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May 30, 2012

Two Constitutions?

Filed under: Podcasts and Slideshows — Lori Williamson @ 5:12 pm

Minnesota is governed by two constitutions – why? Watch this short video to learn more. Hint: politicians not getting along is nothing new.

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“Indiana Polka” By Edmund Jaeger, arranged by J. Schatzman, originally published 1856. From the Library of Congress, Civil War Band Music site.

May 20, 2008

Sesquicentennial Display

Filed under: What's New — Lori Williamson @ 11:14 am


Now on view in the Library Lobby is Founding Documents of Our State: Minnesota at 150 Years. Highlights include Minnesota’s two (count them, two) original Constitutions; a territorial legislator’s desk from 1853 (shown above); a map from 1857 (also above); Seth Eastman’s design for the territorial seal; and an original newspaper from when statehood was declared. This will be up until June 23, 2008.

An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs