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Remembering Joan Mondale

Posted byLori Williamson on 05 Feb 2014 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Joan Mondale, wife of former Senator and Vice-President Walter Mondale, passed away this week at the age of 83. She was a passionate arts advocate, partner in politics, potter, and mother.

Seen here are a selection of images from her personal papers and Mr. Mondale’s papers, both at the Minnesota Historical Society. These images show many aspects of her life in the public eye, but can only hint at her spirit.

Please see this document for specific information on the images.
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Baseball in Minnesota: the Early Years

Posted byLori Williamson on 23 Aug 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows


A look at the early days of the Great American Pastime in Minnesota, from its beginnings post-Civil War up to the arrival of the Minnesota Twins.

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Trains!

Posted byLori Williamson on 03 Jun 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Minnesota has a long history of transportation, but one of the most dramatic eras is that of the railroads. This video shows the beauty and excitement of trains, using film footage, photos, and objects from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Collection.

A longer version of this piece will be showing at the Northern Spark Festival in Lowertown, Saint Paul on June 8, 2013. Trains, romance and stories of riding the rails will be seen in the Minnesota Historical Society commissioned film “Arriving/Departing in Central Standard Time” by artists Michael and Abigail Mouw, showing at the Union Depot during the Festival.

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Minnesota Stories: St. Paul’s Fitzgerald

Posted byLori Williamson on 09 May 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

The Great Gatsby, now a new major motion picture, was written by a man with Minnesota roots. Discover St. Paul’s F. Scott Fitzgerald and stories you may not have heard.

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They Chose Minnesota: Immigration to the North Star State

Posted byLori Williamson on 03 May 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Immigrants are an important part of the Minnesota story. This episode looks at immigration through what people brought with them to their new home. What was useful, what held memories, what shows why they had to leave?

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Andersonville and Civil War Prisoners

Posted byLori Williamson on 06 Mar 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Prisoner of war camps during the Civil War were often more dangerous than the battlefield. Watch to learn more about the system of prisoner exchanges and how circumstances deteriorated as the war dragged on. Andersonville is particularly noted, as many Minnesota soldiers spent time there.

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Believe Me True: Victorian Valentines, 1840 – 1900

Posted byLori Williamson on 07 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

This episode features Victorian valentines from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections, dating from 1840 to 1900. While the designs are vintage, the feelings expressed are timeless.

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Produced by Lizzie Ehrenhalt

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Weather or Not: Winter in Minnesota

Posted byLori Williamson on 23 Jan 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

As Minnesotans, we love to talk about the weather. Talk about it, obsess over it, live in it, love it. Or love hating it, at least. Since the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Crashed Ice start soon, we thought this a good time to look at a variety of winter weather from images and film in our Collection, including an Easter snowball fight, winter swimming, -20 degrees, and blizzards. Enjoy the misery of others and maybe watch it again come July!

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Produced by Sondra Reierson

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Season’s Greetings!

Posted byLori Williamson on 18 Dec 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

View a selection of holiday greeting cards from the Minnesota Historical Society’s extensive collection. These are dated between 1878 – 1967. Enjoy!

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Walter Mondale and the Public Affairs Collection

Posted byLori Williamson on 21 Nov 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the Walter F. Mondale Papers and has one of the nation’s premier collections of government, politics, and public affairs materials. Watch to learn more about the collections and how to use these fabulous materials.

 
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