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, 19 Sep 2014 05:01:18 +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 Shooting Football http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shooting-football-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shooting-football-2/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15656

A photographer shooting the University of Minnesota football team on September 15th, 1937.

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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“Grant” and “The Rebel Statement of their own Strength”, The Saint Paul Press – September 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/grant-and-the-rebel-statement-of-their-own-strength-the-saint-paul-press-september-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/grant-and-the-rebel-statement-of-their-own-strength-the-saint-paul-press-september-18-1864/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15664

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Salt and Pepper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/salt-and-pepper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/salt-and-pepper/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15653

A pair of black and white ceramic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of the Hamm’s bear holding a sign for Hamm’s Beer in its front paws from the 1970s.

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Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany while a Confederate prisoner-of-war to his wife about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange – September 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-to-his-wife-about-his-continued-hope-of-a-prisoner-exchange-september-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-to-his-wife-about-his-continued-hope-of-a-prisoner-exchange-september-17-1864/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15661 Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, to his wife  about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange.
A partial transcription of the letter:

C.S.A Prison Charleston S.C.
Sept. 17th 1864
My Dear wife,
[…] I am in my usual good health; we expect now very soon to be exchanged no doubt I think. Hope keeps the spirits up. Scarcety of paper makes me take this sheet, on the other piece of which a very pretty song is written, which I have crossed out. I have no money so you see cant spend any[.] get paper the best way I can, very often through the generosity of others. When I come to Min. I will tell you now, what I would like to see on the table at every meal, a bountiful pile of Min Pottatoes. never in my life did I want them so anxiously.[…] wrote you two letters from Macon[.] I wonder if they ever reached you. How do you get along? When did the wood give out I cut for you? are you all well? If we get off from here in the next ten days, may meet a letter from you. This kind of way of earning money I do not like although quite good pay and may think yet deliver me[.] Be of good cheer my dear Lizzie, always that is like me you know[,] look on the bright side. God bless you all & may our little family circle be kept entire[.] When will Mrs Baxter ever find out about the death of her husband? My good wishes to all[.]
A W Tiffany

Citation: September 17, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]

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Morrison Family http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/morrison-family/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/morrison-family/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15650

A double 1/9th plate Daguerreotype photograph of Russell and Fanny Morrison made in the 1860s.

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“The Latest by Telegraph”, McClellan’s Acceptance”, and “From Tennessee”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-mcclellans-acceptance-and-from-tennessee-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-mcclellans-acceptance-and-from-tennessee-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-16-1864/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15631

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Necklace http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/necklace/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/necklace/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15647

“Kiwi” fiber necklace with flame worked beads suspended from the edge of the necklace. Macrame necklace of bonded nylon thread with faceted beads woven into the center. Made by Bernadette Mahfood of Winona, Minnesota in 2008.

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“The End of the Rebellion Near at Hand”, “From the Fourth Regiment,” and “Little Mac Not Heard Of”, St. Cloud Democrat – September 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-end-of-the-rebellion-near-at-hand-from-the-fourth-regiment-and-little-mac-not-heard-of-st-cloud-democrat-september-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-end-of-the-rebellion-near-at-hand-from-the-fourth-regiment-and-little-mac-not-heard-of-st-cloud-democrat-september-15-1864/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15637

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Cavalry Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/cavalry-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/cavalry-jacket/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15644

United States Army cavalry enlisted soldier’s dress uniform worn by Private Oscar V. Challander of the 12th Cavalry, Company H. The gold trimmed jacket is draped with a gold aiguillette, has gilt brass General Service buttons and a standing band collar with gilt brass crossed sabers pins at either side with “12″ and “H” in the angles.

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“McClellan and Dixie”, “Letter From Gen. Grant,” and “From Gen. Sully”, The Rochester Republican – September 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/mcclellan-and-dixie-letter-from-gen-grant-and-from-gen-sully-the-rochester-republican-september-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/mcclellan-and-dixie-letter-from-gen-grant-and-from-gen-sully-the-rochester-republican-september-14-1864/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15634

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“The News”, “Gen. Grant’s view of the Situation”, and “From Washington”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-gen-grants-view-of-the-situation-and-from-washington-the-stillwater-messenger-september-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-gen-grants-view-of-the-situation-and-from-washington-the-stillwater-messenger-september-13-1864/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15628

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-12-1864/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15640 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment  who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now at his family’s home in St. Charles, Illinois. On September 12 he writes simply, “Weather Rain.” On the 14th Marvin will start on a tip to Iowa. He writes: “Packed up and started for Ioway[.] JJ gave me two tickets to Dubuque[.] Boat left at 4 Pm[.] 40 miles[...]“

Citation: September 7-14, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/squirtin-gertie/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/squirtin-gertie/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15589

A specially equipped Douglas C-54 Skymaster icing project airplane, named “Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th” in the hanger at the Ice Research Base in Minneapolis on November 18, 1947.

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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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, on staying in the Armyand the upcoming presidential election – September 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-on-staying-in-the-armyand-the-upcoming-presidential-election-september-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-on-staying-in-the-armyand-the-upcoming-presidential-election-september-11-1864/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15624 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth,  giving his thoughts on why he feel he must stay in the Army, and commenting on the Union Ticket in the upcoming presidential election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 11th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…] I wish very much to see you and be with you. I can hardly express how greatly I desire it. But at the same, it has been my intention all along to remain in the army until the end of this war. I cannot disregard your expressed wish in a matter of such right and reason on your part, yet I do not wish to be compelled to leave the army until I can see fully and clearly that we have a country in which we can live in peace and security – an undivided country and a good government. Without these I would not live in the country – I should leave it, sure. I think a few months hence will give us much light. If the copperhead ticket should be successful, the country I fear would be ruined. If the Union ticket shall succeed, and Abraham Lincoln, or any other good union man shall be elected president, the rebels will then see no hope. Besides I think the two great campaigns in Georgia and Virginia must come to some definite result before many months. At Atlanta the armies are in such position that a day may decide the result. It may take weeks or months longer to decide in Virginia. But should we be successful in beating these two great armies before election, there would be literally no opposition to the re-election of the Union ticket and no doubt about the safety of the government need to be feared. I am surprised that you should ask me how I intend to vote. You ought to know me better than that by this time. Do you think I am in earnest in staying in the army or just in fun? I shall vote the Union ticket if I live and am permitted to vote at all. Any person – kin or former friend – who shall vote for the nominee of the Chicago convention, I shall regard with contempt, as much my enemy as an armed rebel! […]
Ever your loving hubbie,
Madison

See the entire letter here: 1864-09-11_Bowler_combined res

Citation: September 11, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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Iron Ore http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/iron-ore/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/iron-ore/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15586

A gouache painting on paper of a Northern Minnesota iron mine made by Cameron Booth in 1938.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-10-1864/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:01 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15621 Clear and warm[.] Fell rather unwell all day long, but find great consolation in Reading the Religious Literature furnished by the Blessed Christian Comm. Wrote some letters for the boys. Drew and issued a large amount of clothing to the company. $300 worth. Cannon target practice all evening.

Citation: September 10, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Little Rock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/little-rock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/little-rock/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15583

On this day, September 10th in 1863 during the Civil War, the Third Minnesota Regiment is involved in the Battle of Bayou Fourche, sometimes called the Battle of Little Rock. This painting made by Stanley Arthurs commemorates this event. While the painting is normally on view in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol, the Capitol is currently undergoing renovations.

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“The Latest by Telegraph”; “From Sheridan’s Army”, and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- September 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-sheridans-army-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-sheridans-army-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-9-1864/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15618

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bandolier-bag-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bandolier-bag-2/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15580

A large beaded bandolier bag with flower/bird designs and includes the initials “MF” sewn into the top of the strap.

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Recommendations Required http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/recommendations-required/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/recommendations-required/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15599 October 4, 1848, then President of the American Fur Company Ramsay Crooks writes from La Pointe Lake Superior:

Na-gwon-ay-bie, Chief of the Mille Lac [sic] Band of Chippewas has uniformly conducted himself with uncommon propriety for an Indian.

With his traders he has proven himself an honest, trustworthy man, while with the agents of the United States he enjoys the reputation of a prudent, sensible, well-disposed Chief, whose good example and discreet counsel have had a salutary effect on the characters of his people—I therefore recommend Na-gwon-a-bie [sic] to the kind consideration of all who esteem public and private worth as a person fully entitled to their confidence and good offices.

The preceding transcription is from a document in a newly acquisitioned collection that gives a glimpse into the complex relationships between Native American and European fur traders in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Crooks letter of recommendation for Chief Negwanebi.

Negwanebi was First Chief of (what was then known as) the Mille Lacs Indians. He served as a tribal representative for the 1825 Treaty of Prairie du Chien Council and was also a signatory on the 1826 Treaty of Fond du Lac and the 1837 Treaty of St. Peters.

Ramsay Crooks (1787-1859) was an early Scottish-Canadian fur trader, who served as General Manager (1817-1834), then President of the American Fur Company (1834-1859). Early 20th century historians describe Crooks as exceptionally gifted in creating positive diplomatic relationships with Native fur traders. {1}

This new acquisition is a signed and sealed letter of recommendation written by Ramsay Crooks for “Na-gwon-ay-bie, Chief of the Mille Lac [sic] Band of Chippewas” (also known as Nayquonabe/Negwanebi or Tallest [Quill] feather). The letter’s value goes beyond its connection to one of the Great Lakes area’s most notable industries. The existence of such a letter begs for deeper consideration of the sort of environment where such a recommendation was necessary. So pervasive were the stereotypes of native peoples in the European ethos that a signed and sealed certificate by a well-respected white trader was considered a valid method of proving trustworthiness.

Before these important pieces of our past could be made available to our researchers, we had to address the 168 years of damage and deterioration that our staff members could repair.

Images of the letter pre-conservation work. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Extensive conservation work was performed on the Ramsay Crooks letter of recommendation for Chief Na-gwon-ay-bie and related papers. The letter was the oldest document in this collection and was most in need of care. It appears that as the letter deteriorated from age and use, layers of paper and cloth were adhered for support, with further damage caused by the addition of two now rusting metal fasteners.

The cloth backing of the letter shows damage left by a rusted paperclip and a yet to be removed metal fastener in the upper right hand corner. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Tears were apparent along the folds of the document and the ribbon and seal were frayed and cracked respectively.

Close up showing tears and cracked wax pre-conservation treatment. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Conservation staff cleaned and removed adhesive and metal fasteners from the document. Creases were removed by relaxing the paper with a moist swab and applying light pressure. Treatments disclosed a previously unseen line of text on the lowest crease of the letter. Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste were used to mend the tears along the edges of the document and the folds. A custom sink mat with cover was made to protect the document’s raised ribbon and wax seal.

Letter of recommendation following conservation treatment. Note the entire line of text uncovered during treatment! Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

A more detailed description of the conservation work done for these materials is included in the papers.

Special thanks to Society conservationists Sherelyn Ogden and Jenna Bluhm. The Conservation web page available on the MNHS’s website is a great resource for those interested in learning more about the Society’s conservation practices and how everyone can better preserve and protect their own documents and items. Access to this collection requires the permission of the curator.

Shelby Edwards, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts

{1} J. Ward Ruckman. “Ramsay Crooks and the fur trade of the Northwest.” Minnesota History Vol. 7, no. 1 (Mar. 1926).

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“Glorious News!: Atlanta Captured”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – September 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/glorious-news-atlanta-captured-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/glorious-news-atlanta-captured-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-8-1864/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15574

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U of M Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/u-of-m-jersey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/u-of-m-jersey/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15577

A maroon and gold University of Minnesota football sweater worn by Egil Boeckmann in 1903. Stitched to the back in gold colored wool felt is “M/ 6 to 6″. Boeckmann scored the touchdown that tied the Minnesota-Michigan game in the first “Little Brown Jug” game; it was worn to celebrations following the game.

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“Army Correspondence” and “Latest News”, The Rochester Republican – September 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/army-correspondence-and-latest-news-the-rochester-republican-september-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/army-correspondence-and-latest-news-the-rochester-republican-september-7-1864/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15571

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“Sherman’s Army Occupies Atlanta!” and “The News”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shermans-army-occupies-atlanta-and-the-news-the-stillwater-messenger-september-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shermans-army-occupies-atlanta-and-the-news-the-stillwater-messenger-september-6-1864/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:00:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15568

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/marvin-september-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/marvin-september-5-1864/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15564 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, September 5, 1864. Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On September 5 he writes simply, “Weather pleasant”. Several days prior, on August 28 he recounts, “Helped Harry sack about 8 thousand #[.] Wool fell off the Stageing[,] hert my hip and Shoulder but not bad[.]”

See entire week’s worth of entries: 1864-09-05_Marvin_combined

Citation: August 26-September 6, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Skywriter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/skywriter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/skywriter/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15552

“7-Up Sky Writer” Bob McManus in his airplane on April 23, 1938.

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“Atlanta is Ours!”, “The Situation”, and “From Nashville”, The Saint Paul Press – September 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/atlanta-is-ours-the-situation-and-from-nashville-the-saint-paul-press-september-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/atlanta-is-ours-the-situation-and-from-nashville-the-saint-paul-press-september-4-1864/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15561

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Legacy Bobber http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/legacy-bobber/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/legacy-bobber/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15549

Red and white plastic fishing float or bobber promoting the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008.

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“News of our Own State”, “The Difference Between Recruits and Drafted Men”, and “Important News”, The Rochester City Post – September 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/news-of-our-own-state-the-difference-between-recruits-and-drafted-men-and-important-news-the-rochester-city-post-september-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/news-of-our-own-state-the-difference-between-recruits-and-drafted-men-and-important-news-the-rochester-city-post-september-3-1864/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15558

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Sails http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/sails/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/sails/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15546

An oil on canvas painting titled “Sails on Lake Minnetonka” made by Ada Wolfe in 1914.

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“From the Sixth Regiment”, “The Sick and Wounded”, and “General Early’s Movement in the Shenandoah Valley”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/from-the-sixth-regiment-the-sick-and-wounded-and-general-earlys-movement-in-the-shenandoah-valley-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/from-the-sixth-regiment-the-sick-and-wounded-and-general-earlys-movement-in-the-shenandoah-valley-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-2-1864/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:42:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15555

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Feed Sack Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/feed-sack-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/feed-sack-quilt/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15543

Small feed sack quilt featuring dress prints in a tumbling blocks pattern. Circa 1940-50.

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“Latest News by Telegraph” and “Rebel Propositions for Peace”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – September 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/latest-news-by-telegraph-and-rebel-propositions-for-peace-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/latest-news-by-telegraph-and-rebel-propositions-for-peace-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-1-1864/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15536

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Language Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/language-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/language-button/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15540

A pin-back button that states “Save Minnesota’s First Languages”.

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“Telegraphic News”, “State Items”, and “Sheridan”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 31, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/telegraphic-news-state-items-and-sheridan-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-31-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/telegraphic-news-state-items-and-sheridan-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-31-1864/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15533

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“News Items” and “The Fifth Regiment”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/news-items-and-the-fifth-regiment-the-stillwater-messenger-august-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/news-items-and-the-fifth-regiment-the-stillwater-messenger-august-30-1864/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15530

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – August 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-29-1864/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15527 Cloudy but clearing off[.] On duty as Regimental Officer of the Day. Feel unwell, but making out muster Rolls. Got a bottle of Pain Killer & trying it. Firing among the Grand Guards. Visited Guards twice. Had some old Knapsacks[,] canteens[,] haversacks &c. condemned by Inspector.

Citation: August 29, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Gypsy Rose Lee at the Fair http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/gypsy-rose-lee-at-the-fair/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/gypsy-rose-lee-at-the-fair/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15485

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of the world famous Gypsy Rose Lee at the 1949 Minnesota State Fair.

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Letter from James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, to his nephew providing comments about the Copperheads in Maine and the upcoming national election – August 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-to-his-nephew-providing-comments-about-the-copperheads-in-maine-and-the-upcoming-national-election-august-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-to-his-nephew-providing-comments-about-the-copperheads-in-maine-and-the-upcoming-national-election-august-28-1864/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15523 Letter from James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, to his nephew, James Madison Bowler, providing comments about the Copperheads in Maine and the upcoming national election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Bangor Augt 28 1864
My Dear Nephew
[…] Last evening I listend to a very able and effective speech from Gen Gnatt of Ark[.] […] Hall was crowded to overflowing[.] he is speaking in the principal towns in this part of the state and I hope may convince some mean copperheads of the error of their ways[.] The draft comes off here the 5th of next month[.] we have furnished our quota and some men on all calls previous to the last and have been recruiting the last months on the last call but shall come short. The Copperheads are organizing for a desperate fight in the coming campaign. I think we shall show them at our State election that Maine goes for the Union and as Maine goes so goes the Union[.] Abraham must be reelected and no compromise with rebels[.] […]
J N Bowler

See entire letter here: 1864-08-28_Bowler res

Citation: August 28, 1864, Letter from James H. Bowler to James Madison Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330

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Harvest Season http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/harvest-season/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/harvest-season/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15482

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

An autumn landscape watercolor painting made by John Lucius and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 1957 Minnesota State Fair.

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“Union County Convention”, “The News” and “From the Ninth Regiment”, The Rochester City Post – August 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-draft-from-the-south-and-late-news-items-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-draft-from-the-south-and-late-news-items-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-26-1864/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15516

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Driver http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/driver/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/driver/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15479

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A view of racecar driver Emory Collins in his car before a race at the 1925 Minnesota State Fair.

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“The Draft”, “From The South”, and “Late News Items”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – August 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-draft-from-the-south-and-late-news-items-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-26-1864-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-draft-from-the-south-and-late-news-items-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-26-1864-2/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15520

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Midway http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/midway/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/midway/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15476

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This photo shows four girls trying on the World’s Fattest Man’s pants on the midway of the 1950 Minnesota State Fair.

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Letter from John N. Bradford to his wife discussing the capture and escape of Hutchinson and protecting the railroad – August 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-john-n-bradford-to-his-wife-discussing-the-capture-and-escape-of-hutchinson-and-protecting-the-railroad-august-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-john-n-bradford-to-his-wife-discussing-the-capture-and-escape-of-hutchinson-and-protecting-the-railroad-august-25-1864/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:00:59 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15506 Letter from John N. Bradford of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, from Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, commenting on the capture of John Grover of Hutchinson of Minnesota and his escape, and ongoing problems protecting the railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

August 25th 1864
Altoona GA
Darling
[…] the Rebels captured John Grover of our Co. night before last – he cooks for the Col. and Maj.[.] he was out side of the lines buying Vegetables[.] he got away from them the same night[.] they robed him of 27 dollars[,] his watch[,] knife[,] and comb[.] it is hard to fight such a set of beings as they[.] they are no better than set of hyway robbers[.] should be kiled as fast as come to[.] Aug 27th we have more trouble on the rail road[.] they tore up half a mile last night[.] eight cares was thrown down an imbankment[.] kiled four and wounded several[.][…]
with much love, hopeing soon to see you[,]
John



See entire letter here: 1864-08-25_Bradford_combined

Citation:  August 25, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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Fair Souvenir http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/fair-souvenir/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/fair-souvenir/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15473

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This is a glass Minnesota State Fair souvenir paperweight filled with shells, one of which reads “Souvenir of the Fair.” circa 1900-1940.

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“Up, For Our Country Calls” and “Military Operations”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/up-for-our-country-calls-and-military-operations-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/up-for-our-country-calls-and-military-operations-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-24-1864/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15503

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“A Regiment of Rebel Deserters” and “The Draft sure to come off on September 5th”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-regiment-of-rebel-deserters-and-the-draft-sure-to-come-off-on-september-5th-the-stillwater-messenger-august-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-regiment-of-rebel-deserters-and-the-draft-sure-to-come-off-on-september-5th-the-stillwater-messenger-august-23-1864/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15500

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – August 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-august-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-august-22-1864/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15496 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On August 22 he writes, “Wrote to Jack[.] Weather pleasant[.]” On August 16 he writes, “In the Evening attended the Theater[.] […]”

See entire week’s entries: 1864-08-22_Marvin_combined

Citation: August 14-25, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Adlai in MN http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/adlai-in-mn/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/adlai-in-mn/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15425

Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson and an aide are surprised by the photographer during an October 4, 1952 campaign visit to Minnesota.

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1919 Fire Truck at MN State Fair http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/1919-fire-truck-at-mn-state-fair/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/1919-fire-truck-at-mn-state-fair/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:54:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15489
Every year we lend our 1919 Ford Model T Fire Truck to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the MN State Fair Parade.  It is one of a very few vehicles that we keep maintained in running condition.  This one was the first unit used by the Minnesota Forest Service and will lead the parade on Friday this week (8/22/2014) for Fire Prevention Day.  It is a special year because Smokey Bear turns 70 this year.

Nicole Delfino Jansen, Central Registrar

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“Sherman”, “The Movement Against Mobile” and “The Released Charleston Prisoners”, The Saint Paul Press – August 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/sherman-the-movement-against-mobile-and-the-released-charleston-prisoners-the-saint-paul-press-august-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/sherman-the-movement-against-mobile-and-the-released-charleston-prisoners-the-saint-paul-press-august-21-1864/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15471

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The Beatles http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-beatles/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-beatles/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15422

On this day, August 21 in 1965 the Beatles performed at Metropolitan Stadium. This photograph shows a crowd of nearly 4000 fans awaiting the arrival of the Beatles at the airport.

For more information on this concert, see this article in Minnesota History magazine.

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Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war about the hope of prisoner exchange – August 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-of-company-h-ninth-minnesota-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-about-the-hope-of-prisoner-exchange-august-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-of-company-h-ninth-minnesota-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-about-the-hope-of-prisoner-exchange-august-20-1864/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:05:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15448 Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, about the hope of prisoner exchange.

Charleston S.C. Aug 20th 1864
My Dear wife
I wrote to you one week ago. I wonder if you have received it & will get this. I am still a prisioner of war here, I get along with my captivity remarkably well I do think, well all the time, I scarcely can tell how I keep so, but I do[.] “A speedy prospect of exchange” I just hear[.] I hope so, I wonder how you get along[.] well I hope all[.] I will see you this Fall I think without a doubt my life spared[.] some of the officers here are sick no general complaint[.] It is quite warm, we have salt water for bathing which I like[.] I hear there is to be a draft in the North in Sep. May Mr Burton be spared[.] if he has to go I will come & take his place. does your wood still last? I have not heard from[g] you since the the last of May[.] I cannot write much not on one page. Expect to go North before your letter reaches me[.] All is well, let that suffice[.] A W Tiffany


Citation: August 20, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]

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MN Kicks http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/mn-kicks/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/mn-kicks/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15419

An orange Minnesota Kicks halter-top. Circa 1976-1981.

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“Rebels on the Ohio”, “From Grant’s Army”, and “From Sherman’s Army”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – August 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/rebels-on-the-ohio-from-grants-army-and-from-shermans-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/rebels-on-the-ohio-from-grants-army-and-from-shermans-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-19-1864/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15445

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Engineman’s Hat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/enginemans-hat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/enginemans-hat/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15416

United States Navy first class engineman’s dress blue cap that was worn by Seth A. Brown of Saint Paul, Minnesota, who served on the Pacific fleet tug USS Pinola (AT-33) after World War I. The cap (.C) has a disc-shaped crown on a standing band that is faced with black ribbon and embroidered “U.S.S. PINOLA” in gold. Cap is lined with blue silk inked “S.A. BROWN”.

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Artists Selected for 2014/15 Native American Artist-in-Residence Program http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/artists-selected-for-201415-native-american-artist-in-residence-program/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/artists-selected-for-201415-native-american-artist-in-residence-program/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:30:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15451
The Minnesota Historical Society has recently awarded three six-month paid residencies to artists Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse and Gwen Westerman. Each artist works in a traditional media, which together represent many of the major historical art forms of the region: beadwork, birchbark, and textiles (ribbonwork).

These residencies were created to provide opportunities for artists to use collections at MNHS, as well as at other institutions, in order to develop their respective art forms. These residencies, while rooted in historical research, are designed to provide a platform for artists to move their art forward. While in residence, each of these artists will continue to develop research and community outreach plans that delve deeply and broadly into their communities, to gain new knowledge and to share their expertise.

Jessica Gokey, is a beadwork artist who lives in the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) community in Hayward, Wisconsin. She has been beading for more than ten years and shares her knowledge with members of the community by teaching at the LCO Ojibwa Community College. Gokey believes that sharing her “knowledge of traditional Ojibwe beadwork will help preserve the art of beadwork for future generations.” She plans on researching the extensive bandolier bag and other beadwork collections.


Pat Kruse, a birch bark artist who lives in the Mille Lacs community in Minnesota, has been working with birch bark for more than 30 years. Kruse creates birch bark products “to honor the old ways and the ancestors that practiced these ways.” He will research the birch bark collections and continue to build an apprentice relationship with his son, in order to pass on this traditional knowledge.

Gwen Westerman, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, is a textile artist who lives in Good Thunder, Minnesota. As a member of the six generations of women in her family who have made quilts, she sees quilts as having not only a utilitarian function but also as containing stories. Westerman has been expanding her textile arts with other traditional art forms to “find new ways to tell our stories.” She plans on researching and revitalizing traditions of Dakota ribbonwork.

The Artists-in-Residence were selected based on the recommendations of a panel consisting of experts in the field of Native American arts and culture. The panel members are Sasha Brown (Santee Dakota), Joe Horse Capture (A’aninin Tribe of Montana) and Scott Shoemaker (Miami Nation).

The Native American Artist-in-Residence program is made possible in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Rita Walaszek, Collections Assistant
Ben Gessner, Native American Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator

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“From The Seventh Regiment” and “Latest News By Telegraph”, The St. Cloud Democrat – August 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/from-the-seventh-regiment-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/from-the-seventh-regiment-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-18-1864/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15442

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Norwegian Trunk http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/norwegian-trunk/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/norwegian-trunk/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15413

A large wooden trunk with a domed lid made in Norway and brought to Minnesota. The trunk is painted with rosemaling inside and out and has wrought iron top and side bail handles, as well as side braces and lock plate. “Fidri, Knuds, Datter, Ldjen, Aar 1825″ is painted on the front of the trunk.

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“Telegraphic news”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-17-1864/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15439

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“The Hardships of the Draft” and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-hardships-of-the-draft-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-august-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/the-hardships-of-the-draft-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-august-16-1864/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:00:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15436

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – August 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-15-1864/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:00:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15432 Cleaned up once more[.] Camp dry again. Drilled compy. 2 hours in forenoon. Guard mounts at 9 a.m. now. Have charge of the Battalion[.] at work on the Trenches. Got a load of brick to brick our tent. A story I find is being circulated in camp to my discredit.

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

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Emma and her Brownie http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/emma-and-her-brownie/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/emma-and-her-brownie/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15401

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this black and white print of Emma Ray and her Brownie box camera in 1917. Emma was a prolific St. Paul photographer at the turn of the century. Photography was forever changed with the invention of the Brownie camera in 1900. It was a low cost and easy to use format and popularized amateur photography and the candid “snapshot”.

To learn more about the Sadie and Emma Ray photography collection, please watch this podcast.

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A letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon, to his sister Nellie telling about recent fighting – August 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-to-his-sister-nellie-telling-about-recent-fighting-august-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-to-his-sister-nellie-telling-about-recent-fighting-august-14-1864/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:52:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15428 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written near Waterford, Mississippi, telling about recent fighting.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Near Waterford
Aug 14 1864
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We left camp at Waterford a week ago to day – and took up our position near the Tallahatchie river – about 14 miles from Holly Springs – About 11 o’clock last night  as we were sleeping nicely, first we heard were some shells – the enemy was in force but ¼ mile and in the dead of night tried to get us out of our nice place. Of course we were routed and had to get up and pack up – our sleep was destroyed for the night. The next morning our artillery came up and we [commenced] shelling them – and prepared to cross and ‘go” for them five companies went over in a boat and I went with them as surgeon[.] we succeeded in driving the enemy – with but three wounded. Almost every day since we have had fighting in our front but I have our regiment has not been engaged. Yesterday our forces killed and wounded nearly 150 rebels. […]
Your loving brother
B. Mattocks


See the entire letter: 1864-08-14_Brewer_combined

Citation: August 14, 1864. 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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First State Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/first-state-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/first-state-capitol/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15397

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this Carte de Visite showing the first Minnesota State Capitol in 1865. The Carte de Visite was a wildly successful photographic medium because it used a negative/paper print process which made it possible to make cheap multiples from a single negative. A glass negative is made, sometimes with several images of the same subject on it, and then is used to make a paper albumen print which is mounted on a card.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – August 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-august-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-august-13-1864/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:00:53 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15410 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On August 13 he simply comments, “Weather pleasant”. On August 11 he comments, “Attended Theater last night[.] playe Octoroon girl [S…] Luisana[.] J J Evens stayed with me last evening[,] is just from Tenn[.] L J [Alrred] took dinner[.] Weather pleasant[.]”

Citation: August 10-13, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Sam Bloomer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/sam-bloomer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/sam-bloomer/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15394

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this tintype portrait of Samuel Bloomer, member of Company B of the First Minnesota. The tintype was a popular photographic method in the 1860s and 70s because it was fast to make, much cheaper than a daguerreotype and was relatively durable. The process was similar to the ambrotype, but instead of glass, the image is made on a black lacquered piece of iron.

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“From Sherman’s Army”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – August 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/from-shermans-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/from-shermans-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-12-1864/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15407

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Densmore Family http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/densmore-family/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/densmore-family/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15391

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this ambrotype double portrait of the Densmore family, circa 1863. The ambrotype process is an off-shoot of the wet-plate collodion process where a positive image is made on glass then viewed against a black background.

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“Latest News By Telegraph”, “From Grant’s Army” and “From The Seventh Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – August 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/latest-news-by-telegraph-from-grants-army-and-from-the-seventh-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/latest-news-by-telegraph-from-grants-army-and-from-the-seventh-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-11-1864/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15404

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Three Men http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/three-men/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/three-men/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15388

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this 1/4 plate Daguerreotype of three men drinking, circa 1870. The daguerreotype was one of the first photographic processes in wide-spread use. It uses a polished silver plate that is developed over fuming mercury and then sealed in a case to prevent oxidation of the silver plate.

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“Union Reverses” and “Telegraphic News”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/union-reverses-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/union-reverses-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-august-10-1864/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:00:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15385

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“A Compliment to the Gallant Seventh Minnesota” and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-compliment-to-the-gallant-seventh-minnesota-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-august-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-compliment-to-the-gallant-seventh-minnesota-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-august-9-1864/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15381

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – August 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-8-1864/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15378 Cloudy, but pleasant. Procured some goods from Comy. Reading & writing[.] Drilled Co in afternoon[.] Capt. Whitford joined the Regt. From an 80 days furlough[.] commenced building Bakery[.] Goodnews from Mobile[.] 2 forts taken[,] also 2 rains[.]

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

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Friday the 13th http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/friday-the-13th/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/friday-the-13th/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15340

A photo of a girl pointing out Friday the 13th on an August 1937 calendar.

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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“A Naval Attack on Mobile”, “Sherman”, and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Press – August 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-naval-attack-on-mobile-sherman-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-press-august-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/a-naval-attack-on-mobile-sherman-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-press-august-7-1864/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15375

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Hamm’s Bottle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/hamms-bottle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/hamms-bottle/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15337

A brown glass bottle of “Hamm’s Export” beer, circa 1930s.

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – August 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-august-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-august-6-1864/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:06:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15370 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. He might be planning on traveling, because on August 6 he writes:

“Weather pleasant[.] Dunleath [Illinois] to McGrger [McGregor, IA] 64 ms [/] “ “ Prare D Che [Prairie Du Chien, WI] 71 “ [/] “ “ La Crosse 164 “ [/]  “ “ Winona 205 [/] “ “ Wabashaw 254 [/] “ “ Redwing 309 [/] “ “ Hastings 345 [/] St Paul 371[.]“

See the whole week’s worth of entries here: 1864-08-06_Marvin_combined

Citation: July 21 – August 9, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Beaded Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/beaded-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/beaded-bag/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15334

A small leather drawstring bag with beaded floral designs, made in Blackduck, MN sometime in the early 1900s.

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“Gen. Smith’s Battles Near Tupelo, Miss” and “First Minnesota Battalion”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – August 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/gen-smiths-battles-near-tupelo-miss-and-first-minnesota-battalion-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/gen-smiths-battles-near-tupelo-miss-and-first-minnesota-battalion-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-august-5-1864/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15361

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Presidential Menu http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/presidential-menu/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/presidential-menu/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15331

A menu from the Great Northern Railway for the “TRIP OF THE PRESIDENT”, the rail journey President Roosevelt took from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. on August 3-10, 1934.

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“Grand Assault on Petersburg” and “From Sherman’s Army”, The St. Cloud Democrat. August 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/grand-assault-on-petersburg-and-from-shermans-army-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/grand-assault-on-petersburg-and-from-shermans-army-the-st-cloud-democrat-august-4-1864/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15358

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Corn Parade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/corn-parade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/corn-parade/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15328

A view of the Sweet Corn Festival parade in Olivia, Minnesota on August 4, 1949.

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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Letter from John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment in Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, reporting on the activities of cavalry troops – August 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-in-altoona-georgia-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-reporting-on-the-activities-of-cavalry-troops-august-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/letter-from-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-in-altoona-georgia-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-reporting-on-the-activities-of-cavalry-troops-august-3-1864/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15354 Letter from  John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment in Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, reporting on the activities of cavalry troops and receiving new guns.

Altoona. Ga. August 3rd 1864
it has rained rained very hard to day[.] was on picket last night[.] it rained as hard as it could rain[.] [Bill.] Patricks. Divis. of Cavilry pased through here to day going to the front[.] the Rebel Cavilry are in our rear[.] we expected an attack here last night[.] to day five hundreds of our Cavilry got after some of them seven miles from here and run them off[.] if they run that easy I guess we will not be troubeld with them[.] we have drawn new guns to day[.] they are the Spring field Rifle[.] the bright barrel they are hard to keep clean[.]



See full letter here: 1864-08-03_Bradford_FULL

Citation:  August 3, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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Diary entry by Nathan Palmeter – August 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-nathan-palmeter-august-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-nathan-palmeter-august-2-1864/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 14:00:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15351 Entry in the diary of James Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., by Nathan Palmeter, also of the 9th Regiment, Co C., who is a captive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. On August 2 he writes: “very cloudy this morning[.] also very cool[.] taking out a large number of sick[.] about 3 P.M. it rained a very heavy shower[.] in the Evening cool. J.M. Woodbury died[.]” Palmeter introduces himself on July 31, writing: “Nathan Palmeter[,] Co. C. 9th Min[.] […] Was taken Prisoner June 13th 1864 about 2 P.m. had no Blows nor Boots nor Blanket[…]”.

Citation: August 2, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – August 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-august-1-1864/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15348 Clear and airy, warm. Feel much better thank God. able to walk round with ease. [I] making out my monthly returns of C. C & G. E. & clothing Receipt Roes[.] Two chemneys fell[.] Co drew rations[.] Writing a letter[.]


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

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Golfin’ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/golfin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/08/golfin/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15288

A photograph of a group of guys out on the Theodore Wirth Golf Course, July 27, 1952.

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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Hudson Bridge Drawing http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hudson-bridge-drawing/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hudson-bridge-drawing/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:48:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15309

One of the recent additions to the State Archives is a large collection of bridge plans from the Bridge Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). This set is made up primarily of plans and blueprints for nearly 1,000 bridges from around the state spanning from 1895 to 1973. It also contains two unique pencil drawings, including this one for a bridge crossing the St. Croix River. This drawing shows a proposed plan for a truss bridge (DOT bridge number 5999) that wasn’t actually built, connecting Lakeland, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin, dated October 10, 1945. The drawing has the initials R.W.C. but the full name of the illustrator is not known. This drawing was discovered by one of our volunteers as he went through the collection sheet by sheet and made a complete inventory of it. The other bridge in this collection that has a pencil drawing is bridge number 5895 in Hastings, MN.

This collection is an addition to bridge plans we already hold from the Department of Transportation.

Anjanette Schussler, Government Records Assistant

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“From Memphis” and “Glimpses of the South”, The Saint Paul Press – July 31, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/from-memphis-and-glimpses-of-the-south-the-saint-paul-press-july-31-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/from-memphis-and-glimpses-of-the-south-the-saint-paul-press-july-31-1864/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15318

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Hamm’s and the Hollow http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hamms-and-the-hollow/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hamms-and-the-hollow/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15285

This woodblock print on paper made by Minnesota artist Gary Egger shows the Hamm’s Brewery and Swede Hollow. It was created in 1980 as part of the Dayton’s Bluff Print of the Month Club.

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Letter from Thomas Christie, near Atlanta, to his brother providing an overview of how General Sherman’s Army is organized – July 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-thomas-christie-near-atlanta-to-his-brother-providing-an-overview-of-how-general-shermans-army-is-organized-july-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-thomas-christie-near-atlanta-to-his-brother-providing-an-overview-of-how-general-shermans-army-is-organized-july-30-1864/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15314 Letter from Thomas Christie, near Atlanta, to his brother, Alexander Christie, providing an overview of how General Sherman’s Army is organized.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Mighty near Atlanta, Sa July 30th 1864
My Dear Sandy,
[…] I see in the accounts of our fight on the 22nd published in the Louisville papers the most glaring mistakes in regard to the different Corps engaged & for fear you do not understand how Sherman’s Army is organized, I will tell you. Sherman’s Grand Army is composed of the troops of three Departments of the Military Division of the Mississippi, each commanded by the Departmental Commander & all independent of each other, acting under the supreme command of Genl. Sherman. These Armies are – The Army of the Cumberland, Genl. Thomas; The Army of the Ohio, Genl. Schofield; & our own Army of the Tennessee, before the 22nd under McPherson, then for awhile under Genl. Logan, & now commanded by Maj. Genl. Howard, one of the best men in Uncle Sam’s Army. Now each of these Armies is composed of Army Corps, – the Army of the Cumberland of three – the 4th Corps, of Howard’s (I do not know who commands it now) the 14th Corps – (Palmers) & the 20th Corps (Hookers). The Army of the Ohio has only one Corps here, – the 23rd – & Schofield commands it in person – The Army of the Tennessee has three Corps, – The 15th (Genl. Logan) 16th (Genl. Dodge) & the 17th (Genl. Blair).[.] Each of the Army Corps is composed of 2, 3, or 4 Divisions & the Divisions are subdivided in to Brigades, composed of three or four Regts. each. The two Divisions of our Corps that are present (3rd & 4th) are commanded now by Genls. Legget & Giles M. Smith respectively, since our Genl. Gresham was wounded on the 20th. Now you understand how Sherman’s Army is composed better than two thirds of the Army Corespondents here. […]
Think of the duck hunting we will have with that famous Rifle when you again see your Affectionate brother[,]
Thos. D. Christie



See whole letter here: 1864-07-30_Christie_combined

Citation:  July 30, 1864. 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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Sheriffs on a Motorcycle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/sheriffs-on-a-motorcycle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/sheriffs-on-a-motorcycle/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15282

A photograph of Anoka County sheriffs performing a stunt on a motorcycle, circa 1935.

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“New Infantry Regiment”, “From Sherman’s Army” and “Late News Items”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – July 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/new-infantry-regiment-from-shermans-army-and-late-news-items-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/new-infantry-regiment-from-shermans-army-and-late-news-items-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-29-1864/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15311

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Water Skis http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/water-skis/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/water-skis/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15279

A pair of water skis made by the White Bear Water Ski Company of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, circa 1960.

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“Bad News from Shenandoah Valley” and”From Sherman’s Army”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – July 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/bad-news-from-shenandoah-valley-andfrom-shermans-army-the-saint-cloud-democrat-july-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/bad-news-from-shenandoah-valley-andfrom-shermans-army-the-saint-cloud-democrat-july-28-1864/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:45 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15305

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Solar Cooker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/solar-cooker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/solar-cooker/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15276

A photograph showing a solar cooker built by summer school students at Brimhall School, Falcon Heights in 1966.

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., who has been taken captive by rebels and is being held at Andersonville Prison, Georgia– July 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-taken-captive-by-rebels-and-is-being-held-at-andersonville-prison-georgia%e2%80%93-july-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-taken-captive-by-rebels-and-is-being-held-at-andersonville-prison-georgia%e2%80%93-july-27-1864/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15302 “Cloudy and Hot[.] camp full of roomers[.] the after noon it clouds up and looks like rain[.] rains a little in the evening[.]” Woodbury himself was taken to the hospital the previous day, and his diary is now in the possession of Nathan Palmer, another Union captive at Andersonville Prison, who is continuing the entries.

Citation:  July 27, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Letter from surgeon Ebenezer Mattocks to his sister – July 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-surgeon-ebenezer-mattocks-to-his-sister-july-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-surgeon-ebenezer-mattocks-to-his-sister-july-26-1864/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15298 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written near Waterford, Mississippi, giving details of his work as a surgeon and the treatment of “rebel families”.

Partial transcript:

…The next morning our artillary came up and we commenced shelling them-and prepared to cross and “go” for them five companies went …in a boat and I went with them as surgeon  we succeeded in driving the enemy- with but three wounded—Almost every day since we have had fighting in our front but our regiment has not been engaged- Yesterday our forces killed and wounded nearly 50 rebels…I love this kind of life- am perfectly happy when there is fighting to be done- I have been ordered by the medical Director in our next battle to act as brigade surgeon- in the field- that is I am the only surgeon in our brigade who is to accompany the brigade into battle- the other surgeons are to remain back two miles…[my] duties are to staunch the bleeding wounds-see them loaded, and send them back to the rear.  I stand no better chance now than the rest of the officers and men- but yet I hope I woun’t get killed…I give you an idea of how the soldiers use Rebel families.  I will give you an instance- when we came here there was a large house near by- with a large family- with a great many little children- our soldiers stole every thing there was in the house- even to their clothes- knives & forks & now we must feed them or they would starve- Such outrages ought not to be  tolerated- sometimes my heart bleeds for the people rebels though they are…

See whole letter here: 1864-07-26_brewer

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Quartermaster’s map of Atlanta, Georgia – July 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/quartermaster%e2%80%99s-map-of-atlanta-georgia-%e2%80%93-july-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/quartermaster%e2%80%99s-map-of-atlanta-georgia-%e2%80%93-july-25-1864/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15274 Street map of Atlanta, Georgia printed on cotton fabric.  The map includes streets, railroad lines, waterways, and an index to twenty building locations.  Across the bottom is: “Drawn and printed at Top’l.  Engr. Office, Hed. Qrs. A.C., in the field, July 25th, 1864.”  The signature of “W.G. LeDuc” is in black ink in the upper left.  The map was used during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc of Minnesota, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war.

See it in Collections Online.

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