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Photographing Minnehaha Falls

Posted byLori Williamson on 10 May 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

With summer just around the corner and prime picnicking season already upon us, we present a century’s worth of images of that perennial warm-weather sightseeing destination: Minnehaha Falls. Tourists and naturalists alike have long appreciated the falls and surrounding parkland for their dramatic views, shady woods and abundant wildlife. Luckily for future generations, they documented their trips in photographs, many of which are preserved in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.

 
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Music credit: Cian Nugent, “Grass Above My Head,” recorded live at WFMU on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell, December 16, 2011 (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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Release of the 1940 Federal Census

Posted byLori Williamson on 02 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

This short video addresses the release of the 1940 Federal Census, including what kind of information it contains and how to access it. It also mentions the resources the Minnesota Historical Society has to help find people in it, as indexing will not be complete for another six months or so.

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Moving the Sessions Laws

Posted byLori Williamson on 27 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

The Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, recently requested the transfer of the state’s Session Laws to the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society. This podcast describes these important historical records, shows the moving process, and explains how they will be preserved for future generations.

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Introducing Collections Online

Posted byLori Williamson on 09 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Have you been wondering how to use our fabulous new search tool, Collections Online? Take a look at this video for helpful hints to get started finding photographs, objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more! You control the search; you have the power to make it as wide or narrow as need be, so have fun searching!

Music credit: Sometimes (Michael Chapman) / CCBY 3.0

 
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What a Picture is Worth: The Sadie and Emma Ray Photography Collection

Posted byLori Williamson on 27 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

When genealogists set out to piece together the lives of their research subjects, they often concentrate on text-based sources like letters, city directories and vital records. But photographs also provide a wealth of information about the lives of the people they capture, and can be used to fill in gaps in written histories. The Sadie and Emma Ray Photography Collection takes viewers on a tour through 25 years of one Minnesota family’s life at the beginning of the twentieth century, its images offering an emotional depth that can be hard to find in a birth certificate or census form.

 
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Becoming a Citizen: Naturalization Records, 1850 – 1930

Posted byLori Williamson on 13 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

In a nation of immigrants, becoming a citizen — being “naturalized” — has been an important part of our personal and national history. The naturalization process, and the records that document that process, have changed over time. Learn about these changes and about related resources available at the Minnesota Historical Society Library.

 
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History on Ice!

Posted byLizzie Ehrenhalt on 24 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Ice skating has long been part of Minnesota’s identity and winter traditions. In this podcast we examine the beginnings of the sport in the state as well as some early innovators who had national and worldwide impact. Enjoy the history, and then get out there – the ice is perfect!
Sondra Reierson


 
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Music credit:  Chabrier – España ft. NE Iowa high school musicians (Jason Weinberger & the WCFSO) / CC BY 3.0

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The Hill House Servants: Life Downstairs

Posted byLori Williamson on 06 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Not unlike the divided household of Downton Abbey, we have a dramatic example of upstairs/downstairs life right here in Minnesota. The “Empire Builder” James J. Hill and his family were the primary occupants of 240 Summit Avenue but another, less familiar group of people lived there as well: the 10 to 12 live-in domestic servants who did the cleaning, cooking, laundry, and maintenance work at the house. In piecing together the stories of these servants, information is culled from a variety of sources that can be found in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.

 
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Beyond the Doughboy: Minnesota Mascots

Posted byLori Williamson on 19 Dec 2011 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Explore the curious, cute, weird, and wonderful world of mascots who represent the Great State of Minnesota. From a lumberjack and Twins to a gopher and a duck, the mascots are a recognizable part of life in Minnesota and often our ambassadors to the world beyond.

 
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Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Posted byLori Williamson on 16 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Podcasts and Slideshows

Often students come in to the Library with assignments to do research in primary source materials, but find that they’re not quite sure what a primary source is. This video provides a brief discussion of primary and secondary sources with examples from the Society’s collections.

 
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