Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:01:11 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 ©Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org (Minnesota Historical Society) collections@mnhs.org(Minnesota Historical Society) History, Society, Culture, American History, Education, Museums, Collections 1440 video, story, museum, history, preservation, civil war, Minnesota, Native American The stories behind selected items at the Minnesota Historical Society. Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org No clean http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/wp-content/themes/mhs/MHS_Upclose_badge_small.png Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections 144 144 Snowshoe Delivery http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/snowshoe-delivery/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/snowshoe-delivery/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16759

A milkman dons snowshoes to make his deliveries during a snowy March 1951.

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Letter from Joseph Albert Wheelock in Washington, D.C., to his wife, Katie, about the Inauguration Ceremonies for President Lincoln – March 5, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/letter-from-joseph-albert-wheelock-in-washington-d-c-to-his-wife-katie-about-the-inauguration-ceremonies-for-president-lincoln-march-5-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/letter-from-joseph-albert-wheelock-in-washington-d-c-to-his-wife-katie-about-the-inauguration-ceremonies-for-president-lincoln-march-5-1865/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16769 A partial transcription of the letter:

Washington, March 5th, 1865
[My…] darling Katie
I have just drifted out of the whirl and rush of the last three gala days into a quiet nook up here with Knox, where I can take a breath and report progress. It has. The third and fourth of March which close one Presidential Olympiad and preface another, are interesting days in Washington. The weather was bad. The rains of a weeks’ duration had made the streets impassable. […] They had what they called a procession accompanying the President to the Capitol where the Inauguration Ceremonies took place, and from the Capitol back to the White House, […] I witnessed the inauguration but at too great a distance to take in the details. […] Mr. Lincoln’s address was very happy. During its delivery an odd circumstance occurred which in older times would have been considered an auspicious and wonderful omen. As Mr. Lincoln was invoking or rather expressing a devout reliance upon the favor of the Almighty, the long hidden sun put aside its veil of clouds and a halo of glorious sunshine rested upon the head of the speaker and seemed about to illuminate his manuscript. […] An annoying and mortifying incident of the Inauguration Ceremonies was that Andy Johnson, the new Vice President, was drunk and made a loud drunken crazy speech […] in the Senate Chambers  which made every American present hang down his or her head for shame.  […]
“Joe”


See complete letter here: 1865-03-05_Wheelock_combined

Citation: March 5, 1865. Letter from Joseph Albert Wheelock, Wheelock Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P334 Box 4]

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Ceramic Platter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/ceramic-platter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/ceramic-platter/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16756

A square ceramic wall platter made by Charles Halling and decorated by Nancy Halling of Northfield, Minnesota, in the 1990s.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – March 4, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-march-4-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-march-4-1865/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16765 Clear: very nice day. Lincoln re-inaugerated. Busy at work on house. B. Genl. Davis relieved by Brig. Gen. Thos. McKean. River rising very rapidly. Received a letter from Mrs. P. More, Hastings, Minn. acknowledging the receipt of the Box & money I sent her, also one from Tony & a book from New York.

Citation: March 4, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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1st MN Insignia http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/1st-mn-insignia/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/1st-mn-insignia/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16752

A service insignia for a United States Army Officer’s Modal 1858 uniform hat worn by William H. Dike during the Civil War. Dike was elected Captain of Company G of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and when the regiment was mustered on April 29, 1861, he was appointed to the rank of major. After serving at the First Battle of Bull Run in July, Dike resigned his commission on October 22, 1861, and returned to Faribault, Minnesota.

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“Wilmington”, “Grant’s Army” and “Rebel Ram Captured at Galveston”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 3, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/wilmington-grants-army-and-rebel-ram-captured-at-galveston-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-3-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/wilmington-grants-army-and-rebel-ram-captured-at-galveston-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-3-1865/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:08:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16762

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Kicks Cap http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/kicks-cap/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/kicks-cap/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16749

A white cap with four blue ‘Minnesota Kicks’ logos. Circa 1976-1981.

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“Mobile Captured!”, “Wilmington” and “Grant”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 2, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/mobile-captured-wilmington-and-grant-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-2-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/mobile-captured-wilmington-and-grant-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-2-1865/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16743

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CCC Ring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/ccc-ring/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/ccc-ring/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16746

A sterling silver ring made in a Minnesota CCC camp in 1933.

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“From Georgia”, The Rochester Republican – March 1, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/from-georgia-the-rochester-republican-march-1-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/from-georgia-the-rochester-republican-march-1-1865/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16740

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“Sherman’s Victorious March Through the Carolinas” and “The News”, The Stillwater Messenger – February 28, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/shermans-victorious-march-through-the-carolinas-and-the-news-the-stillwater-messenger-february-28-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/shermans-victorious-march-through-the-carolinas-and-the-news-the-stillwater-messenger-february-28-1865/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16737

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – February 27, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-27-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-27-1865/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16734 Cloudy. Raining nearly all day. Working on Muster Rolls. Men fixing gun Racks covering kitchens &c. Promoted Wonger to Sergt. & Downing & Hubbard to Corpls. In Co. “K”. Genl. Ullmann relieved from command of post & succeeded by Gen. Davis.

Citation: February 27, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Hockey Team http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/hockey-team/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/hockey-team/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16693

A photograph of an amateur hockey team sponsored by the Schmidt Brewing Company, taken on March 11, 1940.

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.

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“Gen. Terry Takes Possession of Wilmington”, “Grant” and “From Rebel Papers”, The Saint Paul Press – February 26, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/gen-terry-takes-possession-of-wilmington-grant-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-26-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/gen-terry-takes-possession-of-wilmington-grant-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-26-1865/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16731

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Trees http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/trees/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/trees/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16690

A color woodcut on paper titled “Trees”, made by Eugene Larkin in 2001.

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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from New Orleans, Louisiana, describing the city – February 25, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-written-from-new-orleans-louisiana-describing-the-city-february-25-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-written-from-new-orleans-louisiana-describing-the-city-february-25-1865/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:01:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16726 A partial transcription of the letter:

New Orleans, La
Feb 25 1865
My Dear Sister,

[…] We are now in New Orleans, and on the same ground that General Jackson fought over fifty years ago. On the spot now I write on some poor Englishman died, and if we stay on it much longer I’m afraid some of us will die, as the mud is about a foot deep. We arrived here some four days ago, and I think will soon embark for Mobile, or at least that is the talk at present. Everything is very different here from the north. The city looks like a foreign one. Narrow streets and old fashioned houses. There are some of the old Spanish houses left, that were build man years ago. […] Winter and cold weather are far in the rear. I rather dread the warm weather yet to come. But only six months more! Then my time is up (unless the regiment reinlists), and then I hope to see you all. I anticipate a very pleasant spring campaign if I do not get sick.
Good night
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks
Direct 16th Army Corps New Orleans


See entire letter here: 1865-02-25_Brewer_combined

Citation: February 25, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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Wool Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wool-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wool-coat/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16687

A men’s Town and Country melton wool coat with brown leather lining and white/grey collar. Manufactured by Guiterman Brothers, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1930s-40s.

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“Charleston Ours!”, “From Washington” and “New Military Policy Adopted by the South”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 24, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/charleston-ours-from-washington-and-new-military-policy-adopted-by-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-24-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/charleston-ours-from-washington-and-new-military-policy-adopted-by-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-24-1865/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:58:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16723

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Bloomington Letter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/bloomington-letter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/bloomington-letter/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16684

A blue and gold K-shaped felt and chenille Bloomington Kennedy High School letter, embellished with the word “Bloomington” embroidered diagonally across the K. 1960s.

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Paul Krause Minnesota Vikings helmet, 1975 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/paul-krause-minnesota-vikings-helmet-1975/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/paul-krause-minnesota-vikings-helmet-1975/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:45:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16711

He dreamed of being a big league baseball player, but destiny had other plans for Minnesota Vikings legend Paul Krause.  In the early 1960s the Flint, Michigan native was a two-sport star at the University of Iowa, excelling at both baseball and football.  A dozen major league teams had their eye on the gifted outfielder, but a shoulder injury sustained in a gridiron match against Michigan permanently damaged his throwing arm. The 6’3” Krause refocused on football, playing defensive back for the Hawkeyes starting in 1962.  Blessed with remarkable athleticism and an uncanny ability to read the opposing offense, Krause made 12 pass interceptions in his final two seasons.

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Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1964, Krause finished his inaugural season in the NFL with a league-leading 12 interceptions and was a close second in the voting for Rookie of the Year. Krause played four seasons with Washington, racking up 28 interceptions before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 1968.  “In 1968, we decided to go almost exclusively to the zone, which was a radical change in the league,” recalled Vikings head coach Bud Grant.  “What we really needed was an intelligent, far-ranging free safety with great hands; in other words, a super athlete.  After surveying the league, we decided that Paul Krause had all those qualities.”

Toiling alongside a celebrated defensive line dubbed the Purple People Eaters, Krause wielded his masterful talent for anticipating plays and became one of the league’s most intimidating safeties. “I try to keep everything in front of me,” he explained, “watching the quarterback, the movement of the backs and the flow of the linemen.”  Krause spent 12 seasons with the Vikings, appearing in three Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls, and retired in 1979 as the NFL’s all-time interception leader with 81 steals. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

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“Minnesota Troops”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – February 23. 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/minnesota-troops-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-23-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/minnesota-troops-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-23-1865/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16704

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Drying Meat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/drying-meat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/drying-meat/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16681

A stereoview photograph of three Dakota Indians drying meat. Taken in the 1870s.

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“Our Army Abroad”, “State News” and “Items From Rebel Papers”, The Rochester Republican – February 22, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/our-army-abroad-state-news-and-items-from-rebel-papers-the-rochester-republican-february-22-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/our-army-abroad-state-news-and-items-from-rebel-papers-the-rochester-republican-february-22-1865/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16678

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“Charleston!” and “Gen. Butler’s Defense”, The Stillwater Messenger – February 21, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/charleston-and-gen-butlers-defense-the-stillwater-messenger-february-21-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/charleston-and-gen-butlers-defense-the-stillwater-messenger-february-21-1865/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16675

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Armored Cars http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/armored-cars/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/armored-cars/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16656

A view of M8 Greyhound armored cars rolling off the assembly line at the St. Paul Ford plant on November 14, 1944.

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.

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“Wilmington Closely Besieged”, “From New Orleans” and “From Rebel Papers”, The Saint Paul Press – February 19, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wilmington-closely-besieged-from-new-orleans-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-19-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wilmington-closely-besieged-from-new-orleans-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-19-1865/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16672

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Green Giant Doll http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/green-giant-doll/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/green-giant-doll/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16659

A preprinted cloth “Green Giant” doll. Circa 1963-1967.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – February 18, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-18-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-18-1865/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16669 Clear, mild, warm. Relieved, & made report Preparing for inspection by Lt. Col. Chadwick, 92nd U.S.C.D., I.G. which took place at 2 p.m. He found the Reg. in good condition, and I think will make a favorable report. He also visited Co. Qrs., Books, &c. &c. 2 Officers & 100 men called for to unload boat at […].

Citation: February 18, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Kennedy Bros. Shotgun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/kennedy-bros-shotgun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/kennedy-bros-shotgun/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16652

A double-barrel side-by-side 10 gauge cartridge shotgun with two sets of barrels. The shotgun has a checkered walnut pistol grip stock with horn caps on the butt and grip. It also has Damascus barrels, external hammers, double triggers, and foliate and pheasant engravings on the metal mountings. The barrels were made by Thomas Kilby in Birmingham, England to be assembled and retailed by M.F. Kennedy and Brothers in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Wild Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wild-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/wild-patch/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16649

A Minnesota Wild “Team of 18,000″ patch. Red and white cloth patch reads “TEAM OF 18,000″ and features silhouettes of ten different Minnesota Wild fans. Patch was given away as a premium at the last home game of the Wild’s 2007-2008 season.

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“Minnesota Troops Going to New Orleans”, “Important Order” and “State News”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – February 16, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/minnesota-troops-going-to-new-orleans-important-order-and-state-news-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-16-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/minnesota-troops-going-to-new-orleans-important-order-and-state-news-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-16-1865/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16666

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Ojibwe Beaded Fob http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/ojibwe-beaded-fob/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/ojibwe-beaded-fob/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16646

A buckskin fob with loom-beaded design of two turkeys on a blue background and beaded boarder with a metal snap closure at the top. Purchased at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, circa 1932.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – February 15, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-15-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-15-1865/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16663 Mild, clear, beautiful day[.] Put up body of a kitchen. Drilled in Co. Drill in the forenoon and Battalion Drill in the P.M. Gen. Washington […] returned from New Orleans Hosp. Rect. a letter from home from Mother & Father. Loaned Capt. Laughlin 4 Shelter tents.

Citation: February 15, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Grant Losses In the Late Movement”, “The Negro Suffrage Bill”, and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – February 14, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/grant-losses-in-the-late-movement-the-negro-suffrage-bill-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-february-14-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/grant-losses-in-the-late-movement-the-negro-suffrage-bill-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-february-14-1865/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16643

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George Morrison http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/george-morrison/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/george-morrison/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16627

Tomorrow, February 14 a new exhibit opens at the History Center highlighting the work of Minnesota artist George Morrison. Titled Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, it features 80 works by this Native American modernist.

This untitled abstract artwork in the MNHS collection was made by George Morrison in 1959. It was made during his time living in New York City when he mingled with artists like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

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“The Late Peace Confrence”, “Grant” and “Civilians in Rebel Prisons”, The Saint Paul Press – February 12, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-late-peace-confrence-grant-and-civilians-in-rebel-prisons-the-saint-paul-press-february-12-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-late-peace-confrence-grant-and-civilians-in-rebel-prisons-the-saint-paul-press-february-12-1865/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16640

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Tractor and Motorcycle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/tractor-and-motorcycle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/tractor-and-motorcycle/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16624

A man on a well used Harley-Davidson motorcycle stops to chat with a farmer on May 8, 1953.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – February 11, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-11-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-11-1865/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:40 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16637 Beautiful weather. Drilled a company in forenoon. Men cleaning up in afternoon. Reading & writing[.] Received 3 Recruits[.] Drew from Major Losey 1 3 Enfield Rifle Muskets & 1 3 Sets of [G…] [accou…] & issued them to men.

Citation: February 11, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Plate from the ‘Dome http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/plate-from-the-%e2%80%98dome/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/plate-from-the-%e2%80%98dome/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16621

A dinner plate used by Centerplate Inc., a concessionaire, during catered events at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome prior to the stadium’s demolition in January, 2014. The white ceramic plate features the Metrodome logo on the upper rim.

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“From South Carolina”, “Grant’s Army” and “Exchange of Prisoners”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 10, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/from-south-carolina-grants-army-and-exchange-of-prisoners-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-10-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/from-south-carolina-grants-army-and-exchange-of-prisoners-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-10-1865/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16634

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John Stone http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/john-stone/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/john-stone/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16618

A small tintype photograph of John F. Stone.

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Ice Fishing at its Finest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/ice-fishing-at-its-finest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/ice-fishing-at-its-finest/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:20:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16630 More MNHS Collections on the Huffington Post! This time, ice fishing.

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“Triumph of Freedom” and “End of the Peace Mission”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – February 9, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/triumph-of-freedom-and-end-of-the-peace-mission-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-9-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/triumph-of-freedom-and-end-of-the-peace-mission-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-9-1865/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16611

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Accordion http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/accordion/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/accordion/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16615

A Hohner accordion used on the campaign trail by Coya Knutson, the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota in the 1950s and 60s.

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“The Rebel Trans Mississippi Department”, The Rochester Republican – February 8, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-rebel-trans-mississippi-department-the-rochester-republican-february-8-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-rebel-trans-mississippi-department-the-rochester-republican-february-8-1865/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16601

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“The Sixth Minnesota Ordered to New Orleans” and “Abating Soldiers’ Taxes”, The Stillwater Messenger – February 7, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-sixth-minnesota-ordered-to-new-orleans-and-abating-soldiers-taxes-the-stillwater-messenger-february-7-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-sixth-minnesota-ordered-to-new-orleans-and-abating-soldiers-taxes-the-stillwater-messenger-february-7-1865/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16608

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Winter Carnival Float http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/winter-carnival-float/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/winter-carnival-float/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16592

A Hamm’s Brewing Company float passing by the old Minnesota Historical Society Building during the 1950 St. Paul Winter Carnival parade.

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.

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“Lincoln and Seward Meet the Rebel Commissioners”, “From Washington” and “From Rebel Papers”, The Saint Paul Press – February 5, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/lincoln-and-seward-meet-the-rebel-commissioners-from-washington-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-5-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/lincoln-and-seward-meet-the-rebel-commissioners-from-washington-and-from-rebel-papers-the-saint-paul-press-february-5-1865/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16605

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Hair Bouquet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/hair-bouquet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/hair-bouquet/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16589

A floral, cone shaped bouquet made of hair, thread, and wire mounted on a wood block. Hair is worked into flower shapes with avariety of braiding techniques. Colorful dropped bulbs are attached by string to the center of each flower. The stems are wire wrapped with thread and are joined together at the center with wire and string. The flowers are numbered 1-50 and accompanying cards name the person whose hair corresponds to each number. This type of hairwork was popular during the 1860s and 1870s.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – February 4, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-4-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-february-4-1865/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16598 Variable, warm[.] Drilled a company in the forenoon in the school of the soldier with Lt Doane. Sent my monthly Returns of C.C. & G.E. to Hd. Qrs. U.S. C. Forces Baton Rouge for examination. Received Recipts for 12 tents. Busy all day writing & copying orders &c.

Citation: February 4, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Coffee Service http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/coffee-service/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/coffee-service/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16586

A copper coffee service, consisting of a tray (.1), coffee pot (.2), creamer (.3) and sugar bowl (.4) made by the Handicraft Guild, Minneapolis, MN circa 1911.

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“The Peace Movement”, “News From the South” and “Grant’s Army”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 3, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-peace-movement-news-from-the-south-and-grants-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-3-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/the-peace-movement-news-from-the-south-and-grants-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-3-1865/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16595

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Railroad Blanket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/railroad-blanket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/railroad-blanket/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 06:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16583

A handmade wool blanket presented to Henry Villard, president of the Northern Pacific Railway, in 1883 upon the official completion of a line connecting the railway’s easternmost terminus at St. Paul with its westernmost terminus on the Pacific coast.

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“Peace Rumors”, “Minnesota Regiments” and “State News”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – February 2, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/peace-rumors-minnesota-regiments-and-state-news-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-2-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/peace-rumors-minnesota-regiments-and-state-news-the-saint-cloud-democrat-february-2-1865/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16576

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Beadwork Fragment http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/beadwork-fragment/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/beadwork-fragment/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16580

A piece of buckskin (probably top of moccasin or vamp) with incomplete beadwork with needle still attached with thread. Collected by Frances Densmore and donated to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1930. Possibly attributed to the Ojibwe.

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“News Items”, The Rochester Republican – February 1, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/news-items-the-rochester-republican-february-1-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/02/news-items-the-rochester-republican-february-1-1865/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16573

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“News Items”, From Wilmington” and “Repeal of the Illinois Black Laws”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 31, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-items-from-wilmington-and-repeal-of-the-illinois-black-laws-the-stillwater-messenger-january-31-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-items-from-wilmington-and-repeal-of-the-illinois-black-laws-the-stillwater-messenger-january-31-1865/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16570

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Goal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/goal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/goal/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16489

A University of Minnesota hockey player scores a goal against North Dakota on February 7, 1954.

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“From Fort Fisher” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – January 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16509

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“From Fort Fisher” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – January 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865-2/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16566

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Ink Blotter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ink-blotter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ink-blotter/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16486

A rectangular paperboard ink blotter with depiction of Indian woman advertising for Wabasha Roller Mills, Minnesota, circa 1920.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 28, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-28-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-28-1865/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:44:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16563 Cloudy & variable[.] Cool in the morning warm in afternoon[.] Windy at night[.] On duty as B. O. of D. made the rounds twice during the day[.] had a nice little horse to ride “All quiet”[.] Writing reading &c. Saw Colonel Barritt and had a short talk with him.

Citation: January 28, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Images of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/16557/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/16557/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16557
Once again, our Collections are featured in the Huffington Post, and just in time for the end of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival!

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Spool Rack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/spool-rack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/spool-rack/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16483

A spool rack used by Mrs. Quentin (Alice Lee Palmer) Horner, a Minneapolis dressmaker in the 1950s and 1960s. The rack consists of a wooden frame with ten (10) rungs, each with eight (8) nails holding spools of thread.

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“Stanton’s Trip South” and “South Carolina”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 27, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/stantons-trip-south-and-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-27-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/stantons-trip-south-and-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-27-1865/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16506

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St. Anthony Falls http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/st-anthony-falls/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/st-anthony-falls/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16480

A rare stereographic daguerreotype showing St. Anthony falls in Minneapolis in the 1850s.

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“From Sherman” and “Negro Citizenship”, The Wabasha County Herald – January 26, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-sherman-and-negro-citizenship-the-wabasha-county-herald-january-26-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-sherman-and-negro-citizenship-the-wabasha-county-herald-january-26-1865/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16503

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Tiger Jack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tiger-jack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tiger-jack/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16477

A small gouache on paper painting of St. Paul institution Tiger Jack. Made by Minnesota artist Shirley Jean Wallner in the 1990s.

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“The News” and “Rebel Account of the Fall of Fort Fisher”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 24, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-rebel-account-of-the-fall-of-fort-fisher-the-stillwater-messenger-january-24-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-rebel-account-of-the-fall-of-fort-fisher-the-stillwater-messenger-january-24-1865/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:00:53 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16500

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royalty, 1978 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/1978-saint-paul-winter-carnival-royalty/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/1978-saint-paul-winter-carnival-royalty/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16513 On a January evening in 1978, young women dressed all in white began arriving at the St. Paul Municipal Auditorium. They were the Royal Princesses of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all hoping to be crowned Queen of the Snows. The gilded, cavernous Auditorium had been transformed into the Great Hall of Jupiter for the coronation ceremony. King Boreas had been crowned and on this night a Queen would be chosen to represent the City in the coming year.

Auditorium, St. Paul, before the addition. Ca. 1922

St. Paul Winter Carnival ceremonies at auditorium, St. Paul. Ca. 1948

Donaldson's Golden Rule, Seventh and Robert, St. Paul. Ca. 1966

Donaldson's Golden Rule, Seventh and Robert, St. Paul. Ca. 1966

The Princesses had been preparing for months. In the fall of the previous year, Donaldson’s Department Store began an internal selection process for for their own store-sponsored representative. As many as nine single women, aged 18 to 25, were nominated internally and judged on personality, poise, maturity, and walk. By late Fall, Donaldson’s had selected their candidate.

Marlene Richter had taken a position at Donaldson’s a few years earlier and joined in the store’s 1978 Winter Carnival competition in order to expand her social horizons. A University of Minnesota chemical engineering student, Marlene hoped that participating in the Winter Carnival competition would create opportunities to meet new people, outside of the the men surrounding her at school.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows coronation gown. Ca. 1978

Once she was selected as Donaldson’s Winter Carnival candidate, Marlene began preparing with the manager of the women’s wear department. Candidates and sponsors were responsible for providing a formal white coronation gown. The hunt for the perfect gown took the two women to a bridal shop in Rosedale Mall, where they found a two piece formal dress complete with lace and marabou feather trim that fit Marlene beautifully, straight off the rack.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas uniform. Ca. 1978

On coronation night, Marlene and the other candidates stood under the hot lights of the Auditorium stage, nervous and excited. When the Grand Chamberlain bowed before Marlene, it took a moment for her to realize the choice was made; she would be Queen of the Snows. King Boreas (Dan Dolan), in his own imposing red uniform complete with gold braid and white gloves, crowned the new queen. The rest of the evening passed in a blur of activity; from a reception at the Radisson hotel on Kellogg Boulevard and back to a women-only suite at the St. Paul Hotel, where the remaining princesses would be outfitted with matching gold gowns to differentiate between Queen and Princesses.

SPWC Royal Coronation at the St. Paul Auditorium, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene Killa

Queen of the Snows Marlene Richter, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene (Richter) Killa

The Royal party would appear at the annual parade and other events during Carnival in St. Paul, but their duties did not end there. As Snow Queen, Marlene made about 400 appearances throughout 1978, following the Carnival tradition of spreading St. Paul hospitality across the state and the nation. She was part of the last group of Carnival royalty to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade in California, on a float with Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty. She wore her coronation gown to many of these events, but wore at least eight other dresses throughout the year.

Marlene’s reign ended with the passing of her crown at the 1979 King Boreas coronation event. The Winter Carnival experience was all she had imagined and more. Donaldson’s sponsorship not only financed the wardrobe and other costs associated with Carnival, but enabled Marlene to travel extensively. Her social hopes were also realized; she created lasting friendships with the royal party and met Michael Killa, a member of the 1978 Royal Guard. Marlene and Mike later married.

SPWC Royal Party, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene Killa. Michael Killa is 3rd from the right in the top row

After her time in Carnival, Marlene (Richter) Killa would go on to earn an MBA and spend twenty-two years as an engineer at Ecolab, a St. Paul-based multinational developer and manufacturer. For the past decade she and her husband Mike have worked together on their own construction company. Marlene and Mike took part in Saint Paul Winter Carnival activities for years following 1978: Marlene served as a judge for the 1980 Queen of the Snows competition and was active with the Former Queen’s Club for many years. Mike served as Captain of the Guard in 1986 and both were active with the Royal Party that year.

Sondra Reierson, Associate Curator, 3D Objects

See more:

  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival guide to related MNHS collections, including photographs and artifacts.
  • St. Paul Auditorium photographs. The Auditorium was razed in 1982; Ordway Theater was partially constructed on the original site of the Auditorium, beside the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
  • In 1961 Donaldson’s, a Minneapolis company, merged with the Golden Rule department store in St. Paul and changed the store’s name to Donaldson’s a few years later. The St. Paul location remained in the Golden Rule building until 1980, when it moved to the Town Square complex. The original building still stands at 85 7th Place East, St. Paul.
  • Ecolab, Inc. records

Artifacts referenced:

  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows coronation gown <2014.162.1.A,B> Two piece white formal gown worn by Marlene (Richter) Killa as the 1978 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows.
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas uniform <1988.396. and 1998.413.> Jacket, pants, hat, gloves and scepter used by Daniel F. Dolan as the 1978 Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas.
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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 23, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-23-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-23-1865/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16496 Cloudy and cold[.] Order for [cousolidation] of the 65th with the 67th arrived. giving names of Officers to be retained[,] myself among the number. All the rest to be mustered out of the service. 5 Capts.[,] 7 1st Lts. In the 67th to be mustered out. Drew boots for company & issued them to men. Drilling a large Company quite cold, so I was attacked with a severe toothache & headache. Had dress parade. Recd. 2 letters from home.


Citation: January 23, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Bob Hope in Town http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bob-hope-in-town/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bob-hope-in-town/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16473

Bob Hope and some fans in Minnesota for the 1949 Aquatennial.

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“Sherman’s Army in Motion” and “The Peace Movement”, The Saint Paul Press – January 22, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/shermans-army-in-motion-and-the-peace-movement-the-saint-paul-press-january-22-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/shermans-army-in-motion-and-the-peace-movement-the-saint-paul-press-january-22-1865/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:58:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16493

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Dakota Moccasins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/dakota-moccasins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/dakota-moccasins/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16470

A pair of beaded Dakota moccasins with split tongues ending in tinkle cones. Made sometime between 1870 and 1920.

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Ceramic Bottle by Martha Cutkomp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ceramic-bottle-by-martha-cutkomp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ceramic-bottle-by-martha-cutkomp/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16467

Wheel-thrown stoneware bottle with matte black wash on body from shoulder to base and an opaque white glaze on rim opening made by Martha Cutkomp. Circa 1960-70.

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“Glorious News from Wilmington” and “From the South”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 20, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/glorious-news-from-wilmington-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-20-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/glorious-news-from-wilmington-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-20-1865/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16456

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Roy Wilkins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/roy-wilkins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/roy-wilkins/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16462

On this day, January 20 in 1969 President Johnson awards the Medal of Freedom to civil rights activist Roy Wilkins. Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1923.

This photograph from 1959 shows Roy Wilkins (center) with Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.

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“Fort Fisher Fallen”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – January 19, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/fort-fisher-fallen-the-saint-cloud-democrat-january-19-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/fort-fisher-fallen-the-saint-cloud-democrat-january-19-1865/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16453

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Schell’s Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/schell%e2%80%99s-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/schell%e2%80%99s-sign/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16459

A cardboard Schell’s Brewing Company Weizen advertising sign from the 1990s.

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“The News” and “Probably Passage of the Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery”, The Rochester Republican – January 18, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-probably-passage-of-the-constitutional-amendment-abolishing-slavery-the-rochester-republican-january-18-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-probably-passage-of-the-constitutional-amendment-abolishing-slavery-the-rochester-republican-january-18-1865/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16450

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A letter from Thomas Christie to his father providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war – January 17, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-providing-a-list-of-the-ten-states-in-which-he-has-traveled-during-the-war-january-17-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-providing-a-list-of-the-ten-states-in-which-he-has-traveled-during-the-war-january-17-1865/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16446 A letter from Thomas Christie, near Pocotaligo, South Carolina, to his father, James Christie, providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war, and the situation in South Carolina.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Camp near Pocotaligo, S.C. Jan. 17th, 1865.
Dear Father,
Tonight I put S.C. at the head of my sheet, as I have before this put several others. Here is the list: Minn, Wis, Ill, Mo, La, Miss, Tenn, Ala, Ga, and now S.C. Before the Army of the Tennessee finishes its work, you will no doubt see N.C. and Va. at the top of my letters. […] I find the map of Georgia and Virginia by Lloyd, which I have carried from Atlanta, very useful. 19th, I have been very busy preparing my men, horses, and the gun for active service. Several necessary things had to be drawn from the Quartermaster. […] We do not think much of South Carolina; it seems to be all sand, pines, palmettos, and swamps. Our Division drove the Rebels out of the two lines of works near here, and our lines now extend to the Coosawatchie. It is said that we are to stay here for at least a week, so we have fitted up everything in good shape. All of us are in good health, except for slight colds, owing to the rain. I am on guard to night; but a soldier must not grumble over the weather! However, I often dream of the time when I shall be able to sleep every night, and all night, undisturbed by guard, march, work, or fighting. […]
Yours Affectionately,
T.D.C.



See the whole letter: 1865-01-17_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 17, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie to his father James Christie. Thomas and Carmelite Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1282, box 41]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 16, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-16-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-16-1865/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16442 Clear fine day. Regt. inspected at an early hour by Capt. Patton[.] On Duty as Brig. Field Officer of the Day. Made the rounds twice during the Day, and once at night[.] Leut Capt. Frost – $1.25 h, Lt. [H…ich] Whitebill [.] Capt. Mann. Condemned my tents & other C& G.E.

Citation: January 16, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Broken Shovel http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/broken-shovel/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/broken-shovel/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16417

A man bemoaning his fate after his shovel broke during a heavy snowfall, March 18, 1951.

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Confederate Flag Fragment – January 15, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/confederate-flag-fragment-january-15-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/confederate-flag-fragment-january-15-1865/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16439 A fragment of a Confederate flag captured on January 15th, 1865, at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, in North Carolina.  The wool “L” shaped fragment is fraying along the cut edges. Owned by Private George E. Lowry of the 13th Indiana Infantry, Company C, which was engaged at Fort Fisher.

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Two multicolored signs advertising “Burma-Shave” shaving cream, used by Burma-Vita Company, 1951-1952. These signs are housed in a concave dark wooden support used at the juncture of a wall and ceiling in a streetcar to display advertisements. The signs read, “WHEN SUPER-SHAVED / REMEMBER, PARD, YOU’LL STILL GET SLAPPED / BUT NOT SO HARD!” and “SAID ONE WHISKER TO ANOTHER / CAN’T GET TOUGH WITH THIS STUFF BROTHER.

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Tonka Hook and Ladder http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tonka-hook-and-ladder/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tonka-hook-and-ladder/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16411

Bright red steel & white plastic toy hook & ladder truck made by Tonka Toys of Mound, Minnesota in 1988.

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“News From The South”, “From Louisiana” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 13, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-from-the-south-from-louisiana-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-13-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-from-the-south-from-louisiana-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-13-1865/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16431

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Bra for Victory http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bra-for-victory/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bra-for-victory/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16408

Brassiere styled with an American flag pattern. Made by the Vassar Company to promote the company’s war efforts. Vassar Company was purchased by Munsingwear Inc. of Minneapolis. Circa 1940s.

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Common Loon Gunning Decoy by Laurie McNeil http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/common-loon-gunning-decoy-by-laurie-mcneil/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/common-loon-gunning-decoy-by-laurie-mcneil/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:40:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16434

Photo: Jeff Smith, Allen & Marshall Auctioneers

“Phenom” is a well-worn idiom in the creative arts, but it’s an apropos expression of Laurie McNeil’s extraordinary talent.  Starting with a sheet-rock knife and no formal training, the Minneapolis native burst onto the scene in 1985 and within a year went from virtual obscurity to international best-in-show winner.  Most of McNeil’s decoys, which take about 500 hours for a life-sized work, are crafted from a block of tupelo, a wood favored by decoy carvers for its softness and buoyancy.  A cardboard template is used to trace an outline onto the wood, which is then cut out with a band saw.   Rotary tools and wood-burning pens are then used to further define the decoy and create fine details like feathers.

Video: Common Loon Decoy from Start to Finish – Less Than Two Minutes (courtesy: Laurie McNeil)

A critical step in the creative process is weighting the figure so it floats – a judging requirement in gunning decoy competition and a necessity for hunting use (a rarity since McNeil’s decoys often sell for thousands of dollars).  This exquisite specimen, McNeil’s first life-size rendition of Minnesota’s state bird, was executed in 1987 and proved an especially challenging figure to self-right.  Opting to forgo a keel, McNeil hollowed the body and head and used lead weights for ballast.  Uncertain of the efficacy of her engineering, McNeil concealed a rueful message inside the bird’s head which reads, “If you are reading this note, something serious has happened to my Loon!” Miraculously, the decoy took to water like the proverbial duck and won best-in-show that year at the prestigious Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts California Open. McNeil became the first woman to win the open-class competition at that event, a singular honor which garnered the admiration of wildfowl carvers and collectors nationwide.

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Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/brigadier-general%e2%80%99s-shoulder-straps/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/brigadier-general%e2%80%99s-shoulder-straps/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16405

Pair of United States Army brigadier general’s shoulder strap rank insignias used during the Civil War. Each strap is embroidered in bullion with a silver five-point star within a gold border on velvet backing with cloth ties. Collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sibley House Association.

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A letter to James Christie from his son Thomas describing Georgia and oystering – January 11, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-to-james-christie-from-his-son-thomas-describing-georgia-and-oystering-january-11-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-to-james-christie-from-his-son-thomas-describing-georgia-and-oystering-january-11-1865/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16427 A letter to James Christie from his son, Thomas Christie stationed at Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah, Georgia, reporting on “oystering” in the bay, and delays in their departure.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah,
January 11th, 1865
My dear Father:
[…] We have had first rate times since coming down here & I have been on the water every day. The second day I went out into the inlet in a boat to where a vessel is sunk, which shows a good part out of the water when the tide is out, & myself & two comrades got over a bushel of oysters which were sticking on the sides of the hulk. […] I cut my hands all to pieces though, in pulling the sharp clusters of oysters off the bed & the soaking in salt water don’t make them feel any the more agreeable. […] Not off yet & don’t know when we shall be, as the Infty. of the 15th Corps is going on the Boats, & it is said that we have to wait for a larger vessel than ordinary, on account of getting room for our Guns & Caissons.  We are too much used to such delays since we have been in the service to fret much about it, and we no doubt enjoy ourselves as much here as we would at Beaufort. […]
Thos. D. Christie



See entire letter here: 1865-01-11_ChristiePDF

Citation:  January 11, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281

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“The News”, Losses Inflicted upon the Rebels in the last Sixty Days” and “Our Minnesota Troops at the Battles near Nashville”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 10, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-losses-inflicted-upon-the-rebels-in-the-last-sixty-days-and-our-minnesota-troops-at-the-battles-near-nashville-the-stillwater-messenger-january-10-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-losses-inflicted-upon-the-rebels-in-the-last-sixty-days-and-our-minnesota-troops-at-the-battles-near-nashville-the-stillwater-messenger-january-10-1865/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16424

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Frozen http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/frozen/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/frozen/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16385

A milk bottle frozen after sitting outside too long during a January 1937 cold spell.

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.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 8, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-8-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-8-1865/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:44:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16421 Cloudy day. threatening storm[.] On Duty as R.O. of Day. Reading & writing[.] visited all the Co. Qrs[,] Kitchens, Hospital &c with Capt. Scholes. Storm of rain commencing.

Citation: January 8, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Minnesota Fan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/minnesota-fan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/minnesota-fan/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16381

A brown plastic “Deskair” electric desk fan made by B & B Remembrance of St. Paul, MN. Circa 1960.

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Quilt by Nancy Gipple http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/quilt-by-nancy-gipple-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/quilt-by-nancy-gipple-2/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 06:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16376

Tree series quilt by Nancy Gipple. Image of a tree trunk and branches in a grid style of strip quilt using cotton printed fabrics and embellishments. Made in 1995.

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“Official Bulletin”, “News From the South” and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 6, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/official-bulletin-news-from-the-south-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-6-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/official-bulletin-news-from-the-south-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-6-1865/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16401

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Mille Lacs Ojibwe Grass Dance vest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/mille-lacs-ojibwe-grass-dance-vest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/mille-lacs-ojibwe-grass-dance-vest/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16372

A small Mille Lacs Ojibwe grass dance vest made in the 1960s or 70s.

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother regarding skirmishes and accuracy of artillery – January 5, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-regarding-skirmishes-and-accuracy-of-artillery-january-5-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-regarding-skirmishes-and-accuracy-of-artillery-january-5-1865/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16397 A letter from Thomas Christie stationed in Savannah, Geoigia, to his brother Alexander Christie, telling of his Infantry company’s recent skirmishes with the Rebels and the accuracy of the Union artillery.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Savannah, Ga.
Jan. 5th 1865
My dear Sandy:
[…] When we passed through the line of Rebel forts on our way to the city on the morning of the 21st we had a good chance to see the effect of our shots. Their embrasures were completely torn to pieces, & two of their guns had been dismounted by our Rodmans. I don’t think you have much idea of the terrible accuracy of our kind of guns, which the Rebels confess they dread far more than any other kind; Probably you think your rifle is pretty good at shooting, but what would you say to see a two foot square target in the shape of an embrasure, hit twice out of three times at a mile distance. This we have done repeatedly, and we have never failed yet to have the last shot with either Batteries or sharpshooters. […]
Th. D. Christie

See entire letter here: 1865-01-05_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 5, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box B]

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Lion http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/lion/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/lion/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16368

A large oil on canvas painting of “Lion” an Irish Wolfhound owned by Henry Sibley. It was painted in 1841 by Charles Deas.

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