one red. Manufactured by the Adams and Westlake Company, Chicago, Illinois, early 20th century.

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

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Hand Carved Bowl

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

A small hand carved wooden bowl with Anna Persdotter’s initials on underside. Made in the late 19th century.

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

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Prince Lyrics

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Recently acquired handwritten lyrics to “I Hope We Can Work It Out” written by Prince in 1977. Later that year, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. and he played this song at a private luncheon.

While the relationship worked for a time, this is the company Prince eventually had many legal disputes with and led him to change his name briefly into an unpronounceable glyph. He was referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Thankfully, that ended in 2000, when his contract with Warner Brothers expired, and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

To view a PDF of this item, please click on this link.

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Fighting for the Ball

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

A photograph of two basketball players fighting for the ball during a Feb 25, 1948 NBL game between the Minneapolis Lakers and the Anderson (Indiana) Packers.

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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New Library Lobby Display: Rondo and Chinese Immigration

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Why might the Rondo neighborhood and Chinese Immigration be featured together in a Library Lobby display? The History Theater in downtown Saint Paul has two upcoming shows on these topics; we saw it as a chance to highlight what we have and continue telling the stories of all Minnesotans.

This world premiere drama is set in 1956. The construction of Interstate 94 destroyed the thriving, tight-knit Rondo neighborhood where homes, stores and businesses once stood. The new freeway tore through the heart of St. Paul’s largest African-American community.

While the neighborhood of Rondo was forever changed, the voices and stories live on. On view in this display are just some of the materials in the collection which document that important community.

The play runs February 4 – 26, 2017.

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

This play follows the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act; it explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

This display shows materials relating to the Chinese immigrant experience in Minnesota.

The play runs March 18 – April 9, 2017.

Use the History Center Promo Code:  HC2017 for $30 tickets at History Theater!

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