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 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +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 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-19-1864/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16291 Cloudy but very warm. Working on house[.] Reading Shakespear. Hamlet, & Richard III.


Citation: December 19, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Harry the Horse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/harry-the-horse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/harry-the-horse/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16240

Harry “The Horse” Gallatin of the NY Knicks with the ball during Game 1 (or 2) of the 1953 NBA Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers.

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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“Victory: Another Grneat Battle Near Nashville” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – December 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/victory-another-grneat-battle-near-nashville-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-december-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/victory-another-grneat-battle-near-nashville-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-december-18-1864/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:22:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16288

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Piece of the U.S.S. Minnesota http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/piece-of-the-u-s-s-minnesota/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/piece-of-the-u-s-s-minnesota/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16237

A carved oak fragment of the hull of the USS Minnesota with engraved silver plaque reading “Trophy / From U.S. Battle Ship Minnesota / PRESENTED BY / T. Buttler & Co. Boston Mass. / TO / A.S. of N. Crew of Minnesota No. 1.” The ornamental trophy was created when the Minnesota was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy and scrapped in 1901.

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US Army Cartridge Box – December 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-cartridge-box-december-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-cartridge-box-december-17-1864/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16265 United States Army leather cartridge box with two adjustable straps, an implement pouch and a tin insert.  The box is stamped “US” on the flap and with a U.S. Ordnance Department stamp on the underside.   It was used by Private Frederick D. Carson, LL.D., of the 5th Wisconsin Regiment, Company H.  This box was reportedly issued only to the 1st Division, 6th Army Corps during the winter of 1864-1865 in front of Petersburg, Virginia.

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Mendota South http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/mendota-south-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/mendota-south-2/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16234

A woodcut print on paper titled “Mendota South” made by Alexander Masley in 1935.

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“Sherman’s Raid” and “Particulars of the Late Movement of Ge. Foster”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- December 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/shermans-raid-and-particulars-of-the-late-movement-of-ge-foster-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/shermans-raid-and-particulars-of-the-late-movement-of-ge-foster-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-16-1864/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16262

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U.S.S. Maumee Pennant http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/u-s-s-maumee-pennant-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/u-s-s-maumee-pennant-2/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16231

Dark blue and gold felt pennant of the U.S.S. Maumee (AO-2), which was commissioned in 1916 and refueled destroyers at sea during World War I. The pennant reads “U S N [United States Navy] / U.S.S. MAUMEE”.

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“Latest News”, Saint Cloud Democrat – December 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/latest-news-saint-cloud-democrat-december-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/latest-news-saint-cloud-democrat-december-15-1864/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16258

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Boreas Rex Keychain http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/boreas-rex-keychain/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/boreas-rex-keychain/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16228

King Boreas XVIII keychain from the 1954 Winter Carnival Coronation program. Plastic holder containing a photo of Walter Dorle in uniform and his title “Boreas Rex XVIII”.

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Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife – December 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-to-james-madison-bowler-from-his-uncle-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-reporting-on-the-death-of-the-uncles-wife-december-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-to-james-madison-bowler-from-his-uncle-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-reporting-on-the-death-of-the-uncles-wife-december-14-1864/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16254 Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife, and commenting on the progress of the war effort.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Bangor Dec. 14 1864
My Dear Nephew,
I have to communicate to you the painful and to me heart rending intelligence of the death of my very dear, dear Wife[.] She died 29th day of November[.] I cannot describe to you my own feelings in this most severe affliction. […] The [s…pt] of yours of Sept. 13th was very gratifying to me particularly to hear that your health was improving and that during your years of hard service in the defense of our much loved country  you have escaped any serious accident while so many brave fellows have fallen on the battle field or from sickness caused by exposure in our armys[.] I hope your life will be spared to see and enjoy the rich blessing of a Union firmer and Stronger than ever before. The greatest battle during the war has been fought and a most glorious victory won in our late National election without the shedding of blood it was a terrible blow to the rebellion and foreign Nations understand fully the position of the people in relation to this war. It is of no used for me to say anything about the progress of the Union cause for you know as much as I[,] we have not known but little of Gen Shermans movements except what we get through rebel sources but one thing we are very sure of that whatever he has undertaken will be accomplished[.] the rebels have known and will know more to their great damage[.] next we shall probably hear from Gen Grand. The rebellion may live another year and perhaps longer but we have plenty of men yet and no matter if it takes five years longer to save this Union it must and will be done[.]
Very truly yours J.H. Bowler


See entire letter here: 1864-12-14_Bowler_combined

Citation: December 14, 1864, Letter to James Madison Bowler from his uncle James H. Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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“The President’s Message”, and “Minnesota’s Contribution to the Army”, The Stillwater Messenger- December 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-message-and-minnesotas-contribution-to-the-army-the-stillwater-messenger-december-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-message-and-minnesotas-contribution-to-the-army-the-stillwater-messenger-december-13-1864/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16251

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-12-1864/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16247 Very Cold morning. Relieved by Lt. Johnson[.] Lt Roberts goes on Grand Guard. At work on my Company Qrs. Put up the Rafters, but could do no more for want of material[.] Send a letter to mother also my photograph[.] Exchanged one with Lt Kreps, Sherrin, Sproenle Butler & [.]

Citation: December 12, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Lineup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/lineup/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/lineup/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16187

1949 Miss Minnesota contestants lining up for the swimsuit competition.

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, describing the “colored reg’t.” – December 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-the-colored-regt-december-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-the-colored-regt-december-11-1864/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:03:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16243 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing the “colored reg’t.” and the company feelings towards an officer.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.,
Dec. 11th, 1864.
Dear Lizzie:
[…] In one of your letters you inquire about my colored Regt. We have four companies full, with full complement of officers, a Lieut Col., Adjutant, and quartermaster; and a fifth company nearly full. […] Gen Steel has been relieved from the command of this Dept. by Maj. Gen. Reynolds. Our Division Commander Gen. Salomon tried to get the Regts of his division to raise $50. a piece to purchase a sword for Gen. Steele. The officers of this Regt. held a meeting, and passed resalutions not to give a cent for such a purpose. He has not done right by us, and we are willing he should know it. Give my love to all, and give Birdie a kiss for her papa.
Ever yours,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1864-12-11_Bowler_Combined

Citation: December 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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Sandpaper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sandpaper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sandpaper/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16183

Cardboard box from 3M Company labeled “IMPERIAL / SANDPAPER / 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. – ST.PAUL, MINN. / REG. U.S. PAT OFF. / 3MCo [LOGO] / B-A / SINCE 1828 / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. / SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA / REG. U.S. PAT OFF.” Early twentieth century.

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7th Minnesota Campaign Chest – December 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/7th-minnesota-campaign-chest-december-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/7th-minnesota-campaign-chest-december-1864/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16210 Campaign chest made during the Civil War in Memphis, Tennessee by an African American for Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, Assistant Surgeon with the 7th Minnesota Infantry Regiment.  The thick wooden trunk has dovetailed corners and metal strips for reinforcement.

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Thomas and Bellamy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/thomas-and-bellamy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/thomas-and-bellamy/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16180

A tintype photograph of Hiram Thomas and Jared Bellamy in Civil War (?) uniforms. 1863.

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Points for Creativity http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/points-for-creativity/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/points-for-creativity/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:50:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16215
How do you encourage people to go see your new production? Easy! Give them cool swag. But when posters and key chains no longer grab people’s attention, marketing offices need to get creative.

This emery board was created in 1963 to promote the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, at the Anoka Theater in Minnesota. With its clever, though slightly nefarious slogan, “File Your Nails – Don’t Bite Them, THE BIRDS is coming”, the nail file successfully suggests the frightening nature of the film, (you will never look at birds the same way), while still giving people something they will actually use and look at frequently.

Slightly less useful, though still creative, is this cell phone holder promoting the 2009 film New In Town. In the movie a woman moves from Miami, Florida to New Ulm, Minnesota and realizes it’s not so bad. Made of red rubber foam, the shoe has the movie’s title written across the vamp, so you read it every time you grab your phone. Perhaps a snow boot would have better evoked the spirit of Minnesota, but it probably wouldn’t hold a cell phone.

Finally, we have a top hat, used as part of the promotional package for the 1995 premier of Julie Andrews’ musical, Victor/Victoria at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. A ribbon above the brim reads “Victor/Victoria” and the hat held dried roses, a plastic vase, a chocolate bar, and more. However, because of the direction of the text it cannot actually be worn as a hat, (well, it could, but everyone would be craning their necks trying to read upside-down). So instead, it’s a hat that promotes the musical from your dresser. It’s probably a perfect storage space for your nail file and cell phone holder.

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“The Libby Prison. Inside View of It”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-libby-prison-inside-view-of-it-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-libby-prison-inside-view-of-it-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-9-1864/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16207

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Prince T-Shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/prince-t-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/prince-t-shirt/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16177

Sleeveless lilac cotton/polyester t-shirt with ‘Prince’ & black & white doves on front, ‘Prince/and/the Revolution/World Tour 1984-85′ in purple & yellow lettering on back, by Sneakers, made in U.S.A., 1984.

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“Interesting Letter From “Dixie”‘, The Saint Cloud Democrat – December 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/interesting-letter-from-dixie-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/interesting-letter-from-dixie-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-8-1864/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16204

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US Army brigadier general’s uniform frock coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-brigadier-generals-uniform-frock-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-brigadier-generals-uniform-frock-coat/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16171

United States Army brigadier general’s double-breasted wool flannel frock coat. It was worn during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war. The coat has quilted cotton lining, a velvet faced collar and cuffs, brigadier general’s shoulder straps, and gilded brass General Staff buttons.

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“The War News”, Rochester Republican – December 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-war-news-rochester-republican-december-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-war-news-rochester-republican-december-7-1864/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16201

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“Another Union Victory – Hood again Defeated” and “From Sherman”, The Stillwater Messenger – December 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/another-union-victory-hood-again-defeated-and-from-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-december-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/another-union-victory-hood-again-defeated-and-from-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-december-6-1864/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16198

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Winter One Hundred Years Ago http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/16193/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/16193/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16193
We’ve been asked by The Huffington Post to start blogging on their site. This provides an exciting national platform for Minnesota history!

To see more images like the one below check out our newest post, Winter One Hundred Years Ago 2014-15!

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 05, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-05-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-05-1864/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16167 Montgomery is currently in New Orleans, Louisiana, on leave.

Up early and entered into the great city of New Orleans. Hundreds of vessels, crowd the extensive harbor, of over ten miles length. Men of war of different foreign nations anchored in the River. Any number of schooners, brigs, steam boats &c to be seen. Wandering over the city, visited Mr. Hatch 16, Satchez St. and in company with himself & his father went to Paymaster to see about money, but could not get a dollar. Went next to Provost Marshall’s Office[.] Registered my name & got my permit to remain in the city. I there met my friend Lt. W. J. Noren of the 62d. U.S.C.L. and took up my boarding & lodging where he did at 157 Barome St. Mrs. Swift went with him to the Theater and saw fine play Macbeth.


Citation: December 05, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Santa at the U http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-at-the-u/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-at-the-u/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16138

A helicopter delivers Santa to Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota on December 5, 1952.

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“Battle Near Nashville Imminent”, “Sherman” and “Grant”, The Saint Paul Press – December 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battle-near-nashville-imminent-sherman-and-grant-the-saint-paul-press-december-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battle-near-nashville-imminent-sherman-and-grant-the-saint-paul-press-december-4-1864/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16164

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Silk Day Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/silk-day-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/silk-day-dress/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16135

Dark grey grosgrain silk one-piece princess style, trained day dress. Worn by Amelia Short Messer, Mankato, Minnesota, 1870s.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 03, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-03-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-03-1864/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:00:20 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16160 Clear & fine[.] Made an application to visit New Orleans which was approved, and received an order giving me 7 days leave. Col. Edgerton gave me his pay accounts to collect & c. Preparing for my trip to the city. Rep late.

Citation: December 03, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Dick Tracy Car http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/dick-tracy-car/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/dick-tracy-car/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16132

A tin windup toy version of the police squad car seen in the Dick Tracy comic strip. Lithographed images of Dick Tracy and other police officers decorate the car’s windows. Of the four wheels, three appear to have been made of wood, and one of rubber (the friction/traction wheel). The front grille, lights, and bumper are made from a separate piece of pressed tin. Manufactured by the Louis F. Marx Company between 1949 and 1960.

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“Sherman” and “Gen. Slocum’s Order to his Wing of the Army”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sherman-and-gen-slocums-order-to-his-wing-of-the-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sherman-and-gen-slocums-order-to-his-wing-of-the-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-2-1864/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16157

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St. Paul Street Scene http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/st-paul-street-scene/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/st-paul-street-scene/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16129

An oil on masonite painting of a St. Paul street scene made by Minnesota artist Arthur Allie in the 1930s.

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“Sheridan’s Ride”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – December 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sheridans-ride-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sheridans-ride-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-1-1864/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16154

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Ojibwe Beaded Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/ojibwe-beaded-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/ojibwe-beaded-bag/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16126

A small leather bag with a rounded bottom and a straight top edge. Both sides are beaded with opaque glass beads in a floral beadwork motif on a translucent bead background. The exterior edges are bound with red cloth tape. Made in Blackduck, Minnesota.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about the river and a train wreck – November 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-elizabeth-telling-about-the-river-and-a-train-wreck-november-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-elizabeth-telling-about-the-river-and-a-train-wreck-november-30-1864/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:00:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16147 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about recent movement on the river, and a train wreck on the DuValls Bluff Railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
Nov. 30th, 1864

Dear Lizzie:

A fleet of transports arrived here last week, up the Arkansas river – the first boats that have come up this river since last winter. It looks quite pleasant to see them at the levee. My [S…ler] arrived with a stack of goods. […] A sad accident occurred on the DuValls Bluf RR a few nights ago. Her train was thrown from the track, some five miles from here, and three persons were killed and twenty wounded. A Lieut. and 20 men of the 112” were on the train as guarts. The Lieut. and one man were pretty well bruised. One woman had the flesh completely torn from a leg from the thigh to her foot. She cannot survive long in that condition. Her husband was killed; and her two children escaped unhurt. […]

Truly your loving hubbie,
Madison


See whole letter here: 1864-11-30_Bowler_combined

Citation: November 30, 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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“The News”, “Later from Sherman” and “Attempt to Burn the City of New York”, The Stillwater Messenger. November 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-news-later-from-sherman-and-attempt-to-burn-the-city-of-new-york-the-stillwater-messenger-november-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-news-later-from-sherman-and-attempt-to-burn-the-city-of-new-york-the-stillwater-messenger-november-29-1864/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16144

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – November 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-28-1864/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:00:31 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16141 Clear nice day. Relieved by Lt Guinn & made my report. Wrote to Mrs. More, Lt. Talbot & Dan Williams[.] Made out my monthly Return up to date. Men all on duty. Reading the News, weather mild. River still rising.

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

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Camel Stop http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/camel-stop/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/camel-stop/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16117

A pair of camels getting stopped by the cops during a November 29, 1949 visit to downtown St. Paul.

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“Milledgeville, Georgia, Captured By Sherman”, “Rebel Desertions Since the Election” and “Rebel Plot”, The Saint Paul Press – November 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/milledgeville-georgia-captured-by-sherman-rebel-desertions-since-the-election-and-rebel-plot-the-saint-paul-press-november-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/milledgeville-georgia-captured-by-sherman-rebel-desertions-since-the-election-and-rebel-plot-the-saint-paul-press-november-27-1864/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:00:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16123

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Cooking with Beer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/cooking-with-beer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/cooking-with-beer/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16110

On this Thanksgiving Day our thoughts turn to the turkey, and the potatoes, and the cranberries, and the pies, and … well you get the picture. To inspire you on a day devoted to cooking, we present this Gluek’s recipe box from the 1960s containing all sorts of ideas and recipes for how to cook with beer.

One of the more, ahem, ambitious recipes is reproduced below for your baking enjoyment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Swee-Tone Perfume http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/swee-tone-perfume/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/swee-tone-perfume/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16107

A jug of “Swee-Tone” perfume with the original cardboard shipping box, manufactured by The Nipola Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1930 the Nipola Company was indicted with over thirty other businesses nationwide on charges of conspiring to illegally divert legally obtained alcohol to bootleggers because their products could be distilled for use in bootlegged liquor. This box of perfume was found with a cache of 70 similar boxes behind a false wall in a building on the Ancker Hospital complex at Jefferson and Colborne in St. Paul, Minnesota, shortly before the complex was demolished in 1967.

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“Sherman’s Army”, “Gen. Grant in New York” and “From the South”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/shermans-army-gen-grant-in-new-york-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/shermans-army-gen-grant-in-new-york-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-25-1864/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16120

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Hmong Pillow Cover http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/hmong-pillow-cover/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/hmong-pillow-cover/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16104

A blue cotton/polyester pillow cover with cotton embroidery in chain and long stitch illustrating Hmong men hunting birds and animals in a tree. Made for sale by Hmong refugees in Ban Vinai, Thailand, July 1986.

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U.S. Army Officer’s Non-Regulation Sword and Scabbard – November 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/u-s-army-officer%e2%80%99s-non-regulation-sword-and-scabbard-%e2%80%93-november-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/u-s-army-officer%e2%80%99s-non-regulation-sword-and-scabbard-%e2%80%93-november-24-1864/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16096 United States Army Staff and Field Officer’s non-regulation Model 1850 sword (.A) and scabbard (.B). The etched sword, made by “W. Clauberg / Solingen” has a slightly curved, single-edged blade and a half-basket type brass hilt with silver grips wrapped with brass wire. The etched, browned steel scabbard has gilt brass fittings. The set was presented on November 24, 1864, to Colonel Ozora Pierson Stearns by the enlisted men of the 39th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment.

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WWI Boots and Spurs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/wwi-boots-and-spurs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/wwi-boots-and-spurs/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16100

A pair of non-regulation United States Army officer’s leather calf-length boots worn by Dr. James Martineau of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. The pull-on type boots are equipped with U.S. Army-type German silver (nickel alloy) jack spurs.

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“Important Order” and “Minnesota State Items”, The Rochester Republican – November 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/important-order-and-minnesota-state-items-the-rochester-republican-november-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/important-order-and-minnesota-state-items-the-rochester-republican-november-23-1864/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16093

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“News Items” and “Sherman”, The Stillwater Messenger – November 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/news-items-and-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-november-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/news-items-and-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-november-22-1864/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:45 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16090

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – November 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-21-1864/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16087 Cloudy and wet during last night. Regimental Officer of the day. Rel. Capt. Hudson[.] Reading Modern History. Have read Ancient & Middle (Wellards)[.] Received a letter from home from Father Mother & Bros 2.6, and wrote one to Bro Jal. C. Cold night[.] Drew Rations for my Co. and made Reports[.]

Citation: November 21, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Floyd of Rosedale http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/floyd-of-rosedale/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/floyd-of-rosedale/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16054

A photograph of a University of Minnesota football player and coach/trainer with the Floyd of Rosedale trophy in November, 1937.

The Floyd of Rosedale trophy was introduced in 1935 as the prize given to the winner of the University of Minnesota Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes football game. The Gophers won the 1937 game.

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“Sherman”, From Washington”, and “From New Orleans”, The Saint Paul Press – November 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/sherman-from-washington-and-from-new-orleans-the-saint-paul-press-november-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/sherman-from-washington-and-from-new-orleans-the-saint-paul-press-november-20-1864/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16083

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Northern Ordnance Blotter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/northern-ordnance-blotter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/northern-ordnance-blotter/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16051

A Northern Ordnance Incorporated ink blotter showing Grandpop, Brown & Bigelow’s advertising chimpanzee character. On the left the text reads ” ‘Winning a War Is / No ‘Snap’ ‘ / NORTHERN ORDNANCE INCORPORATED / MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA / MONEY BUSINESS IS FOR MONKEYS.” Printed by Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, MN during WWII.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-19-1864/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:16:25 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16080 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 November 19 he writes, “Packed my Trunk[.] ready for a start home[.] Weather pleasant[.] Wrote to Jim Edgerton[,] Ditto, Pt b s t u k[.]”

Citation: November 18 – 21, 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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Grouse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grouse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grouse/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16048

A watercolor painting of ruffed grouse in the woods at sundown. Made by Roger Preuss circa 1950-60.

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“News From The South”, “The Latest By Telegraph” and “From Grant’s Army”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/news-from-the-south-the-latest-by-telegraph-and-from-grants-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/news-from-the-south-the-latest-by-telegraph-and-from-grants-army-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-18-1864/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16074

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St. Anthony Daguerreotype http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/st-anthony-daguerreotype/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/st-anthony-daguerreotype/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16045

A ¼ plate Daguerreotype showing the St. Cloud and Hartford Land Office in St. Anthony, Minnesota. 1857.

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“From Our Prisoners” and “From Sherman”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – November 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-our-prisoners-and-from-sherman-the-saint-cloud-democrat-november-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-our-prisoners-and-from-sherman-the-saint-cloud-democrat-november-17-1864/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16071

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Paper Fan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/paper-fan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/paper-fan/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16042

A Japanese paper fan with carved wooden sticks, circa 1900.

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“From the South”, The Rochester Republican – November 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-the-south-the-rochester-republican-november-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-the-south-the-rochester-republican-november-16-1864/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16068

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – November 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-15-1864/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16065 Cloudy, Day commenced with a heavy rain. Officer of the Day. Procured from Div. Comy. One bbl. flour $10.44 & 50 lbs. Beans 2.62[.] Lt. [Sproenle] returned to the Regt. from St. Louis. Glorious news from the Elections received[:] Lincoln elected next President of the US.

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

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-14-1864/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:26:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16060 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 November 14 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” On November 13 he commented, “In the evening accompanied Ann & Hattie to a Lecture[.] Subject was Duties of Patents to their children attending Sunday School[.] Weather pleasant[.]”

See week’s worth of entries: 1864-11-14_Marvin_combined

Citation: November 10 – 17, 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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Diplomatic Visit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diplomatic-visit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diplomatic-visit/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16019

A photograph of Hubert Humphrey and Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit during a visit to the Twin Cities in 1950. Pandit was an Indian diplomat and politician from the Nehru family, many of whose members served as Prime Minister.

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”, “Sheridan” and “From New Orleans”, The Saint Paul Press – November 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grant-sheridan-and-from-new-orleans-the-saint-paul-press-november-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grant-sheridan-and-from-new-orleans-the-saint-paul-press-november-13-1864/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16057

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Two Horses http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/two-horses/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/two-horses/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16016

An untitled oil on canvas painting of two horses in a winter field made by Francis Lee Jaques in 1955. This painting once hung in the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – November 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-november-12-1864/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:00:53 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16028 Clear beautiful day. Drew shoes and drawers for my company & issued them. Nothing unusual transpiring. Traded with Div. Comy. 3 lbs. tea. @ $1.05 for 90 bls peas. Had dress Parade. Visited by St. Harrison[.] Attended Officer School[.]


Citation: November 12, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Pudge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/pudge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/pudge/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16013

On this day, November 12 in 1892, Minnesota native Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player in the country when he signs with the Allegheny Athletic Association and is paid $500 for helping to win a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

This photograph shows an older Mr. Heffelfinger posing with an old high-wheel bicycle in 1931.

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“The Elections” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-elections-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-elections-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-11-1864/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16025

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Wool Hood http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/wool-hood/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/wool-hood/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16010

An aviator’s brown wool knit hood. The hood covers the whole head and neck except for the face, and is made in two pieces sewn together along the midline. It was worn in France by First Lieutenant David H. Backus, who served as a pilot with both the French Lafayette Escadrille, and the 49th U.S. Aero Squadron during World War I.

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Jan Kuehnemund’s Vixen guitar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/jan-kuehnemund%e2%80%99s-vixen-guitar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/jan-kuehnemund%e2%80%99s-vixen-guitar/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:29:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16031

A Girl, a Guitar, and a Dream.  It’s a fitting epitaph to Jan Kuehnemund’s remarkable life, which was tragically cut short by cancer in 2013.  The 59-year-old St. Paul native was the founder and lead guitarist for Vixen, the first all-female rock band from the Twin Cities, which rose to international stardom during the glam metal heyday of the 1980’s.  Jan began playing guitar as a teenager and formed her first band, Lemon Pepper, while still in high school. With her dad Carl serving as roadie, Jan and her band mates Laurie Hedlund (drums), Cindy Boettcher (keyboards) and Gayle (Erickson) DeMatoff (bass) played throughout the Twin Cities, including gigs at the Cabooze, Duffy’s and the Union.   As the band honed their chops, they secured a manager and began performing around the country under their new moniker, Vixen.  During the 1970’s Vixen opened for acts such as Styx, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, and Bob Seeger, and in 1979 the girls moved to Los Angeles to strike it big.

By the mid-1980’s Cindy, Laurie, and Gayle had left the band, but Jan continued to pursue her dream with new members Janet Gardner (vocals), Roxy Petrucci (drums) and Glencoe, MN native Share Pedersen (bass). Their 1988 self-titled debut album, Vixen, went gold and was followed in 1990 by the release of Rev it Up and tours with Deep Purple and Kiss.  Vixen disbanded in 1991, but re-formed in 1997 without Kuehnemund.  Jan won a legal battle for the band’s name and revived Vixen in 2001 with new members. With more than 1 million records sold, four songs in Billboard’s Top 100, and six top-ranked videos on MTV during the 1980’s,  Vixen established its legacy as a groundbreaking success in the male-dominated world of heavy metal rock, a feat accomplished in large part due to the vision, talent and perseverance of its guiding spirit, Jan Kuehnemund.


Jan Kuehnemund (left) with Janet Gardner and Share Pedersen at The Town and Country Club in London, 1990. Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns, gettyimages.

Stop by the History Center this week only (through November 23) to see this rock star’s guitars, stage costume, and more. Enjoy!

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/bandolier-bag-3/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/bandolier-bag-3/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16007

A White Earth Ojiwbe bandolier bag made in the early 1900s and owned by Darwin S. Hall who was chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission.

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“The Election”, Rochester Republican – November 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-election-rochester-republican-november-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-election-rochester-republican-november-9-1864/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16001

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“Union Men”, Who Go for McClellan?” and “Soldiers Voting”, The Stillwater Messenger – November 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/union-men-who-go-for-mcclellan-and-soldiers-voting-the-stillwater-messenger-november-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/union-men-who-go-for-mcclellan-and-soldiers-voting-the-stillwater-messenger-november-8-1864/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15998

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-7-1864/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15994 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 November 7 he writes, “Add & I went to Steam boat road Harden City Coal Beds & Eldora[.] Saw. Beautiful Timber Oak[,] Hickory[,] Elm[,] Walnut[,] Sugar Maple[.] Saw Splended farming land[.] Got some Pine cones[.] Was at Mineral point[,] the place of diging Gold is near the coal mines[.] Had a very pleasant trip[.] Weather pleasant[.] Bugey 20 Miles”


See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-11-07_Marvin_combined

Citation: November 2 – 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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Murder Scene http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/murder-scene/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/murder-scene/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15967

A photograph of a shooting victim outside the Panther Room at the Minnesotan Hotel on December 27, 1950.

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“Latest News by Telegraph”, “From Nashville” and “From St. Louis”, The Saint Paul Press – November 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/latest-news-by-telegraph-from-nashville-and-from-st-louis-the-saint-paul-press-november-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/latest-news-by-telegraph-from-nashville-and-from-st-louis-the-saint-paul-press-november-6-1864/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15990

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Yoerg Beer Can http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/yoerg-beer-can/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/yoerg-beer-can/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15964

A silver aluminum/steel crown top style “Yoerg’s Cave Aged Beer” beer can from the 1950’s.

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Letter from Mattocks, surgeon in MN Seventh, to his sister describing condition and the weight of his position – November 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/letter-from-mattocks-surgeon-in-mn-seventh-to-his-sister-describing-condition-and-the-weight-of-his-position-november-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/letter-from-mattocks-surgeon-in-mn-seventh-to-his-sister-describing-condition-and-the-weight-of-his-position-november-5-1864/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15985 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from a lookout Station in Missouri describing marching conditions and the weight of his position.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Lookout Station MO
Nov 5th 1864

My Dear Sister
[…] Having completed our campaign we are now on our way back. I expect if nothing happens we will be in Jefferson City tomorrow morning. Our last three days have been spent marching part of the time in a blinding storm, and part of the time in eight inches of snow – which makes very pleasant marching. As far as I am concerned I do not feel like grumbling, when I see the men walking through the snow, some with bad shoes, and some with little better than no shoes as all. Little do you know at home what soldiers have to undergo, what hardships and [p…ations] they suffer. It sometimes makes my heart bleed to see them. I feel more and more the responsibilities that devolve upon me as surgeon of a regiment. […] Even the colonel has no right to dictate to me or intefere with me in my duties. If I say that twenty men shall be left in at a certain place, or shall be excused from all duties he has no right to change my orders, nor does he try to do it, yet I always make it a point to consult his wishes at all times. […]

See the entire letter here: 1864-11-05_Brewer_combined

Citation: November 5, 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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School District #43 desk and bench http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/school-district-43-desk-and-bench/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/school-district-43-desk-and-bench/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15961

A cast iron and wood school desk and bench used in the Watonwan, Minnesota school district, circa 1889-1919.

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“Our Army Correspondence” and “From Memphis”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/our-army-correspondence-and-from-memphis-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/our-army-correspondence-and-from-memphis-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-november-4-1864/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:00:55 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15977

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Grange Voting Box http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grange-voting-box/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/grange-voting-box/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 05:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15958

Today is voting day for the 2014 midterm elections and in that spirit, we present this wooden voting box used by the Minnesota State Grange, the first state grange to be established in the United States in 1869. It has a hinged “secret” compartment and contains 42 marbles and 12 black plastic cubes.

The Grange is a secret and ritualistic fraternal society of farmers and others interested in agriculture.

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“From the Army” and “Good Terms for Rebel Leaders”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – November 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-the-army-and-good-terms-for-rebel-leaders-the-saint-cloud-democrat-november-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/from-the-army-and-good-terms-for-rebel-leaders-the-saint-cloud-democrat-november-3-1864/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15974

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Bronko http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/bronko/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/bronko/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15955

On this day, November 3 in 1908 football player and professional wrestler Bronislav “Bronko” Nagurski was born in Ontario.

This photograph taken in the 1940s shows Bronko goofing off in the wrestling ring with an unidentified woman.

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“How a Soldiers Looks At It” and “Headquarters Army of the Potomac”, The Rochester Republican- November 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/how-a-soldiers-looks-at-it-and-headquarters-army-of-the-potomac-the-rochester-republican-november-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/how-a-soldiers-looks-at-it-and-headquarters-army-of-the-potomac-the-rochester-republican-november-2-1864/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15953

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“The News”, “Has Nothing Been Done?” and “The Democracy of To-Day”, The Stillwater Messenger – November 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-news-has-nothing-been-done-and-the-democracy-of-to-day-the-stillwater-messenger-november-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/the-news-has-nothing-been-done-and-the-democracy-of-to-day-the-stillwater-messenger-november-1-1864/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15950

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:12:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15940 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 October 29 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” It appears to be a slow, (or perhaps busy) time for Marvin, since his only comments for the past several days are about the weather.

See a week’s worth of entries: 1864-10-29_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 25 – November 1, 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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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 31, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-31-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-31-1864/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15947 Cloydy & damp. Regt was inspected and Mustered by Maj Losey. Working on Muster Rolls. Lt. Roberts on Grand Guard. Had Dress Parade.

Citation: October 31, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Boxing Cats http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/boxing-cats/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/boxing-cats/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15901

A photograph of two black cats boxing over a Halloween pumpkin on October 29, 1937. Happy Halloween!

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’s Entire Army Moving”, “Rebel Plot” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Press – October 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/grants-entire-army-moving-rebel-plot-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-october-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/grants-entire-army-moving-rebel-plot-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-october-30-1864/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15944

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Rocking Chair http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/rocking-chair-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/rocking-chair-2/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15898

A bentwood willow rocking chair painted dark green with an open style flared back and a rolled log seat. Used on the donor’s porch in the early 1900s.

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Colt Model 1860 US Army revolver http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/colt-model-1860-us-army-revolver/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/colt-model-1860-us-army-revolver/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15895

A Colt Model 1860 United States Army .44 caliber, six-shot revolver. It belonged to John B. Sanborn. The revolver has a round barrel, walnut grips, a wheel-engraved Navy scene on the round cylinder, brass mountings and a blade sight. Manufactured by Colt’s Manufacturing Company in New York.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this pistol in our collections database.

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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie on performing surgery on wounded soldiers – October 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-on-performing-surgery-on-wounded-soldiers-october-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-on-performing-surgery-on-wounded-soldiers-october-28-1864/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15928 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Harrisonville, Missouri, telling of pursuing  General Price, difficult marches, and performing surgery on wounded soldiers.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Harrisonville MO
Oct 28th 1864

My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] For the past ten days we have been following up General Price night and day. The nearest we came to him was [Eleven] miles – of course we could not [h…] him as his men are mounted and we are infantry. I think now that we are about through and we expect soon to leave for St. Louis, and from there to Memphis – the Authorities may change our course and we may remain in the field, and follow Price. You have no idea how we have had to travel – in two months we have traveled twelve hundred miles and have had to march a part of the way. Out of 800 men we have but 280 with us – the rest are not dead, but scattered all over the country. I should not wonder if we wintered in Memphis. I hope so. On our last march we came across a battle field fought over by Price and Blunt. There were a number of dead and wounded there. Upon the […tation] of a rebel surgeon I took off a mans thigh and anothers leg – pretty good for a boy isn’t it? […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks

See entire letter here: 1864-10-28_Brewer_combined

Citation: October 28, 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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Whig’s Defeat Pattern Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/whigs-defeat-pattern-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/whigs-defeat-pattern-quilt/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15892

A pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué cotton quilt in Whig’s Defeat pattern. The quilt consists of 12 solid red and yellow blocks with rounded corners set on point with plain blocks between. Quilted with a one inch grid throughout except for a decorative horn of plenty design in the center of each plain block. Ink or pencil guidelines for quilting are still visible on each horn of plenty. Background, binding and backing fabrics are the same green cotton. All fabrics used are plain weave cotton with a glazed finish. Entirely hand stitched. Reportedly made by M J Hover of Allen County, Ohio, circa 1860.

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Sheridan’s Great Victory: The Good News Grows Better”, The Wabasha County Herald – October 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/sheridans-great-victory-the-good-news-grows-better-the-wabasha-county-herald-october-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/sheridans-great-victory-the-good-news-grows-better-the-wabasha-county-herald-october-27-1864/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15925

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After Summer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/after-summer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/after-summer/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15887

A woodcut print on paper showing a fall farm scene, made by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, circa 1980.

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“The News”, The Rochester Republican – October 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-the-rochester-republican-october-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-the-rochester-republican-october-26-1864/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15922

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“Another Glorious Victory in the Shenandoah” and “A Cloud of Galiant Witnesses”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/another-glorious-victory-in-the-shenandoah-and-a-cloud-of-galiant-witnesses-the-stillwater-messenger-october-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/another-glorious-victory-in-the-shenandoah-and-a-cloud-of-galiant-witnesses-the-stillwater-messenger-october-25-1864/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:00:31 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15919

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Lutefisk or Ludefisk? http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/15932/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/15932/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:48:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15932

Whether one calls it lutefisk or ludefisk, whether one smothers it with melted butter or cream sauce, or whether one considers it an epicurean delight or a gelatinous mass of something to be feared, lutefisk holds a special place in the hearts of many Scandinavian-Minnesotans.  With the approaching holidays, food connoisseurs may be interested in knowing more about its history.

The Minnesota Historical Society recently received a collection of records of the Kildall Company, a Minneapolis-based firm that manufactured and distributed lutefisk and related fish products, vegetables and breads.  At one time purportedly the largest wholesaler of such products in the nation, the Kildall Company was founded in 1897 and established plants on the near north side of Minneapolis.  It also invested heavily in the growing and canning of pickles.  The Griffith family continued to run business until about 1954.

The collection contains advertising samples, price lists, correspondence, and other business records documenting the production, sale, and use of its various products.  When cataloged, the records will be available for study or simple enjoyment in the Minnesota Historical Society Library.

The following recipe for Old Style Ludefisk was recommended by the Kildall Company about 1949:

  1. Wash fish in cold water (Ludefisk may be stored in cold water until ready for cooking).
  2. Drop fish in BOILING water that has been well salted. (A cheesecloth bag helps hold the fish together).
  3. Cook to a brisk boiling point.
  4. Drain fish and remove any skin and bones.

Serve with drawn butter or cream sauce (and “for a truly delicious and unusual meal” it can be “accented by lingonberries or cranberries, boiled potatoes and possibly pickled beets and rice custard”).

When cooking any sea food, the most important thing is don’t overcook.

Duane Swanson
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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-24-1864/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:16:55 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15916 Clear and warm[.] Preparing old C.C. & G.E. to be inspected. Cos. Drilled in forenoon, Battalion drilled in afternoon. Good drill. Major Losey drilled. Lewis Lerrill returned to Co. Attended School in Regulations at 6 ½ [P. cll.]


Citation: October 24, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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