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Flood

Friday, March 31st, 2017

A photograph of flooding of the Minnesota River as seen from the old iron truss bridge outside Belle Plaine, Minnesota on April 11, 1951.

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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Warren MacKenzie Bowl

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

A ten-paneled stoneware bowl made by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater, MN in 1996.

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

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Gilbert Wilson Collection

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In 1905, Reverend Gilbert L. Wilson, Presbyterian minister and amateur ethnographer, started traveling to North Dakota to work among the tribes who lived at Standing Rock and Fort Berthold. During his travels, Wilson forged relationships with individuals, prompting him to be able to collect items for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). While collecting these items for AMNH, Wilson began accruing an impressive personal collection of items, mainly from the Mandan and Hidatsa at Like-a-Fishhook Village near Fort Berthold.

After Wilson’s death in 1930, his personal collection was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society at his bequest. This donation included journals, reports, photographs, drawings, artifacts and wax cylinder recordings related to his travels to North Dakota. This plethora of information is now connected across collecting areas by including notes from Wilson’s reports that relate with specific objects in the collection. These objects will have an additional Notes section on Collections Online.

Wilson took great interest in many aspects of daily life at Like-a-Fishhook Village. The most notable is the agriculture of the Mandan and Hidatsa which is highlighted in Wilson’s book, Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden. Wilson learned the majority of the gardening techniques from Buffalo Bird Woman and her son, Goodbird.

Goodbird sitting under sliced squash drying on stage, 1916

Goodbird sitting under sliced squash drying on stage, 1916

Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden

While the collection has gardening tools such as a scapula bone hoe and deer antler rake, Wilson made sure to collect some of the foods that became a staple of life at Fort Berthold. This includes dried berry cakes, prairie turnips and squash.

Dried squash on string, 1916

Dried squash on string, 1916

The wonderful thing about this collection is that many of the objects, including the squash, appear in Wilson’s collections in multiple formats. There are photographs of squash being harvested, cut up and dried, the actual physical dried squash and the squash knife that was used to slice the squash. Having these collections in various formats along with the information that Wilson wrote, is a great way to connect to the daily activities of the Mandan and Hidatsa. One is able to learn about the tools, the process and the product of Mandan and Hidatsa life and agriculture.

Bone squash knife, 1916

Bone squash knife, 1916

Please use this link to view the objects in this collection and this link to learn more about Wilson’s reports and photographs.

Rita Walaszek
Collections Assistant

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Arthur and Ole

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A photograph from 1935 showing Arthur and Ole Lervick lying in the undercut of a 12-foot diameter tree, Washington [county/state?].

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

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Old Saloon

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

A gouache painting titled “Old Saloon” made by Minnesota artist Cameron Booth in 1933.

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

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Who should dictate fashion?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The issue of leggings and airlines has really taken off (pun intended, sorry) since two girls wearing leggings weren’t allowed to board a plane home to Minnesota yesterday. This reminds us of what truly objectionable pants are, which we proudly share as today’s item of the day.

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Did they win?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A photograph of Bemidji High School basketball fans going crazy during the 1955 State Basketball Tournament.

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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First Ave. Ticket

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

An unused ticket for a 1991 Babes in Toyland concert at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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Anti-Saloon League Button

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A red circular pin-back button distributed by the Anti-Saloon League, circa 1913.

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

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Evening Dress

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

A “Delphos” evening dress created by Mariano Fortuny of New York, New York, circa 1930s and worn by Markell Conley Brooks of Saint Paul, Minnesota. It consists of the original box with lid, a rose-colored china silk evening gown with Fortuny pleats and Venetian glass beads, and an orange/rose sash with stenciled design.

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

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