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. Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:39 +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 Milk Carton Kayak http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/milk-carton-kayak/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/milk-carton-kayak/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17170

A kayak constructed of waxed paper milk cartons over wooden frame with masonite supports. Brands of milk cartons used include Land-O-Lakes, Target, Polka-Dot Dairy, Inc., Dairy Fresh Brand, Purity-Ohleen, Franklin and Farmdale. Large advertisement stickers adhered to top of kayak are for sponsors including radio stations KDWB 63, and WDGY and Dairy Queen. The paddle wheel attachment is constructed of masonite with wood beam supports. Paddle hand crank made of white PVC pipe connected to wood supports with a small metal bracket connected to wood. Used in the 1971 Minneapolis Aquatennial.

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

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Dakota Beaded Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dakota-beaded-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dakota-beaded-bag/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17167

A Dakota bag decorated with geometric beadwork. Given to Frances Densmore from Chief Red Fox of the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota in the 1910s.

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Big Fish http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/big-fish/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/big-fish/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17162

A St. Paul woman trying to figure out how to cook an enormous fish, June 2, 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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Dutchman’s Breeches http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dutchmans-breeches/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dutchmans-breeches/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17159

A watercolor on paper botanical illustration showing the early woodland wildflower Dutchman’s Breeches. Made by Minnesota artist Lloyd Quackenbush for the WPA Art Project in 1941.

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MSP Map http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/msp-map/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/msp-map/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17156

A hand-drawn color map of Minneapolis and St. Paul listing the “101 neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the 127 neighborhoods of St. Paul”. Drawn by Rosalind Lyons and published by Big Stick in 2003.

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Platter by Richard Bresnahan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan-2/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17153

An unglazed ceramic platter made by Minnesota artist Richard Bresnahan in the late 1980s.

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Sleeping Rabbit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/sleeping-rabbit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/sleeping-rabbit/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17150

A tintype photograph of Sleeping Rabbit and his family made in 1880.

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Restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/restoration-of-the-minnesota-state-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/restoration-of-the-minnesota-state-capitol/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 15:22:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17138
We, as the Collections Department, clearly love the Collections that tell the story of Minnesota and its people. But we also love field trips, especially those to historic sites. Many of us happen to be civics or architectural nerds (or both), so we were very excited and grateful for the opportunity to visit the Minnesota State Captiol during its current major (and greatly needed) renovation. We had so much fun – thank you to Sondra Reierson for the photos; to the Site; manager Brian Pease; and the construction company for making this possible!

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Scoreboard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/scoreboard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/scoreboard/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17126

On this day, May 15 in 1896, the Saint Paul Saints baseball team played their first home game at Aurora Park. This photograph shows the Saints scoreboard operator at work during a May 18, 1950 game.

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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Baseball Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/baseball-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/baseball-trophy/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17122

A silver trophy baseball with a tripod baseball bat stand. The ball is engraved: “Northwestern Exhibition & Fair / Winona Minn. / Champion Ball / Won by the Clippers of Winona in a match game with the Silver Stars of Northfield / Sep 10, 1875″.

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Patchwork Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/patchwork-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/patchwork-quilt/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17119

A cotton patchwork quilt with a simple pinwheel pattern, made in the 1850s.

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Gunflint Trail Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/gunflint-trail-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/gunflint-trail-patch/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17116

A Grand Marais and Gunflint Trail promotional patch, circa 1986. The Gunflint Trail was originally a foot path, but is now a 57 mile paved road stretching from Grand Marais to Saganaga Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

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Abolitionist Hutchinson Family Sheet Music http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/abolitionist-hutchinson-family-sheet-music/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/abolitionist-hutchinson-family-sheet-music/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:51:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17130

The Minnesota Historical Society has a very extensive sheet music collection, focusing on Minnesota subjects, publishers, and composers. They are an emotional, celebratory, sometimes funny, and usually graphic representation of the State’s history.

Our new favorite piece of sheet music is an 1844 abolitionist song we recently acquired at an auction in New York. It was written by Jesse Hutchinson, of the famous Hutchinson Family singers. The Hutchinsons were super stars, an internationally famous family of itinerant singers, known for their four-part harmonies and abolitionist views. This song, “Get Off the Track,” may have been their most well known anti-slavery tune.

Minnesota has an important and unique connection to the Hutchinson Family Singers. Eleven years after this music was published three of the brothers, John, Asa, and Judson, homesteaded in Minnesota establishing the town of Hutchinson, on the banks of the Crow River.

This one piece of sheet music gives us a glimpse into both the cultural significance of popular music and political debate in the era just preceding Minnesota’s establishment as a Territory and the outbreak of the American Civil War.

See the article in Minnesota History for more details on the Hutchinsons’ story.

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/bandolier-bag-4/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/bandolier-bag-4/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17113

An Ojibwe bandolier bag with a beaded floral pattern most likely made in the 1890s. It was reportedly obtained through William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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Duck-boat Rescue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/duck-boat-rescue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/duck-boat-rescue/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17106

A Minnesota National Guard duck-boat rescues a homeowner from the rising Mississippi River during the floods of April 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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Casting Spoon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/casting-spoon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/casting-spoon/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17103

A fly fishing casting spoon and envelope made by G.M. Skinner in Clayton, New York, circa 1894. Used by James J. Hill. The backing card reads “Skinner’s New Casting Spoon, / Used With or Without Bait.”

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Spring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/spring-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/spring-2/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 05:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17100

A lithograph showing a spring scene with flowering bushes, farm houses and fields. Made for the WPA Federal Art Project in 1941 by Alexander Oja.

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Charlie Brown http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/charlie-brown/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/charlie-brown/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17097

A vinyl “Good Ole Charlie Brown” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

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

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More Music! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/more-music/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/more-music/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 15:26:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17109 Our most recent Huffington Post post on the new music display in the Library Lobby is now available! Take a look at Minnesota Music and come see it in person. Find out what these keys are all about!

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Fidelitone Dual Turntable http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/fidelitone-dual-turntable-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/fidelitone-dual-turntable-2/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17094

A Fidelitone Model 3141 comprised of a dual turntable, 3 pickups, and 5-tube amplifier with microphone input housed in a portable cabinet. Designed and marketed by the George K. Culbertson Company of Minneapolis, MN, 1940-1960.

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Civil War Daybook – Epilogue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/civil-war-daybook-%e2%80%93-epilogue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/civil-war-daybook-%e2%80%93-epilogue/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17090 Thank you to all of the readers and subscribers of the Civil War Daybook blog. As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War comes to an end and soldiers begin returning home, this will be our final post. We at the Minnesota Historical Society are extremely grateful for your appreciation of Minnesota’s Civil War history, and hope you have enjoyed the collections featured in this blog.

For more information about Minnesota and the Civil War please see:

The conclusion of the American Civil War comes in a series of Confederate surrenders throughout the spring and summer of 1865. Some of the most notable events include:

  • April 9, 1865 General Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in VirginiaApril 15, 1865 US President Lincoln dies
  • April 26, 1865 General Johnston surrenders his armies at Bennett Place in North Carolina
  • May 9, 1865 US President Andrew Johnson declares the armed resistance “virtually” ended
  • May 10, 1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured at Washington, Georgia
  • June 23, 1865 the last Confederate general to surrender, Cherokee Brigadier General Stand Watie, surrenders at Fort Towson
  • August 20, 1866 US President Andrew Johnson signs a proclamation of peace – Proclamation 157 – Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America, August 20, 1866.

Between July and September, 1865, the majority of Minnesota’s soldiers were discharged at Fort Snelling. To learn more about veterans’ homecoming experience, don’t miss Civil War Weekend at the Fort, August 15-16, 2015.

If you’re curious about what happened in the lives of some of the regular contributors to this blog after their discharge, check out the post-war biographies below.

James Madison Bowler (3rd Minnesota Regiment) remained in the army after the conclusion of the Civil War (much to the frustration of his wife, Elizabeth) until he was mustered out in April, 1866. When he returned to Minnesota he held a number of different jobs, including farming and railroad construction, eventually settling in Saint Paul. He served as a representative in the Minnesota Legislature in 1878, and was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1896 and 1898. James Bowler died in 1916, and is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Dr. Ebenezer Mattocks Brewer (2nd and 7th Minnesota Regiments) was mustered out of service in August, 1865, and returned to Saint Paul to establish a medical practice. He served as the Saint Paul city physician and health officer from 1867-1871 and 1874-1880, and was the Ramsey County deputy coroner in 1870 and physician from 1874-1882. He moved to Faribault, Minnesota, in 1882 where he continued his practice until his retirement in 1900. Ebenezer Brewer is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Saint Paul.

Thomas Davidson Christie (1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery) was discharged in 1865 and surveyed land for the Winona and St. Peter Railroad Company near Winona, Minnesota. He began attended Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1868, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1874. He graduated from Andover Seminary in Massachusetts in 1877 and was ordained as a minister. In 1877 he and his family traveled to Turkey and did missionary work until 1920, when they returned to the United States. Thomas Christie died in 1921 in Pasadena, California.

Charles Goddard (1st Minnesota Regiment) was mustered out of service with his regiment in May, 1864, and returned to his hometown of Winona, Minnesota. He suffered from the pain of the wound he received at the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as mental trauma of what we might now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Goddard moved from job to job after his discharge and died of tuberculosis in 1868 at the age of 23. He is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona, where Mathew Marvin (also of the 1st Minnesota) was the caretaker.

Matthew Marvin (1st Minnesota Regiment) was officially mustered out of service with his regiment in 1864 while he was in Chicago, still recovering from the wound he received at Gettysburg. Marvin returned to his family home in St. Charles, Illinois, to complete his recovery. In 1871 he moved with his wife Angie to Winona, Minnesota, and in 1873 he was appointed as the caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery. He died in 1903, and is buried in Woodlawn. His daughter, Mabel Marvin, gave a reading at the dedication of the First Minnesota monument at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle.

Thomas Montgomery (7th Minnesota Regiment, 76th, 67th, and 65th U.S. Colored Regiments) was discharged from service in 1867 and settled in Saint Peter, Minnesota, with his wife Sarah. He was appointed to the state Board of Equalization in 1887 and moved to Saint Paul, where he served as alderman. He also served in numerous positions within the Masonic orders. Thomas Montgomery died in 1907 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Saint Paul.

Finally, we invite you to join us in April, 2017 for the launch of the World War I Daybook blog, which will begin on the centennial of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany.

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Hotel Fire http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/hotel-fire/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/hotel-fire/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17065

A fire at the Tower Hotel on Seven Corners in Minneapolis, November 25, 1950.

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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“Surrender!” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Press – April 30, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/surrender-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-april-30-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/surrender-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-april-30-1865/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17087

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Tonka Van http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/tonka-van/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/tonka-van/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17062

A white steel & blue plastic toy van with removable sunroof & ‘Mr. Goodwrench/KEEP THAT GREAT GM [General Motors]…’ decal on side, also included are Mr. Goodwrench figure, jack, spare tire, tool chest, creeper, gas tank, barrel cart with hoses, & garage sign, in original package. Made by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1982.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-29-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-29-1865/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17083 Clear & warm. On duty as Regt. C Off. Of Day, and very busy in putting the boat in a good cleanly condition. Had it washed out. The fleet of Boats dropped down about six miles to M Culluns’s point to a higher spot of ground & disembarked. I remained up stationed Camp Guard & &.

Citation: April 29, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1865. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Salt and Pepper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/salt-and-pepper-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/salt-and-pepper-2/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17059

A porcelain salt and pepper set in the form of Paul Bunyan and Babe, The Blue Ox. Circa 1970s.

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“Andrew Johnson” and “The Draft”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 28, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/andrew-johnson-and-the-draft-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-28-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/andrew-johnson-and-the-draft-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-28-1865/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:00:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17080

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DQ Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/dq-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/dq-sign/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17056

A promotional poster advertising a Dairy Queen pineapple sundae. Manufactured by Dairy Queen National Development Company, 1959.

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“Lee’s Surrender”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – April 27, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/lees-surrender-the-saint-cloud-democrat-april-27-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/lees-surrender-the-saint-cloud-democrat-april-27-1865/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17077

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Plains Knife Sheath http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/plains-knife-sheath/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/plains-knife-sheath/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17053

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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“President Johnson” and “Proclamation”, The Rochester Republican – April 26, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/president-johnson-and-proclamation-the-rochester-republican-april-26-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/president-johnson-and-proclamation-the-rochester-republican-april-26-1865/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17074

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“Biographical Sketch of Mr. Lincoln” and “About Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – April 25, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/biographical-sketch-of-mr-lincoln-and-about-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-april-25-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/biographical-sketch-of-mr-lincoln-and-about-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-april-25-1865/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17071

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 24, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-24-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-24-1865/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:10:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17068 Clear cool morning[.] Lieut Kreps my 1st Lt returned last night from a leave to his home in West Newton Pa. A daring feat occurred last night: the Rebel Ram Webb came by our fleet at the mouth of Red River & passed this place on her way to sea, about 10 ½ P.M. Drilling. Drew & issued clothing to my company.

Citation: April 24, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1865. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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April Snow on the Field http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/april-snow-on-the-field/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/april-snow-on-the-field/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17032

Two Minneapolis Millers baseball players goofing off on the field during a freak April 25, 1950 snowfall.

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“Sumter”, “Exchange of Prisoners of War” and “A Peace Programme”, The Saitn Paul Press – April 23, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/sumter-exchange-of-prisoners-of-war-and-a-peace-programme-the-saitn-paul-press-april-23-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/sumter-exchange-of-prisoners-of-war-and-a-peace-programme-the-saitn-paul-press-april-23-1865/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00:55 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17043

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Shepard Road http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/shepard-road/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/shepard-road/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17029

A watercolor on paper painting of Shepard Road in the evening, made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, from Little Rock, Arkansas, providing further comment on the news of President Lincoln’s death – April 22, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-lizzie-from-little-rock-arkansas-providing-further-comment-on-the-news-of-president-lincolns-death-april-22-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-lizzie-from-little-rock-arkansas-providing-further-comment-on-the-news-of-president-lincolns-death-april-22-1865/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17039 Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, from Little Rock, Arkansas, providing further comment on the news of President Lincoln’s death.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., April 22, 1865.
Dear Lizzie:
[…] Our late victories have been most complete and glorious; but the sad calamity which has befallen the Nation in the death of our beloved President, turns our joy to grief, our symbols of of rejoicing into the habiliments of mourning. How hard it is to make ourselves believe that this dreadful news is a reality. We are not only shocked at the deed, but are completely lost in sorrow and sympathy for the cruel death of him we all had so much reason to love and admire, and who deserved a better fate. But Abraham Lincoln is not dead as other men die, he lives, like Washington, in the hearts of his countrymen. Yes, in the hearts of every man, woman, and child throughout the civilized nation of the world, except such as have besotted their hearts in sin and treason. May Providence soothe the sorrow of his bereaved wife and children.  […]
Ever your loving
Madison


See whole letter here: 1865-04-22_Bowler

Citation: April 22, 1865. 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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Dr. King at the U http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/dr-king-at-the-u/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/dr-king-at-the-u/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17026

Dr. Martin Luther King surrounded by reporters and photographers after his April 27, 1967 speech on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.

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Temporary Like Dylan: Some Highlights from the Minnesota Music Collection http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/temporary-like-dylan-some-highlights-from-the-minnesota-music-collection/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/temporary-like-dylan-some-highlights-from-the-minnesota-music-collection/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:12:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17047

Minnesota has a long and storied history of music making. From the Hutchinson Family Singers during the Civil War to Dylan, Prince, punk, and beyond, the creation of music is central to our cultural life here.

See a small sample of some of the fun musical items in the Collection, including Prince’s gloves from Purple Rain; Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Temporary Like Achilles”; Karl Mueller’s Chuck Taylors; and Vixen leader Jan Kuehnemund’s guitar and jacket.

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“Last Public Speech of Mr. Lincoln” and “Mobile”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 21, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/last-public-speech-of-mr-lincoln-and-mobile-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-21-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/last-public-speech-of-mr-lincoln-and-mobile-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-21-1865/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17036

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Confederate Rifle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/confederate-rifle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/confederate-rifle/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17023

A percussion rifle of about .54 caliber. The rifle’s buttstock reads “Jas Bishop 17 LA RED C” [17th Louisiana Regiment, Company C]. The rifle was retrieved from the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General John B. Sanborn of the Fourth Minnesota Infantry Regiment while his division performed garrison duty after the surrender. The rifle is half-stocked in walnut, has engraved nickel-silver mountings, an octagonal barrel, and the original ramrod tipped with brass. Made by Henry E. Leman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Arts and Crafts Tile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/arts-and-crafts-tile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/arts-and-crafts-tile/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16938

A ceramic tile in the Arts and Crafts style, hand built by Gladys Pattee of Minneapolis, MN in the early 1900s.

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“Death of President Lincoln”, “The Great Tragedy” and “Inauguration of Andrew Johnson”, The Rochester Republican – April 19, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/death-of-president-lincoln-the-great-tragedy-and-inauguration-of-andrew-johnson-the-rochester-republican-april-19-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/death-of-president-lincoln-the-great-tragedy-and-inauguration-of-andrew-johnson-the-rochester-republican-april-19-1865/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17019

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Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Ribbon – April 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/abraham-lincoln-commemorative-ribbon-april-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/abraham-lincoln-commemorative-ribbon-april-1865/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17016 Silk ribbon commemorating the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Center of ribbon features a black and white drawing of Lincoln, with the words “THE LATE / Lamented / President / Lincoln” written below. Written at the top are the dates of Lincoln’s death, as well as a quote.

Citation: April 18, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections [PUID 1985.142.4].

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A letter to Sergeant Thomas Christie of the First Minnesota Battery from Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller, responding to an April 12 letter regarding a piece of captured artillery – April 17, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-to-sergeant-thomas-christie-of-the-first-minnesota-battery-from-minnesota-governor-stephen-miller-responding-to-an-april-12-letter-regarding-a-piece-of-captured-artillery-april-17-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-to-sergeant-thomas-christie-of-the-first-minnesota-battery-from-minnesota-governor-stephen-miller-responding-to-an-april-12-letter-regarding-a-piece-of-captured-artillery-april-17-1865/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:40 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17013 A letter to Sergeant Thomas Christie of the First Minnesota Battery from Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller, responding to an April 12 letter regarding a piece of captured artillery.
A transcription of the letter:

State of Minnesota
Executive Department
Saint Paul, April 17, 1865
Sergeant Thomas D. Christie,
Clyman, Dodge Co, Minn
My Dear sir,
Your favor of the 12th instant just received informing me that a Blakely gun forwarded as a present to the State, by the 1st Minn Battery, has been deposited at Baltimore, where it remains for want of means to pay the freight. The Company has done its state of the work very nobly, and I will very cheerfully [ap…] the transportation on behalf of the State. I will order it home and will place it with other trophies in the State Arsenal, with an inscription engraved upon it, commemorating the gallant company, whose signal services during the campaigns of Gen’l Sherman have reflected honor upon the State of Minnesota.
Very Respfy Yours
Stephen Miller
Gov’r Minn

Citation:  April 17, 1865. Letter from Governor Stephen Miller to Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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Bicycle Shop http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/bicycle-shop/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/bicycle-shop/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17001

An employee of a Minneapolis bicycle shop installing a headlight on a girl’s bike on June 24, 1937.

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Vineland Baseball Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/vineland-baseball-jersey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/vineland-baseball-jersey/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16998

A short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey with applied wool felt letters reading “V” at the right breast, and “VINELAND” down the false placket at the front opening. For the rest of the uniform see ID Numbers 67.230.386.2 and 67.230.386.3.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 15, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-15-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-15-1865/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17010 Cloudy. Heavy rain. Relieved Capt MCoy as Reg. Of. of Day. Visited the Boat “Adams” saw the Com. Sub. Capt. Howard & received $50.00 & paid it over to Capt. Laughlin & Whitford & received their receipts. $158.64 still due.

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

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Abraham Lincoln ribbon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/abraham-lincoln-ribbon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/abraham-lincoln-ribbon/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16995

April 15, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He was shot on April 14th by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre.

This ribbon commemorates this event and features features a black and white image of Lincoln, with the words “THE LATE / Lamented / President / Lincoln” printed below.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond – April 14, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-lizzie-reporting-from-his-little-rock-arkansas-location-and-commenting-on-the-good-news-for-the-union-forces-at-richmond-april-14-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-lizzie-reporting-from-his-little-rock-arkansas-location-and-commenting-on-the-good-news-for-the-union-forces-at-richmond-april-14-1865/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17005 Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark
April 14th, 1865.

Dear Lizzie:
[…] We have received the glorious news of the capture of Richmond and of General Lee and his army. Also a rumor of the capture of Johnston and his army. There has been great rejoicing here. Yesterday and day before two hundred guns were fired in honor of our success. Last night there was an illumination in Little Rock, accompanied with bonfires, rockets, noise, and bad whisky. The war is virtually to an end. Peace must soon follow. What a grand, glorious result of four years of strife! The joy is exceeded only by my gratitude to God who has vouchsafed our national safety and about ended our sacrifices of blood. […]
Ever Your Loving,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1865-04-16_BowlerPDF

Citation: April 14, 1865. 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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Beaded Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/beaded-jacket-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/beaded-jacket-2/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16989

A buckskin scout coat with beadwork and fur trim, possibly made by the Cree or Ojibwe. It was made the early 1900s.

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“Victory!! All Lee’s Army Surrendered!”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – April 13, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/victory-all-lees-army-surrendered-the-saint-cloud-democrat-april-13-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/victory-all-lees-army-surrendered-the-saint-cloud-democrat-april-13-1865/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16963

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A Horse? http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-horse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-horse/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16986

A horse lines up in Minneapolis to buy Defense Bonds on April 3, 1942.

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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 letter from Thomas Christie to MN Governor Miller reporting on a piece of artillery – April 12, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-mn-governor-miller-reporting-on-a-piece-of-artillery-april-12-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-mn-governor-miller-reporting-on-a-piece-of-artillery-april-12-1865/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:00:55 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16959 A letter from Thomas D. Christie, Sergeant First Minnesota Battery, to Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller reporting on the piece of artillery which was a gift from Capt. Clayton of the First Minnesota to the State of Minnesota, and how it was acquired.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Clyman, Dodge Co. Wis
April 12, 1865

Governor Stephen H. Miller
St. Paul-
Sir,
I am a Sergeant of the First Minnesota Battery, now at home on Veteran furlough, and write to tell you that I brought to Baltimore, Md, a piece of Artillery which was given into the charge of Sergt. Gordon and myself to take home and present to you as a gift from Capt. Clayton of our Battery to the State of Minnesota. We got the trophy as far as Baltimore without much trouble, but could get it no further without paying for it, transportation ourselves, which could hardly be expected of us in view of the fact that our pay is now 8 months in arrears. […] When our Army Corps captured Cheraw S.C. on the 3rd. […] we found […] a park of 27 pieces of Artillery which the Enemy had been unable to get off. […] all of them except three were rendered useless and thrown into the Peedee. One of these three is the piece I left at Baltimore. Capt. Clayton obtained permission from Maj. Genl. Blair to bring it along from Cheraw, in order that it might be presented to the State of Minnesota as a trophy of Sherman’s Carolina Campaign[…] It is a Blakely, of three & a half inch caliber, and made in Liverpool in 1862 – a very interesting specimen of British neutrality, I assure you. […]
I remain, with respect
Your obt. Servt.
Thos. D. Christie
Sergt 1st Minn. Battery


See the entire letter here: 1865-04-12_Christie_combined

Citation:  April 12, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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“The News” and “General Hood”, The Stillwater Messenger – April 11, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-news-and-general-hood-the-stillwater-messenger-april-11-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-news-and-general-hood-the-stillwater-messenger-april-11-1865/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16956

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Pillsbury Owl http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/pillsbury-owl/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/pillsbury-owl/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16941

Professor of Archeology Umehara Sueji, from the University of Kyoto, examines the “Pillsbury” Owl at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on January 23, 1954.

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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Confederate Cavalry Saber – April 9, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/confederate-cavalry-saber-april-9-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/confederate-cavalry-saber-april-9-1865/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16953 Confederate States Cavalry saber captured during the Civil War by Private George W. Buswell of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company B, at Fort Blakely, Alabama, on April 9, 1865.  The saber has a curved, single-edged blade and a half-basket type brass hilt with oilcloth wrapped wooden grips bound with steel wire.

Citation: April 9, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections [PUID 21.H12.A].

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150th Anniversary of Appomattox http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/150th-anniversary-of-appomattox/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/150th-anniversary-of-appomattox/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16977

April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, the final engagement of the Civil War in Virginia. It was also the last battle fought between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee signed surrender papers later that afternoon at the home of Wilmer McLean.

This first day issue broadside and pane of Civil War Centennial stamps commemorates Lee’s surrender of his Army of Northern Virginia. They were gifted to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1965 by the stamp’s designer, Leonard Fellman.

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Remembering Lincoln http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/remembering-lincoln/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/remembering-lincoln/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:33:31 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16970
The Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. asked us to participate in an innovative and exciting project to commemorate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago. Institutions from around the country contributed digital versions of collection items, showing personal responses to the news of the President’s death.  As we at the Minnesota Historical Society have been scouring the Civil War manuscript collections for our Civil War Daybook, this project was a perfect fit.

These unique items, from the MNHS Collection and many others, will be available to a worldwide audience. Be sure to see our contributions of the Wheelock letter; the St. Paul newspaper announcing Lincoln’s death; a diary entry by Senator Ramsey; and a letter by Moses Lightning Face, one of the Dakota captives at Davenport, concerning the President.

Check out all this and more at Remembering Lincoln: Responses to the Lincoln Assassination.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 8, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-8-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-8-1865/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:00:59 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16949 Cloudy and cool. Drilled a little. Finished my monthly Returns of C.C. & G.E. & sent it to L.M. Gen. Thro C.Z.M. Dept Gen. All the Co. Commanders went with the Col. Down to the [“Ad…”] & selected a place for your Cos. RICHMOND TAKEN! The Glorious news of the Fall of Richmond & Petersburg officially announced. Had dress parade.

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

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Canoe Paddle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/canoe-paddle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/canoe-paddle/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16935

A bent shaft design canoe paddle made of plastic, fiberglass, graphite and Kevlar. Manufactured by Maxcraft of Winona, Minnesota in 1987.

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Spring Means Prom! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/spring-means-prom/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/spring-means-prom/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:27:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16966
Another new entry over on the Huffington Post – enjoy!

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A letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon, to his sister Nellie about a recent battle and his role in the hospital http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-to-his-sister-nellie-about-a-recent-battle-and-his-role-in-the-hospital/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-to-his-sister-nellie-about-a-recent-battle-and-his-role-in-the-hospital/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16944 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from near Mobile, Alabama, telling of the battle of the Spanish Fort and his role in the hospital.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Before Spanish Fort
April 7 1865

My Dear Sister,
[…] We are yet hammering away at Spanish Fort and I think will get it before long. Our lines in some places are very near to their works, almost within stones throw. Our men are protected by bomb proofs, or in other words private forts. Not many are being wounded, but yet every two or three hours some poor fellow is brought in with a frightful wound. Our lines expand some 8 or 10 miles. A slow cannonading is kept up at intervals all the time. […] Our men approach their works by what is called saps. These are ditches dug after dark, running up to the Rebel works. The ground is [intersected] in all directions by these saps, our men are comparatively safe, but the poor Johnies have to suffer. Their works are surrounded by ditches and sharp stakes set in the ground, and beside all this they have a row of torpedoes surrounding their works, which explode when stepped upon, a charge would be very dangerous to us. […] Our hospital is in fine running order. I have charge of the culinary department, and see that the men have plenty to eat, and that it is well prepared. I think I shall make a good housekeeper, don’t you think so? […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks


See the entire letter here: 1865-04-07_Brewer_combined

Citation: April 7, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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Spirit of St. Louis Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/spirit-of-st-louis-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/spirit-of-st-louis-quilt/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16932

A four patch “Spirit of St. Louis” pattern quilt of rectangles in red, white and blue arranged in the colors of the French flag. Made in the early 1930s to commemorate Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

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“Richmond Fallen!”, The St. Cloud Democrat – April 6, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/richmond-fallen-the-st-cloud-democrat-april-6-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/richmond-fallen-the-st-cloud-democrat-april-6-1865/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16926

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Library Table http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/library-table/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/library-table/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16929

A large rectangular library table of circassian walnut in an early 20th century interpretation of Renaissance Revival. Top has inlaid marquetry with carved C and S-scrolls. Designed and made by William Yungbauer of St. Paul in early 1904 for Louis W. Hill, St. Paul, MN.

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“The News”, The Rochester Republican – April 5, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-news-the-rochester-republican-april-5-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-news-the-rochester-republican-april-5-1865/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16922

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“My Soldier” and “Confederate Reflections on Weldon, North Carolina”, The Stillwater Messenger – April 4, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/my-soldier-and-confederate-reflections-on-weldon-north-carolina-the-stillwater-messenger-april-4-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/my-soldier-and-confederate-reflections-on-weldon-north-carolina-the-stillwater-messenger-april-4-1865/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16918

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A letter from Thomas Christie to his brother, Alexander, who just joined the Army with advice – April 3, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-alexander-who-just-joined-the-army-with-advice-april-3-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-alexander-who-just-joined-the-army-with-advice-april-3-1865/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16913 A letter from Thomas Christie in Goldsboro, North Carolina, to his brother, Alexander Christie, who has just joined the Army, giving advice on how to conduct himself now that he is in the service.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Goldsboro, N.C. April 3rd. 1865
My dear Sandy –
[…] Now, a few words of advice, which I would make longer, but that I cannot doubt that I will see you in New Burn. Remember that a soldier will rust out sooner than wear out, so do not be afraid to take exercise enough even in camp. On the march you will have enough to do at all times, but the more tired you are at night the better. Be very careful of your stomach for from derangement of it flows nearly all the ills that affect the soldier. Eat regularly and very little grease. Be always cheerful and ready to join in any fun that is going on in the camp. I would have died long ago but for my laughing propensities. And, above all, if you do get sick, fight the thing out. Don’t give up to sickness as long as you can stand on your legs. […]
May God bless you my dear Brother and protect you till we meet again, in the heartfelt prayer of yours aff’ctly ,
Thos D. Christie

See entire letter: 1865-04-03_Christie_combined

Citation:  April 3, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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Miss Minnesota and a Scorpion http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/miss-minnesota-and-a-scorpion/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/miss-minnesota-and-a-scorpion/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16901

Miss Minnesota Jeanne Reince standing with her namesake US Air Force Northrop F-89 Scorpion interceptor aircraft on July 2, 1954.

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“The Incendiary Plot”, “From the Confederacy” and “Returned from Prison”, The Saint Paul Press – April 2, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-incendiary-plot-from-the-confederacy-and-returned-from-prison-the-saint-paul-press-april-2-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/the-incendiary-plot-from-the-confederacy-and-returned-from-prison-the-saint-paul-press-april-2-1865/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:00:59 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16910

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Rocking Chair Earrings http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/rocking-chair-earrings/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/rocking-chair-earrings/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16898

A pair of woman’s metal earrings with rocking chair pendants, ball studs, and screw back posts. The earrings are campaign paraphernalia from the 1959-1960 John F. Kennedy Presidential campaign.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 1, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-1-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-1-1865/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:00:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16907 Clear and warm. Col. Edgerton returned to the Regiment and assumed command relieving Lt. Col. Losey. Grand & Regtl. Guard mount together now daily. Making out clothing Receipt. Rolls. Of March issued. A great many boats here as it is rumored that we might be attacked by Rebels from up Red River. Boker came from St. Louis.


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

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Veto Stamp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/veto-stamp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/veto-stamp/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16895

A “veto” stamp used by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, retailed by Corner Marking Company, St. Paul, Minnesota. Used from 2003 to 2010.

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“Sherman’s Movements” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 31, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/shermans-movements-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-31-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/shermans-movements-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-31-1865/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16885

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Dynamite 8 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/dynamite-8/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/dynamite-8/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16892

A red plastic Panasonic model RQ-830S “Dynamite 8″ 8-track cartridge player. Circa 1975. It was nicknamed “Dynamite 8″ for the plunger button that changed the program being played.

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“An Act for the Relief of Soldiers’ Families” and “The Draft”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – March 30, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/an-act-for-the-relief-of-soldiers-families-and-the-draft-the-saint-cloud-democrat-march-30-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/an-act-for-the-relief-of-soldiers-families-and-the-draft-the-saint-cloud-democrat-march-30-1865/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16882

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St. Anthony Falls http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/st-anthony-falls-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/st-anthony-falls-2/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16889

A daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls showing the houses and businesses along the river. Made in 1852.

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother telling of foraging successes and rebel encounters – March 28, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-telling-of-foraging-successes-and-rebel-encounters-march-28-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-telling-of-foraging-successes-and-rebel-encounters-march-28-1865/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16878 In a lengthy letter from Thomas Christie, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, to his brother David Christie, telling of his foraging successes and encounters with the Rebels.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Goldsboro, N.C. March 28th 1865
My dear Brother Dave:
[…] For the past 75 miles of our march I have been on regular detail as commanding the six mounted foragers of the Battery whose duty it is to supply the Company – 150 men – with food, as we draw nothing from the Gove. In that capacity I meet with a good many adventures and there is not a day that I did not ride 35 or 40 miles. […] We had gone perhaps a mile from the house and had separated to look for mules when I saw a Rebel coming towards me, mounted. He did not see me at first, but came along very leisurely over the plantation road on which we were, the distance being about a quarter of a mile. My man was not in sight but I knew that audacity would often win where numbers would fail, so unslinging my Breech-loading Carbine, (which, by the way, I captured in Columbia) and putting spurs to my horse, I dashed on Mr. Johnny with a true Yankee yell. He saw me, wheeled his horse, and ran as if a Regt was at his keels. While I was getting over a bad ditch in the field my comrade came in sight, and we both set out in pursuit. In front of us, a mile distant, lay the swamp, and as it was merely a plantation road we were on, I knew that we would have him there. On we rushed, yelling like Indians, the Rebel keeping his distance with hat off and long hair flying in the wind, and at every jump spurring his horse with the point of his naked Bowie knife. It was the most exciting steeple chase you ever heard of […] The Rebel disappeared at the end of the road and when we dashed up, there was his horse standing in the swamp, while he was, in all likelihood, up to the waist in water in the depth of the cypresses. We could not find him, and returned to our mule hunting with his splendid horse, saddle, and Blankets as trophies. […]
Write soon again and think sometimes of your
Loving Brother Thos. D. Christie

See entire letter here: 1865-03-28_Christie_combined

Citation:  March 28, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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Gophers Basketball http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/gophers-basketball/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/gophers-basketball/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16860

Rough play during a December 4, 1949 basketball game between Loyola and the University of Minnesota Gophers.

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USS Minnesota in the Civil War and Beyond http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/uss-minnesota-in-the-civil-war-and-beyond/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/uss-minnesota-in-the-civil-war-and-beyond/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:22:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16904 Any idea how many ships have borne the name USS Minnesota? Learn about the ship, its role in the Civil War, and where you can see ship artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.

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“The Reported Capture of Goldsboro Confirmed”, “From Washington” and “The English Opinion of the War”, The Saint Paul Press – March 26, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-reported-capture-of-goldsboro-confirmed-from-washington-and-the-english-opinion-of-the-war-the-saint-paul-press-march-26-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-reported-capture-of-goldsboro-confirmed-from-washington-and-the-english-opinion-of-the-war-the-saint-paul-press-march-26-1865/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16871

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Day Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/day-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/day-dress/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16857

A striped silk day dress with ikat floral panels, ball fringe trim and mille fleur glass buttons. Completely hand-stitched. Worn by Frances Hanson Ordway, circa 1859-1862.

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US Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard – March 25, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/us-navy-officer%e2%80%99s-model-1852-sword-and-scabbard-march-25-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/us-navy-officer%e2%80%99s-model-1852-sword-and-scabbard-march-25-1865/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16868 United States Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard.  The etched sword has a slightly curved, single-edged steel blade and a gilt cast brass Phrygian helmet type hilt with a dolphin head. The grips are covered with fish skin and bound with brass wire. The leather scabbard has brass fittings and is engraved: “Presented / to / 1st Apot. Engineer / G.M.B. BENNETT USN / by / Chas W. Morse / & / W.D.C. Boggs / March 25th 1865″.

Citation: March 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections, (PUID 9030.A,B)

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Security Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/security-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/security-badge/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16854

A World War II-era ID badge for the United States Naval Air Base in Minneapolis, MN. Circa 1942-45. The former Navy air base now houses the Minnesota Air National Guard at MSP International Airport.

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“Delayed Dispatches” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 24, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/delayed-dispatches-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-24-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/delayed-dispatches-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-24-1865/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16865

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Beaded Wall Hanging http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/beaded-wall-hanging/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/beaded-wall-hanging/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16851

An Ojibwe loom-beaded wall hanging featuring floral design. This item was purchased in the area of Leech Lake, Minnesota, from members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa who would travel south to gather wild rice. Made in the early 1900s.

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“News Items” and “A Proclamation”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 23, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/news-items-and-a-proclamation-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-23-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/news-items-and-a-proclamation-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-23-1865/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16844

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“Red Shirt” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/%e2%80%9cred-shirt%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/%e2%80%9cred-shirt%e2%80%9d/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16848

An oil on canvas painting titled “Red Shirt” made by Minnesota artist Elof Wedin in 1954. Wedin was a Swedish-American artist who worked a day-job installing duct work and insulation for boilers and painted at night and on the weekends.

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“The News” and “The Eighth Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 21, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-news-and-the-eighth-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-march-21-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-news-and-the-eighth-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-march-21-1865/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16841

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Basektball Before March Madness http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/basektball-before-march-madness/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/basektball-before-march-madness/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:25:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16863 As we enter into March Madness, take a moment to check out our post Basketball Before March Madness over at the Huffington Post!

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The Emperor Visits a Farm http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-emperor-visits-a-farm/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/the-emperor-visits-a-farm/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16823

Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie visits the farm of Edwin Doty outside of Rochester on June 9, 1954.

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“Latest News by Telegraph” and “Rebel Barbarities”, The Saint Paul Press – March 19, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/latest-news-by-telegraph-and-rebel-barbarities-the-saint-paul-press-march-19-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/latest-news-by-telegraph-and-rebel-barbarities-the-saint-paul-press-march-19-1865/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16838

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Mill Bill http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/mill-bill/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/mill-bill/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16820

A double-headed wedge with detachable wooden handle used at the Pillsbury Flour Mill for dressing mill stones.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – March 18, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-march-18-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-march-18-1865/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16834 Clear, mild and lovely day. Relieved by Capt. Hudson and made my report. Received a letter from Father and mother & one from Mrs. Libbelts. St. Peter Land Office Sent a letter to Bro. Alex. Lieut Roberts returned to duty in the compy. from S.D. Copied several orders into the Co. Order Book.

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

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Air Freshener http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/air-freshener/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/air-freshener/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16817

A Jesse Ventura air freshener sold to raise money for Ventura for Minnesota, Inc. in 1999.

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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie describing the area and the regiment’s next move – March 17, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-describing-the-area-and-the-regiment%e2%80%99s-next-move-march-17-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/a-personal-letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-describing-the-area-and-the-regiment%e2%80%99s-next-move-march-17-1865/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16829 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Dauphin Island, Alabama, describing the area and the regiment’s next move.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Dauphin Island
Mobile Bay March 17th
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We are now at Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. The island is about twelve miles long and rather pleasant. It is mostly sand, but part of it is covered with pine trees. Our camp is near the beach, […] Now and then there are terribly storms, washing the waves a great ways up the beach. […] I suppose our long [play] spell is just coming to a close and I expect daily orders to move on Mobile. The city is about 20 miles from here. We hear cannonading from that direction occasionally. I think it is from our gun boats [fuling] of their forts. […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks


See entire letter here: 1865-03-17_Brewer_combined

Citation: March 17, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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Munsingwear Bathrobe http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/munsingwear-bathrobe/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/munsingwear-bathrobe/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16814

A short Munsingwear bathrobe made of a checkered cotton fabric blend, 1968. Munsingwear was started by George Munsing in 1886.

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“Sheridan”, “State News” and “Grant’s Army”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 16, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/sheridan-state-news-and-grants-army-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-16-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/sheridan-state-news-and-grants-army-the-wabasha-county-herald-march-16-1865/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:00:59 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16807

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Save the BWCA button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/save-the-bwca-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/03/save-the-bwca-button/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16811

A “Save the BWCA” button advocating for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act introduced by Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar in 1975. The act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 21, 1978.

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