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, 22 Jul 2014 05:01:03 +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 Summer at Minnehaha Falls http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/summer-at-minnehaha-falls/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/summer-at-minnehaha-falls/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15235

A hand-tinted stereoview of Minnehaha Falls during the summer, circa the 1890s.

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“Latest News by Telegraph”, “State News” and “From the Fourth Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – July 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/latest-news-by-telegraph-state-news-and-from-the-fourth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/latest-news-by-telegraph-state-news-and-from-the-fourth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-21-1864/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15260

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Feed Sack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/feed-sack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/feed-sack/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15232

Midland Cooperatives cotton feed sack, circa 1960-80.

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“Sherman” and “500,000 More”, The Goodhue Volunteer – July 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/sherman-and-500000-more-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/sherman-and-500000-more-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-20-1864/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15257

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“Recruiting in Insurgent States” and “Doings of the Late Congress”, The Stillwater Messenger – July 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/recruiting-in-insurgent-states-and-doings-of-the-late-congress-the-stillwater-messenger-july-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/recruiting-in-insurgent-states-and-doings-of-the-late-congress-the-stillwater-messenger-july-19-1864/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15254

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – July 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-july-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-july-18-1864/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:43:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15250 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 July 18 he writes, “Weather A.m. very hard wind & Rain[.]”. The previous day, July 17, he explains that he, “took dinner & Tea with C Goddard[.]” Marvin and Charlie Goddard remain good friends after serving together in the 1st Minnesota Regiment.

See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-07-18_Marvin_combined

Citation: July 9 – July 20, 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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Off-Loading http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/off-loading/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/off-loading/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15192

A Bristol Type 170 Freighter aircraft off-loading a car at Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1946.

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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“How to Reach our Soldiers”, “Georgia Correspondence” and “The Fourth Minnesota”, The Saint Paul Press – July 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/how-to-reach-our-soldiers-georgia-correspondence-and-the-fourth-minnesota-the-saint-paul-press-july-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/how-to-reach-our-soldiers-georgia-correspondence-and-the-fourth-minnesota-the-saint-paul-press-july-17-1864/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:30 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15215

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Gavel http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/gavel/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/gavel/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15189

A gavel made of an oak fragment from the USS Merrimac, a steam frigate nearly destroyed in 1855 but repurposed by the Confederate Navy as the ironclad CSS Virginia. The CSS Virginia was used against the USS Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads during the Civil War.

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“The News” and Tennessee Correspondence”, The Rochester City Post – July 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-news-and-tennessee-correspondence-the-rochester-city-post-july-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-news-and-tennessee-correspondence-the-rochester-city-post-july-16-1864/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15212

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Wedding Day http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/wedding-day/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/wedding-day/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15186

An ambrotype of Governor and Mrs. Horace Austin on their wedding day in 1859.

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Rhubarb Pie! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/rhubarb-pie/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/rhubarb-pie/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:19:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15081
Amy’s Baking Delights, from Ruttger’s Bay Lake resort near Deerwood, published sometime in the 1970s.

Amy Pleidrup Downing and her sister Bertha Pleidrup grew up on a farm near Verndale, west of Bay Lake. Bertha ran the Ruttger’s kitchen for much of the middle part of the 20th century. Amy, who came to work as the baker starting in 1945, was famous for her desserts and sweet treats.

Here’s her easy recipe for Rhubarb Pie.  You can make your own crust or use 2 from the grocery store.

Line pan (9-inch pie plate) with pie crust. Wash and dice rhubarb.
3 cups rhubarb
3 Tbsp minute tapioca
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
Mix well and pour into shell.  Top with a crust.  Bake at 375 degrees 45 minutes or until done.

Find the cookbook in the MNHS Library at TX765 .A49 1970z, along with oral history interviews with workers and family members at Ruttger’s Bay Lake resort in the Resort Oral History Project

Debbie Miller, Reference Librarian

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Two sketches from the Civil War journals of Elijah Edwards, chaplain of the 7th Minnesota Infantry – July 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/two-sketches-from-the-civil-war-journals-of-elijah-edwards-chaplain-of-the-7th-minnesota-infantry-july-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/two-sketches-from-the-civil-war-journals-of-elijah-edwards-chaplain-of-the-7th-minnesota-infantry-july-15-1864/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15205 Two sketches from the Civil War journals of Elijah Edwards, chaplain of the 7th Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War. The sketches accompany a lengthy description of the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi.

Click here to view the whole account from July 15th,  and for more information about Edwards visit our Finding Aids.

Citation: July 15, 1864. Elijah E. Edwards Civil War journals, 1864-1865, 1906, 1910. Minnesota Historical Society . [Access restricted]

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All-Star! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/all-star/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/all-star/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15196

Tonight July 15, 2014, the MLB All-Star game is being played at Target Field in Minneapolis.

This photograph is from the first All-Star game held in Minnesota and shows a concessioner selling Grain Belt beers during the game played at Metropolitan Stadium on July 13th, 1965.

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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“Rebel Raid in Maryland”, “Incident of the War” and “How Our Boys Amuse Themselves”, The St. Cloud Democrat – July 14, 2864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/rebel-raid-in-maryland-incident-of-the-war-and-how-our-boys-amuse-themselves-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-14-2864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/rebel-raid-in-maryland-incident-of-the-war-and-how-our-boys-amuse-themselves-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-14-2864/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15202

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/ojibwe-bandolier-bag-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/ojibwe-bandolier-bag-2/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15180

Ojibwe bandolier bag with front pocket. Pocket panel of loomed glass seed beads has geometric motifs, is attached to cloth backing and features integrated tabs finished with wool yarn tassels. Area above the pocket features a spot-stitch embroidered floral motif. Loomed seed bead panels are attached to cloth strap. Associated with the World’s Columbian Exposition and Becker County Indian Industries. Circa 1890s.

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“Telegraphic News” and “Yankee Audacity”, The Goodhue Volunteer – July 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/telegraphic-news-and-yankee-audacity-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/telegraphic-news-and-yankee-audacity-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-13-1864/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15177

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“Notice to the Public” and “The War in South Carolina”, The Stillwater Messenger – July 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/notice-to-the-public-and-the-war-in-south-carolina-the-stillwater-messenger-july-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/notice-to-the-public-and-the-war-in-south-carolina-the-stillwater-messenger-july-12-1864/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:00:53 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15174

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – July 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-july-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-july-11-1864/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:00:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15171 Cloudy but pretty warm[.] Feel quite unwell[.] made out my muster in rolls. Turned over Co. B’s Co. Savings to Lt Parvin[,] $50 & received receipts[.] Mustered into Co. “K” 67 […] by Lt Rowan 84 “Us. C. “I” to take effect from July 6th[.] Bought one can peaches & $1[.]30[.]


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

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Hot Day in Minneapolis http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hot-day-in-minneapolis/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/hot-day-in-minneapolis/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15151

A set of twins in downtown Minneapolis on a hot July 9, 1951.

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 his living quarters and the activities of the African-American troops – July 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-his-living-quarters-and-the-activities-of-the-african-american-troops-july-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-his-living-quarters-and-the-activities-of-the-african-american-troops-july-10-1864/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15167 Letter from James Madison Bowler, then stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing his living quarters in camp and the activities of the African American troops.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., July 10th 1864. (Sunday)
Dear Lizzie:
[…] In yours [letter] of June 20th you ask “how I live and how I get along with my darkies.” Well, my private quarters consist of a wall tent, in shape like a small house – nine feet square, four or five feet high on the eaves, and eight or nine at the ridge-poles. The frame consists of two light ports and one light cross pole over which the tent is streched and stayed by ropes and small stakes or pins. Over the tent is stretched a “fly” conforming to the roof of the tent, only it is a little higher at the eaves. This makes the roof double less likely to leak – cooler in the sun and a very little warmer in the shade. The entrance is through an opening at one end, extending from the bottom nearly to the top. […] On the left side as you enter is my bed, consisting of a mattress and two wool blankets stretched on a low, pine bedstead. Along the right side is another occupied by Lieut. Gustafson, […]. Opposite the entrance stands a table with two drawers in which may be found brushes, combs, tincture of myrrh, books, one pipe – not mine – and divers and sundry other traps. […] Such is my present habitation. Can you see it in imagination? […] In regard to the darkies, I get along well with them. We have drills and dress parade every day. They take hold of music readily, and we already have a good martial Band. […] Recruiting now is very slow. But little can be done until the army moves again, which may not be until about the 1st of Sept. The hope however is to fill up four companies soon, as we lack but few men, which will entitle us to have a Lieut. Col. mustered. […]
Ever your
Madison


See entire letter here: 1864-07-10_Bowler_combined

Citation: July 10, 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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Beaded Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/beaded-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/beaded-jacket/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15148

A Dakota beaded jacket purchased by personnel of Camp Kamaji on Cass Lake, Minnesota in the 1910s.

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“The News”, “War Department” and “The Third Draft”, The Rochester City Post – July 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-news-war-department-and-the-third-draft-the-rochester-city-post-july-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-news-war-department-and-the-third-draft-the-rochester-city-post-july-9-1864/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:32:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15162

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Barn http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/barn/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/barn/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15145

A watercolor painting on paper of a barn made by Minnesota artist Bob Brown in the 1930s or 40s.

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“The Second Minnesota. List of Casualties in Their Recent Engagement”, “Letter from the Seventh Regiment” and “The Draft”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – July 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-second-minnesota-list-of-casualties-in-their-recent-engagement-letter-from-the-seventh-regiment-and-the-draft-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/the-second-minnesota-list-of-casualties-in-their-recent-engagement-letter-from-the-seventh-regiment-and-the-draft-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-8-1864/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:00:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15133

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Vikings Football http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/vikings-football/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/vikings-football/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15142

A football used in the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants at Met Stadium on October 17, 1976. The game ball was presented to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. The ball has one panel painted white, which features the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings insignia. The ball is also stamped, “Wilson® / MADE / IN USA / I / INFLATE / 13 LBS / I / National Football League / American Football Conference / National Football Conference”.

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To see this football in person, please visit the Then, Now, Wow exhibit currently open at the History Center.

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“President Lincoln’s Letter of Acceptance”, The St. Cloud Democrat – July 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/president-lincolns-letter-of-acceptance-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/president-lincolns-letter-of-acceptance-the-st-cloud-democrat-july-7-1864/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15130

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First Nursing Class http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/first-nursing-class/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/first-nursing-class/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15136

A tintype showing the first class to graduate from the Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in 1884.

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“Fifth Minnesota Veterans” and “Telegraphic News”, The Goodhue Volunteer – July 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/fifth-minnesota-veterans-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/fifth-minnesota-veterans-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-july-6-1864/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15123

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – July 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-july-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-july-5-1864/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15126 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, visiting friends, and occasionally working in a friend’s store. On July 5 he writes, “My fooet is a little the wors for climbing the bluff so remained at home [Whi…ng] trinkets for Lute & the children[.] Weather pleasant[.]” He then continues a previous entry, describing his activities on the 4th of July, which included a trip to the bluffs that strained his foot. The description started on July 2, and took up the blank space of several entries. It read, “No 1 4th. A truly happy set wer […][.] went down ½ mile below Homer & stoped by the road sid at the base of the Bluffs[.] A beautifull spring came out of the Rock handy by [/] No. 2. 4th Nature had formed a beautifll arbor of a Grape vine & Oak trees & surrounded it wethe Reed[,] Raspberries[,] Ripe & lucious Elder Berry bushes wer in bloom & many flowers we on the Bluffs handy[.] [/] No. 3 4th Inside the arbor was a large stump shaped by nature. right to hold a Keg of Lauger & two cubes of Ice[.] The [cl…ths] wer spread out side in the shade & a nice [/] No 4 4th Dinner placed there on[.] all preasant drew neare[.] R […] sung a patriotic Song[.] Qorts wer drank in Current Wine[.] Jokes wer cracked[.] one [laeger] & cabage the […] [/] No 5 4th was satiated in Sandwiches, Pie, Cak, & Jellys in variety[.] The loads wer soon mad up & went on our homeward sad happy[.] arrived safe at home in time to escap a thrdning shower of rain[.]”

See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-07-05_Marvin_combined

Citation: July 1 – July 8, 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, on the way to Mississippi – July 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-on-the-way-to-mississippi-%e2%80%93-july-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-on-the-way-to-mississippi-%e2%80%93-july-4-1864/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15120 Cloudy, but warm. Feel tolerable well[.] Received Lt More valise & sword. A national Salute fired at daylight[,] noon & retreat, also fireworks at night in honor of the day. Bought on bbl of potatos for camp. $8.


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

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July 4th Baseball http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/july-4th-baseball/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/july-4th-baseball/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15078 July 4th Baseball

A Saint Paul Saints baseball player coming home during a July 4th, 1949 game.

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Diary entry by John L. Kenny near Kennesaw Mountain, GA – July 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-john-l-kenny-near-kennesaw-mountain-ga-july-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/diary-entry-by-john-l-kenny-near-kennesaw-mountain-ga-july-3-1864/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15117 Diary entry by John L. Kenny, who served as wagoner, quartermaster sergeant, and finally as first lieutenant quartermaster with Company A, Second Minnesota Regiment. This diary was just recently acquired and has not yet been added to our library catalog. Kenny’s regiment is currently near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.

Rebs evacuated their work in front of Kenesaw Mount[.] our troops are in persuit since daylight[.] 14 […] moved through [N…gette][.] it is a very pretty place about 2 ½ miles from Kensaw Mountain[,] directly the rear from where our Brig first took position[.] the enemy had the stronge workers I have seen yet[.] we never could have taken them by storm[.] there was two A.C. Detached to move around theire left Flank[.] they [co…ed] to move two days before the Rebs evacuated[.]


Citation: John L. Kenny, Civil War Papers. Minnesota Historical Society [17008]

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Munsingwear Binoculars http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/munsingwear-binoculars/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/munsingwear-binoculars/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15076 Munsingwear Binoculars

Promotional Munsingwear cardboard encased plastic “Binox” binoculars. Circa 1978.

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New Library Lobby Exhibit: Icons of Minnesota http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/new-library-lobby-exhibit-icons-of-minnesota/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/new-library-lobby-exhibit-icons-of-minnesota/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:29:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15108

Minnesota is many things to many people. We love our outdoors, our sports and cultural life, and our symbols. How do we define and identify ourselves? Who are we, in object form?

Shown in this small exhibit are some examples of things which have become iconic and represent Minnesota in popular culture. From official symbols such as the state flower and seal to our sporting personas to why we are called the Gopher state, see some of the basis for the stories we tell ourselves here.

This exhibit is on view during Library open hours through August 30, 2014.

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Minnesota Territorial Seal, 1849 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/minnesota-territorial-seal-1849/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/minnesota-territorial-seal-1849/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:05:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=13179

This is the official iron stamp of the Minnesota territorial seal showing a farmer plowing, a tree stump and ax, and an American Indian on horseback with lance in hand riding toward a setting sun. The motto above the design reads “Quo sursum velo videre”; this is a misprint of the intended Latin phrase “Quae sursum volo videre” (“I wish to see what is beyond”). Encircling the seal is “THE GREAT SEAL OF MINNESOTA. 1849.” The manufacturer’s trademark “D. O. HARE.W.C.” is stamped on the face of the seal and also on the rim.

The seal design (adopted in 1849) was from a sketch by Col. J. J. Albert and redesigned by Capt. Seth Eastman, as seen in this watercolor by Eastman.

Two other designs were considered by a special legislative committee for a new Great Seal of Minnesota upon achieving statehood in 1858.  However, it fell to Governor Sibley to have the state seal engraved, and he decided to stick with the original territorial seal (for which he was largely responsible) with minor modifications. Sibley got rid of the misspelled Latin and added “L’etoile du Nord” (“The North Star”); the direction of the American Indian and Farmer are reversed on the state seal; and it reads “The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota, 1858.”

In 1981, the original engraved state seal from 1858 was part of a Minnesota Statehood display in the Minnesota State Capitol. When the exhibit was deinstalled in 1984, the original 1858 seal was misplaced. The Society continues its efforts to find the seal, in hopes of restoring it to its place alongside the engraved territorial seal in the MNHS Collection.

Come see the Minnesota Territorial Seal and much more in our new Library Lobby display Icons of Minnesota, on view during Library open hours now through August 30, 2014!

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, then in Little Rock,, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, discussing the rebel blockade on the White River and dangers of snakes and alligators – July 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-discussing-the-rebel-blockade-on-the-white-river-and-dangers-of-snakes-and-alligators-july-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-discussing-the-rebel-blockade-on-the-white-river-and-dangers-of-snakes-and-alligators-july-2-1864/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:51:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15100 A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., July 2nd, 1864.
My […] Libby:
Have not heard from you since my last writing. Am getting anxious. The mail are kept back on account of the rebel blockade on White River. Shelby with a battery and 1800 men occupied Clarendon for several days, destroying one gunboat and completely stopping navigation on the White river until he was driven off by our forces under Gen. Carr. […] The Regt. Has very hard work now – picketing and working on fortifications. Snakes are plenty then. Alligators too. Robt. Levrill, Co “G” came near dying from the bite of a Moccasin[.] […]
Give my love to all the folks.
Truly, your hubbie,
Madison

See whole letter here: 1864-07-02_Bowler_combined

Citation: July 2, 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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Red, White and Blue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/red-white-and-blue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/red-white-and-blue/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15074 Red, White and Blue

A print on paper depicting an American flag with treaty dates and names of reservations written into the stripes. Made by Native American artist Gordon M. Coons in 2004.

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“From the South: Death of General Polk”, “Official War Bulletins” and “The War in South Carolina”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – July 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/from-the-south-death-of-general-polk-official-war-bulletins-and-the-war-in-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/from-the-south-death-of-general-polk-official-war-bulletins-and-the-war-in-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-july-1-1864/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:42:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15096

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Schmidt Brewing/City Club Beer Map http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/schmidt-brewingcity-club-beer-map/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/07/schmidt-brewingcity-club-beer-map/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15072 Schmidt Brewing/City Club Beer Map

Schmidt Brewing/City Club Beer promotional mileage map. Rectangular envelope with adjustable mileage inset contains yellow map of Minnesota and highway routes highlighted in red. Circa 1940-50.

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“Rebel Fiendishness” and “Ninth Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – June 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/rebel-fiendishness-and-ninth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/rebel-fiendishness-and-ninth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-30-1864/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:43:01 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15093

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Rayon Day Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/rayon-day-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/rayon-day-dress/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15070 Rayon Day Dress

Woman’s dress in a printed rayon with light brown and white swirls with green four-petaled flowers on a brown background. Border print used along sleeve and tie effect at center front. Dress has bias roll collar, full-length dolman sleeve that bags at the elbow, and six gore skirt with stitched down pleats at side front and back seamlines. Label: “A Registered/ORIGINAL DESIGN/with/FASHION ORIGINATORS GUILD”. This American designed dress was registered with the Fashion Originators Guild. This Guild was active between 1932-1941 in an attempt to control design piracy and promote American design. Dress belonged to Saint Paul, Minnesota school teachers, Maria and Secundilla McVay, circa 1935.

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“A Bad Affair”, “Constitutional Amendment Defeated”, and “Female Soldiers”, The Goodhue Volunteer – June 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/a-bad-affair-constitutional-amendment-defeated-and-female-soldiers-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/a-bad-affair-constitutional-amendment-defeated-and-female-soldiers-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-29-1864/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15090

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“The Fugitive Slave Law”, “Third Regiment coming Home”, and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – June 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-fugitive-slave-law-third-regiment-coming-home-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-june-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-fugitive-slave-law-third-regiment-coming-home-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-june-28-1864/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15087

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – June 27 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-june-27/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-june-27/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15061 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, visiting friends, and occasionally working in a friend’s store. On June 27 he writes, “Remained in the store all day[.] Work is rather light[.] Weather pleasant[.]” Marvin had returned to the hospital in Chicago to complete his discharge on June 15, and wrote “After [sm…g] a goodeal of Red tape & deceving the Guard I got my pay infull of WS G for Miletary Servace[.] Bought a suit of cloths[.] Bid good by to Miletary tyrony[.] I hope for ever comrads look Sorry at this fate[.]”


See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-06-27_Marvin_combined

Citation:  June 15 – June 30, 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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Clowning Around http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/clowning-around/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/clowning-around/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15019 Clowning Around

A couple clowns trying to throw a woman into the water on a hot July 27, 1952.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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“The Sturgis Affair: Loss of the Ninth Minnesota” and “Grant Occupies a Rebel Position”, The Saint Paul Press – June 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-sturgis-affair-loss-of-the-ninth-minnesota-and-grant-occupies-a-rebel-position-the-saint-paul-press-june-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-sturgis-affair-loss-of-the-ninth-minnesota-and-grant-occupies-a-rebel-position-the-saint-paul-press-june-26-1864/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15045

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Red Wing vase http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/red-wing-vase/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/red-wing-vase/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15017 Red Wing vase

Red Wing Potteries #955 ceramic vase with luster cream ivory interior. Circa 1939-67.

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., who has been taken captive by rebels and is being held at Andersonville Prison, Georgia– June 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-taken-captive-by-rebels-and-is-being-held-at-andersonville-prison-georgia%e2%80%93-june-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-taken-captive-by-rebels-and-is-being-held-at-andersonville-prison-georgia%e2%80%93-june-25-1864/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15041 Arrived at the Prison[,] a dismal looking place[.] gav into Prison as rather inside the stockade[.] about 3 […] rashions  rather small[.] sleep on the ground[.]


Citation:  June 25, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Loons http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/loons/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/loons/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15014 Loons

The James J. Audubon print of the Great Northern Diver/Loon from the “Double Elephant Folio” edition of Birds of America, circa 1836.

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Letter from John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, in Scottsboro, Alabama, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of a difficult march and its effect on the soldiers – June 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-in-scottsboro-alabama-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-telling-of-a-difficult-march-and-its-effect-on-the-soldiers-june-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-in-scottsboro-alabama-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-telling-of-a-difficult-march-and-its-effect-on-the-soldiers-june-24-1864/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15038 Partial transcription of the letter:

Scotsbourrough, June 24, 1864
Darling
we left Huntsvill June 22[.] we marched that day 10 miles[.] I marched in the ranks[.] it was verry warm[.] June 23rd marched 18 miles[.] […] 24th marched 19 miles[,] verry warm[.] five men sun stroke[.] one man shot dead in our Brig by accident[.] a cassion shell burst in a cassion of the 12th Wis Battery[,] killed six men and two horses[.] it has been a verry unlucky day for ous [us][.] […] with much love
John


Citation: June 24 , 1864. John P. Bradford Papers 1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 6]

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Motor Corps Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/motor-corps-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/motor-corps-coat/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15011 Motor Corps Coat

Minnesota Home Guard Motor Corps olive drab wool flannel uniform sack coat cap worn by Carl M. Stendal, ca.1919.

The cotton twill lined coat (A) has four flap-type patch pockets, plain cuffs, a high standing band collar with “MINNESOTA HOME GUARD / MOTOR CORPS” and “MRG” collar discs, dull bronze Great Seal buttons, and a silver “SHARPSHOOTER” badge at the left breast dated “1919-21-22″. The cotton lined service cap (B) has a leather visor and chin strap with a dull bronze “MINNESOTA HOME GUARD / MOTOR CORPS” disc on the crown.

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“Petersburg Not Yet Taken” and “Disaster to the Ninth Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – June 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/petersburg-not-yet-taken-and-disaster-to-the-ninth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/petersburg-not-yet-taken-and-disaster-to-the-ninth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-23-1864/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15035

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Sample Card of Beads http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sample-card-of-beads/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sample-card-of-beads/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15009 Sample Card of Beads

A cardboard card strung with one hundred nine short rows of different color and size glass beads. “AMERICAN BEAD COMPANY INC./ BEADS/ IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF NOVELTIES/ 485 Fifth Avenue [dot] NEW YORK” is printed at the top of one side of the card. To the left of each row of beads is printed a number(s) representing color or size. Three rows have “bright” penciled next to them, several have penciled checkmarks. The card is a sales sample that was in stock at the Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post, Onamia, MN. Circa 1919.

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9th Minnesota Infantry Pass for Colonel Alexander Wilkin – June 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/9th-minnesota-infantry-pass-for-colonel-alexander-wilkin-june-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/9th-minnesota-infantry-pass-for-colonel-alexander-wilkin-june-22-1864/#comments Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15032 Rectangular paper pass reads, in part, “HEAD-QUARTERS DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS, / Memphis, Tenn, 22 June 1864. / Patrols will pass Col Wilkin / 9″ Minn Infty / through the city for three (3) days. / By Order of Brig. Gen’l R. P. BUCKLAND.”  Colonel Alexander Wilkin was killed the following month in the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi.  Wilkin was the highest ranking officer from Minnesota to die in the war.

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society collections. PUID 4232.H583.2

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Letter from Thomas Christie, near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, to his father, James Christie, telling of their current position and the difficulties of not getting enough food – June 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-thomas-christie-near-kennesaw-mountain-georgia-to-his-father-james-christie-telling-of-their-current-position-and-the-difficulties-of-not-getting-enough-food-june-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-thomas-christie-near-kennesaw-mountain-georgia-to-his-father-james-christie-telling-of-their-current-position-and-the-difficulties-of-not-getting-enough-food-june-21-1864/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15028 Partial transcription of the letter:

The front, near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia,
June 21st. 1864.
My Dear Father,
Some time has passed since I wrote you, but my excuse is a good one. Duty. We are full of health and hope. At times we have to work very hard, and must always be on the alert. On an average, we fire about 75 rounds a day from each gun. We are now in position on a ridge facing almost South-east parallel to the rail-road; this runs through the narrow valley between us and Kennesaw Mountain. The mountain is occupied by the rebels; they have 3 or 4 guns on the top; ours point straight at them. […] The great battle must soon take place, for the enemy is almost entirely surrounded; he cannot fall back quite so easily as he has done here before. Our line is so strong that they would make nothing in the attempt to break out. […] That rebel battery was the one in which Gen. Polk was killed on the 14th. An unexploded shell passed through his body, taking off both his arms. It was the day that sharpshooter sent his bullet through my breeches. I wrote you that day or the next; and had just finished the letter when a man was mortally wounded right at the end of the tarpaulin in which I was sitting. On the same day one of our fellows got a rap on the nose from a spent ball. I am in the best of health. This is a mountain region, very different from the swamps of Louisiana and Mississippi. Our only trouble is that we do not get half enough to eat. A little hard bread, a little coffee, and occasionally a very little meat – day after day that is all; so there is not much variety. This morning my gun detachment got together enough money to buy a fifty pound box of hardtack; it cost us five cents a pound, but it tasted good. […] Perhaps our half-starved condition is the secret of our good health; but it is not a pleasant medicine. To hold in your hands all the food you are to have for two days; to know that if you eat all you want for one meal you will have to make up for it by eating nothing for a whole day – what say you to that sort of thing? Never Mind! If only we can give these fellows a good beating before a month is over, I shall punish your mutton and potatoes and soft bread and milk and butter mightily this fall!


See entire letter here: 1864-06-14_Christie_combined

Citation: June 21, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his father James. Christie, Thomas D. and Family. Letters (transcribed) Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box 41]

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Minnesota Antiquarian Bookfair This Weekend! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/minnesota-antiquarian-bookfair-next-weekend/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/minnesota-antiquarian-bookfair-next-weekend/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:58:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15049

The Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on June 27 – 28, 2014 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (see map at bottom of this post). Over fifty exhibitors from across the country will be offering antiquarian, fine, and rare books in nearly every field, including first editions, fine bindings, vintage books & advertising, ephemera, maps, and more.

Following is a list of items that we know dealers will be bringing that we want, if you are interested in helping us build our Collection.

Thanks, hope to see you there!

From Jeffrey Marks Rare Books:

  • A wall hanging constructed of state fair prize cattle ribbons, 1902-1911, from Minnesota, New York, and Illinois.   $500
  • Elmer Gantry poster; about 22 x 28 inches; priced $450
  • “Man From Main Street” pageant placard, printed on light board, 18 x 12 inches, priced $150
  • A beautifully printed poster advertising The John Leslie Co. Paper Warehouse of Minneapolis, priced $100.
  • A  great autograph letter signed of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It is not published in Turnbull’s compilation, and it is early, and quite interesting in content.  He writes from Princeton on Feb. 29, 1920, to Luce’s Press Clipping Bureau in New York, describing himself as “a brand new author” who “must have a clipping bureau” since his “first novel This Side of Paradise appears on March 26th (Chas. Scribner’s Sons)” and describing his forthcoming stories as well.  He is particularly interested in clippings from the St. Paul and Minneapolis papers, requesting the clipping service to start right away and for them to send him a bill for the service, signed, “Very truly yours / F. Scott Fitzgerald.”   It was docketed by a recipient in blue pencil:  “Referred to ACB without reply [without reply is underlined] N. office 3-1-20.”  It is on one page, framed, priced $12,500.

From Rulon-Miller Books:

  • [Ally Press.] Macahdo, Antonio. I never wanted fame. 10 poems & proverbs translated by Robert Bly. St. Paul: Ally Press, May, 1979.            First edition limited to 1,626 copies, oblong 12mo, pp. x; title page vignette by Randall W. Scholes; original blue pictorial wrappers, fine. Ally Press Translation series no. 2. $25
  • [BROADSHEET, Minnesota.] Cheap railroad lands of Minnesota and South Dakota. The great wheat, corn, and cattle country… Fond du Lac, Wis.: P. B. Haber Printing House, n.d., ca. 1880s.  Large broadsheet, printed in metal and wooden type in red and black on 2 sides, approx. 24″ x 9″, offering “over a half million acres of grand forests” and “large quantities of cleared land.” One side of the broadsheet offers lands in Wisconsin and Michigan, and the other Minnesota and South Dakota. All the offerings are for land owned by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. Apparently unrecorded. $950
  • BURGER, WARREN E. [Dinner menu and program for:] Community recognition dinner. St. Paul: Saint Paul Hilton, August 19, 1969.         $500
  • BURGER, WARREN E. Installation of Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States [cover title]. Washington, D.C.: 1969.  8vo, 10-p. program, string bound inside larger illustrated wrappers, inscribed on the front “To Harvey T. Reid, for a most valued friend, counselor. and companion of riding trails and good dining – and for Agnes – with greetings & best wishes, Warren E. Burger, Washington August 21, 1969.”  $750
  • BURGER, WARREN E. One page autograph letter signed on Chief Justice of the Supreme Court stationery. Washington, D.C.: n.d. [but likely late 1969]. In full: “Dear Harvey and Agnes, The St. Paul visit was hectic and exhausting but the warmth of the welcome left us with a glow that will never entirely go away. Now comes the work but the loyalty of friends & their good wishes will help sustain us. Sincerely, Warren.” 8vo, integral leaf attacked; fine.  $500
  • [Dakota Indians.] Heap of Birds, Edgar. Building Minnesota [heading title]. [Minneapolis: Walker Arts Center, 1990].  Promotional pamphlet for an exhibition commissioned by the Walker Art Center; includes a short essay by Joan Rothfuss. $30
  • DYLAN, BOB (i.e. Robert Zimmerman). One page autograph manuscript signed. n.p.: 1973.   Small 8vo (approx. 8½ x 6 inches), in black Flair pen, and apparently torn from a larger sheet; 3 small holes not significantly affecting any legibility, otherwise very good. A typically enigmatic inscription: “Proud of you” (in a hand-drawn box at the top, to the right of which is a small drawing of a face) / “You never sniffed drainpipes but you [two words crossed out] have a good [one word crossed out] grasp of the alphabet – Highway 51 [one word crossed out] is not your road!” Signed boldly at the bottom, “Bob Dylan / 1973″ to the left of which signature is another drawing by Dylan of the rear end of an automobile depicting smoke coming from the tailpipe. Partly drawn from the lyrics of one of his masterpieces, Desolation Row: “Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood / With his memories in a trunk / Passed this way an hour ago / With his friend, a jealous monk / He looked so immaculately frightful / As he bummed a cigarette / Then he went off sniffing drainpipes / And reciting the alphabet      $12,500
  • [Education, Ojibwa Indians.] Christensen, Rosemary Ackley. Tribal literacy handbook with an emphasis on woodland tribal people [cover title]. [Minneapolis: Indian Education Department, Minneapolis Public Schools, 1995?].            $30
  • John Berryman: his life, his work, his thought. An exhibit of manuscripts, letters, printed works, and photographs held in conjunction with the first National Conference on John Berryman at the University of Minnesota, October 25-27, 1990. Minneapolis: Special Collections, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, 1990.      $20
  • [Kant, Immanuel.] Watson, John. The philosophy of Kant in extracts. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1884.   This copy with the ownership signature of Edward Chenery Gale, dated April 1, 1884, and the first half of this pamphlet rather extensively annotated by him in pencil while a student at Yale. Gale (born in 1862) graduated from Yale later the same year, and afterwards attended Harvard Law School.   $150
  • [Lutheran Church.] Lutheraneren og missionsbladet…Trettende bind. Minneapolis, MN: Trykt i Konferentsens Forlagsforenings Trykkeri, 1879.    8vo, pp. 420; blackletter text printed in double columns; contemporary three quarter black calf over marbled boards, spine stamped in gilt; extremities quite bumped and rubbed, cover top edges toned; interior fine. Vol. 13 of this Norwegian-American Lutheran bi-weekly journal.     $35
  • [Minneapolis.] Olson, Jana, Linda Schonning, and Jerry Mayberg. Earthworm. [Minneapolis: Environmental Library of Minnesota], 1971.  The first and only Earthworm Catalogue, “A resource guide to the Twin Cities area…an anti-consumers’ guide to purchasing…best and cheapest places to get most anything” – upper cover. Not in OCLC.  $50
  • [Minneapolis.] S.E. Olson & Co. Olson’s souvenir. Minneapolis: S.E. Olson & Co., ca. 1890s.  Broadsheet (336 x189 mm.) printed on stiff cardboard; color illustration on recto; miniscule loss to top right-hand corner not affecting text, else fine. Advertisement for Olson’s Bargains, “The People’s Favorite Bargain Resort,” whose department register boasts five floors of goods at 213 and 215 Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The illustration on recto shows a poised model whose garbs display the diversity of fabric and goods offered.       $75
  • [Minnesota.] Naiden, James, ed. The north stone review. Spring 1971. Volume one, number one. Minneapolis: North Stone Review, 1971.   8vo, pp. 70; original pink printed wrappers, fine. Warmly inscribed by Naiden to the private press printer, Emerson G. Wulling.   $35
  • [Minnesota.] Rand McNally & Company. Rand McNally standard indexed and air trails map of Minnesota for tourists, aviators, commercial travelers, transportation men, shippers, general commercial, and business reference. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1929.   $35
  • [MINNESOTA.] Tested recipes contributed by the ladies of St. Mark’s parish, Minneapolis. Minneapolis: W. A. Edwards Printing Co., 1891.  First edition, 8vo, pp. [12] ads, 110, [14] ads; original brown cloth spotted and a little stained, rear hinge cracking; a good copy. A charity recipe book organized in 16 chapters offering descriptions of methods for baking bread, breakfast, salads, cakes, soups, fish, poultry, meats, vegetables, pies, etc. Each recipe is attributed to a parish member. Not in OCLC.         $500
  • [Nursing.] The operating room. Instructions for nurses and assistants. St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. With 144 illustrations. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1924.   Reprint; small 8vo, pp. 165; illustrations throughout; original grey cloth (lightly soiled), mostly fine. “This manual is a development of ‘Notes for Operating Room Nurses, St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota,’ first printed in 1920″ – preface.   $25
  • [Nursing.] Proceedings of the fifteenth annual convention of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses held at St. Paul, Minnesota June 7 and 8, 1909. Baltimore: J.H. Furst Company, 1910.            $35
  • [Paper Samples.] Buckeye cover standardized paper. St. Paul: McClellan Paper Company, [ca. 1950s].   Oblong 8vo, unpaginated; original linen-backed pictorial paper wrappers, light foxing and sunning to back wrapper, else fine; interior fine. Provides sample papers demonstrating color, texture, weights, and finishes, with a duplex color swatch at the back. “Butler Brands Paper” printed on the cover. Not in OCLC.    $50
  • [Photographs.] Pillsbury, John S. & Mahala Fisk Pillsbury. A pair of cabinet photographs, as below. Minneapolis: A. B. Rugg & W. H. Jacoby & Son, n.d., [ca. 1886].   A pair of cabinet photographs, each approx. 6½ x 4¼ inches, the first of Governor John S. Pillsbury, the eighth governor of Minnesota and the founder of the Pillsbury Company, by A. B. Rugg, Minneapolis; and the second by W. H. Jacoby & Son, also of Minneapolis, depicting his spouse, Mahala Fisk Pillsbury. Fine, bright condition.  $500
  • Prepared for the Downtown Council of Minneapolis by Gruen Associates. Downtown Minneapolis in the 1980s. [Los Angeles, California]: Gruen Associates, 1981.  An expansive study on the economic health and grownth forecast of downtown Minneapolis.   $35
  • Stassen, Harold E. and Alfred D. Lindley. Three typed letters, signed, by and about Minnesota politician Harold E. Stassen. Minnesota: 1947. 3 typed letters printed on rectos only; previous folds, else fine. Includes 2 letters from Stassen on his letterhead, dated September 2 and October 20, 1947, in which he thanks a supporter for her donations to the Stassen Presidential campaign, his second of what would eventually be 12 runs. The second letter, written at the start of his national campaign, is especially hopeful: “[T]here is every indication in recent polls and comments of Republican leaders that we are in an excellent position as we round the turn of the year and start down the stretch. My recent journey through New England sparkled with good news.” The third letter, also dated September 2, 1947, on personal letterhead, by Alfred D. Lindley, Treasurer of Stassen’s Minnesota Fund and former Olympic gold medalist (rowing, 1924), thanking the addressee for “a very handsome contribution”. Lindley concludes his missive with “Dewey has declined considerably from his peak. The Eisenhower boom is not yet serious, and we firmly believe that when Harold starts his formal campaign sometime this fall that you will see a marked increase in confidence in his ultimate success”.  $95

From Cambridge Books:

  • H. Mowry, Guide and directory of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Excelsior, Minn. : Lake Minnetonka Print House, 1884. An unsually nice copy of an extraordinarily rare book (OCLC shows only four other known copies). $750.00
  • Up to Date Tourists’ and Homeseekers’ Guide to Hubbard County, Minnesota. Todd and Kruger, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 1922. $125.00
  • Chester Wilfred Leigh, Wheat and Chaff. Press of Jeffrey & McPherson Company, Minneapolis, 1926. $16.00
  • Henry B. Whipple, Sermon Delivered before the Missionary Council…, 1888. (as is). $24.00
  • History of Plummer (Minnesota). No place, no date, but probably 1960’s. 21 cm. 3 pages of text followed by 6 pages of photographs $24.00
  • Herman Peterson, Vista, 1856-1956. 138 pages, 23 cm. Vista is located in Waseca County. The only other known copy of this rare history is found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. $ 40.00
  • Gavin E. Caukin. From Cold Harbor to Petersburg with the SecondArmy Corps. A paper read before the Oregon Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. January 8, 1896. Portland, Oregon, 1896. $180.00
  • Anniversary, 1905-1980, Garfield, Minnesota August 16-17, Program. 22 cm. around 28 pages. $18.00
  • History of the Little Town in the Big Woods (Clarissa, Minnesota). Clarissa, Minnesota. Independent News Herald, 1997. $36.00
  • Carver Beach Annual, April, 1932. (Chanhassen, Long Lake). Issued Yearly by the Carver Beach Property Owners Association. $90.00
  • History of the Ebenezer Lutheran Congregation, Mayfield Township (Pennington County), Minnesota. Oklee Herald, Oklee Minnesota, 1956. $18.00
  • Minnetonka Yacht Club, Deephaven Minnesota, 1948. Articles Of Incorporation, By-Laws, members, Trophies, etc. $36.00
  • Plat Book of Pennington County, from data…1951 $60.00
  • Souvenir, Hotel Andrews…Hennepin at Fourth St. ca 1915 $60.00
  • Remembering E.W. and Jessie Hallett (Crosby) $60.00
  • Richard Burton. Little Essays in Literature and Life. New York, the Century Co., 1914. This copy signed by Burton and furtherinscribed by Minnesota writer William Edgar to Kermit Roosevelt and dated May 22, 1914. $150.00

From Corner Books:

  • Red Top Cab Co. Directory of Minneapolis & St. Paul complete with Streets, Buildings, Schools, Churches, Clubs, Hotels, etc. price 50c n.d. Also includes apartments, asylums and homes, lakes, libraries, mills, parks and parkways, theaters… a great small pamphlet with illustration of cab on the front.
  • Duluth Junior College Engineer’s Club. Blueprint, 1935 and 1936. Published by the Engineer’s Club. Illustrated blue paper covers; two different sizes. Text is mimeographed with illustrations in blue colored photographs. Stapled binding. Good condition for age.
  • East High Annual 1920. Cardinal. Published annually by the Senior Class of the East High School, Minneapolis, Volume XIV. Intro by Ruth Fitch Cole. “You are young because you have dreams; because each day with its work and its lay is filled with hope.” 160 pp. Good condition internally. Cover has splotches and is worn.

From Spring Hollow Books:

  • The High School Party Book: Attractive Suggestions for Parties That Are Different. Eva May Brickett. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1937   $10
  • Modern Pantomime Entertainments For Teen Ages, Adults, and Grammar Grades. Effa E. Preston. Minneapolis, MN: T. S. Denison & Company, copyright 1938   $10
  • School Proms: Complete Practical Suggestions for Staging the School Prom. Marietta Abell and Agnes J. Anderson. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1941.  $10
  • Programs for High School Assemblies Vol. 2: A Collection of Suggested Programs for Various Types of School Assemblies. Marietta Abell and Agnes J. Anderson. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1936. $10
  • Carnival Capers for Schools. Dora Mary MacDonald. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1932. $10
  • Vaegteren en Samling aandelige Salmer (A Collection of Spiritual Psalms). Red Wing MN, 1881. 14-1/2cm x 10-1/2cm, 327 pages. $75
  • Adams, R. H., curator. Thos. B. Walker Art Collection: Descriptive Catalogue of Carved Jades.n.d. $30
  • University of Minnesota Centennial Showboat Anniversary Program. 1967. $20
  • Railroad Magazine, February 1954. Cover article: Railroads of the Twin Cities: A Service second to none in Minneapolis-St. Paul. $15
  • The Gopher: 1914 University of Minnesota Yearbook. $65

From Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts:

  • (GENERAL ORDERS — CIVIL WAR — MINNESOTA). TOWNSEND, E.D. General Orders, No. 184. Washington, DC: War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, 1863. 16mo. Self-cover. 8pp. Near fine. Binding traces at gutter (not affecting text). This lengthy and fascinating General Order chronicles the Fort Snelling court martial trial of Captain James Starkey of the 1st Minnesota Mounted Rangers, charged with “Making false muster,” “Willingly signing muster rolls containing false musters,” “Making false return to his superior officer of the state of his Company” and “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Each charge is elaborated in great detail. Starkey was found guilty of most of the charges and sentenced “To be cashiered, and to be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States” — this latter sentence commuted by President Lincoln, who always believed in giving someone a second chance. Signed in type at the conclusion by Townsend as Assistant Adjutant General. General Orders were usually made in modest quantities for distribution to the various army commands, where the company clerks would collect them (hence the occasional file holes). A great many were destroyed during the course of the war, and original examples of most survive in surprisingly few copies. (#38792) $95

From James & Mary Laurie Booksellers:

  • Schanilec, Gaylord. Ruminator Broadsides. Complete set of five portfolios with six broadsides in each portfolio. St. Paul, MN: Ruminator Books / Midnight Paper Sales, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004. Each broadside is signed and numbered and limitations range from 70 to 120 copies. Broadsides measure approximately 11 x 15 inches (27.9 x 38.1 cm.). This project was done in collaboration with Midnight Paper Sales and each broadside is illustrated by its proprietor, printer and reknown wood engraver, Gaylord Schanilec. The authors included in this now almost unobtainable complete series of portfolios are:

HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 1: Gary Snyder, Kathleen Norris, Joyce Sutphen, Mary Karr, E. Annie Proulx, and Jane Mead

A SECOND HUNGRY MIDNIGHT: Sherman Alexie, Paul Metcalf, John Dufresne, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, and Charles Baxter.

HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 3: Linda McCarriston, Jonis Agee, Clare Rossini, Barry Lopez, Anne Michaels, and Paula Woods.

HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 4: Edwidge Danticat, James Galvin, Tawni O’Dell, Carl H. Klaus, Ha Jin, and Patricia Hampl.

MIDNIGHT RUMINATOR FIRST & (LAST): Li-Young Lee, Richard Ford, Sandra Benitez, Robert Bly, Louise Erdich, and Bill Holm.

Most of the broadsides were sold individually at one of America’s premier independent bookstores (formerly known as the Hungry Mind Bookstore) after readings by each author. A limited number of sets were also produced. Schanilec signed the title page of each of the five sets. There were only 20 copies of the first set and the number of sets were gradually increased to 50 with the fifth and final set. The store was closed halfway through the fifth series and the final three authors never had the opportunity to appear at a reading in the store. Some of the sets are designated as printer’s proofs, the rest are numbered. Fine. (#9003937) $7,500.00

  • Dayton, George Draper. dedication. Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton. Minneapolis: Privately Printed, [1931]. Published as a memorial to Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton by her husband and sons. Bound in full leather by Augsburg. Contained in a slipcase. Signed by George Draper Dayton II on the front end paper. Fine condition. Fine condition. Full Leather. (#9015686) $300.00
  • Heffelfinger, Lucia L. Peavey. Memoirs of Christopher B. Heffelfinger. Minneapolis: Field & Tuer, 1922. 1st. One of 40 copies bound in dark brown morocco, cover stamped in gilt. Minor wear to extremities, otherwise fine. With two frontis portraits and additional black & white plates throughout. Near fine. Hardcover. (#9018593) $400.00
  • Bergson, Henri. Creative Evolution. Translated by Arthur Mitchell. New York: Henry Holt, 1913. reprint. Bound in publisher’s original blue cloth with spine stamped in gilt. Some bumping to corners and wear to extremities. From the library of Edgar Hermann with his pencil signature on front fly leaf in pencil and his bookplate on front free end paper. On the back of the front free end paper is a charming pencil sketch of a child dancing by Wanda Gag. (#9018782) $500.00
  • Krueger, William Kent. Iron Lake. 9/98 written in blue ink. Final typed and edited manuscript draft on 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets. 354 numbered pages. Extensively edited, corrected and formatted for publication of the author’s first novel. First and last leaves a little rumpled but not affecting the text. With this final draft the title of the novel was changed! Do you know what its original title was? From the collection of Howard Block with a presentation signed by the author thanking him for his support and belief. Housed in a custom made blue drop-back folding (clamshell) box. A wonderful document that shows a great deal about the publication process and the interplay between the author and the publishers. Fine condition.. (#9017905) $2,000.00
  • Fleming, A. M. Autobiography of a Dakota Squatter; and Other Stories. Boston: Meador, 1934. 1st. Bound in the publisher’s original blind ruled learther covered boards, spine and cover stamped in gilt. Very light sunning to spine, otherwise fine. Near fine. Hardcover. (#9018698) $750.00
  • Catlin, George (1794 – 1872). Ball Players taken from The North American Indian Portfolio. London: Henry Bohn, ca. 1866. IPrinted by Day and Haghe, Lith to the Queen. Image size 17 1/2 x 12 inches. Paper size 23 1/2 x 18 inches. Framed in a beautiful modern Italian dark burl wood. Fine condition.

“Three distinguished Ball Players, portraits from life, in ball-play dress. No. 1, Tul-lock-chish-ko (He who drinks the juice of the stone). A Choctaw. No. 2. Wee-chush-ta-doo-ta (The Red Man). A Sioux, from the Upper Mississippi. No. 3. Ah-no-je-nahge (He who Stands on both Sides). a Sioux brave, from the Missouri. Amongst the forty-eight tribes which I have visited, I find the game of Ball everywhere played; and to my great surprise, by tribes separated by a space of three thousand miles, played very nearly in the same manner; the chief difference consisting in the different construction of the ball-sticks used – the modes of laying out the ground – and painting and ornamenting yheir bodies. In most of the tribes there are certain similar regulations as to dress, ornaments,&c., which no one is allowed to depart from; and in the three portraits given, in the illustration here, these particular and general modes are all set forth. Amongst all tyhe tribes I have visited in their primary condition, which their native modes are unchanged by civilized innovations. I find that every player mudt enter the play entirely denuded, with the exception of their breach-cloths and ornamented belts around their waists…leaving all their limbs free to act, without the least encumbrance of dress. And that they may feel and appreciate more to their advantage the ground that they run upon, they uniformly enter the lists to run in this desperate chase with the naked foot. (#9018781) $10,000.00

From Ron Lerner:

  • Anon Okodakicipye Wakan kin Wiwicawangai 1894. This appears to be an unrecorded catechism done in both Dakota and English. Page 23 and no others available. $100
  • Skratthult, Olle i Viser a Hikstorier 1908 $100
  • Official Brand Book of the State of North Dakota (N. D. Brand Record)  1944 $125  196 pages and a beautiful copy

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written en route to Memphis, Tennessee – June 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-en-route-to-memphis-tennessee-%e2%80%93-june-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-en-route-to-memphis-tennessee-%e2%80%93-june-20-1864/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15025 Clear and very warm[.] Marched along the River all forenoon[.] Excessively warm[.] Some men Sunstruck, Great numbers gave out & threw away their clothes &c,[.] Camped for the night in Sight of [M…e][.] Passed a very rich and beautiful Country, with nice houses Shade trees[…][.] Boys picked up chickens, pigs, eggs, milk, &c[.]

Citation: June 20, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Bomb Targets http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/bomb-targets/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/bomb-targets/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15004 Bomb Targets

A woman looking at a map of possible nuclear (?) bomb targets in Minneapolis, July 8, 1948.

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., who has been captured by Rebels and transported to Andersonville Prison, Georgia – June 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-captured-by-rebels-and-transported-to-andersonville-prison-georgia-june-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-who-has-been-captured-by-rebels-and-transported-to-andersonville-prison-georgia-june-19-1864/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:45:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15021 Took the cars for the prison camp and arrived at camp a bout two o clock[.] rained a bout half of the time[.] slept on the ground with out any blankets[.]

Citation:  June 19, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Sock It To Me T-shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sock-it-to-me-t-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sock-it-to-me-t-shirt/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15001 Sock It To Me T-shirt

White cotton t-shirt reading “SOCK IT TO ME” in black print on front and back. Circa, 1968.

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“The Sixth Regiment”, “Examination of Conscripts” and “News of Our Own State”, The Rochester City Post – June 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-sixth-regiment-examination-of-conscripts-and-news-of-our-own-state-the-rochester-city-post-june-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-sixth-regiment-examination-of-conscripts-and-news-of-our-own-state-the-rochester-city-post-june-18-1864/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:00:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15006

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Tackle Box http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/tackle-box/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/tackle-box/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14998 Tackle Box

Tackle box for use while wading made by Umco Corporation in Watertown, Minnesota. The molded plastic tackle box has one large storage compartment, twelve (12) small compartments, and a cotton web shoulder strap.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, then in Little Rock,, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, outlining his various duties – June 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-outlining-his-various-duties-june-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-outlining-his-various-duties-june-17-1864/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14985 Partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., June 17th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…] You wish to know what I have to do. Well, a good deal. Have as much business as any regt’l comd’r – making suports, drilling the regt.; sending recruiting parties to different stations, providing for the sick and getting recruits examined and mustered. I have recruiting parties at Duvalls Bluff, Pine Bluff, and Brownsville. Yesterday I sent a party to the mouth of White river. I tent with Lieut. Gustafson. Once in a while I ride out – sometimes call on Gen. Andrews and at other places where I have friends. There are no less than eight officers of the 3d Regt. on detached duty in this town – Capt. Hodges, Sup’t Military Prison, Lieuts. Greenleaf and Champion, on Gen. Andrews staff, Capt DeKay, Asst Pro. Marshall, Lieut Morse, asst Commissary of Musters, Lieut. Gustafson a Gummons comdg Convalescent Camp, and Lieut. Gustafson and myself in the colored business. I forgot Dr. Greely, Surgeon Mility Prison.
Give my love to all, and give baby two hundred kisses for me.
Truly,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1864-06-17_Bowler_combined

Citation: June 17, 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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Guarding Slot Machines http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/guarding-slot-machines/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/guarding-slot-machines/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14995 Guarding Slot Machines

Deputy James Virlingham guarding a truckload of seized slot machines in Crow Wing County, 1939.

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“Fort Darling Captured!”, “From Gen. Grant’s Army”, and “From Kentucky”, The Wabasha County Herald – June 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/fort-darling-captured-from-gen-grants-army-and-from-kentucky-the-wabasha-county-herald-june-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/fort-darling-captured-from-gen-grants-army-and-from-kentucky-the-wabasha-county-herald-june-16-1864/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14982

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Flower King http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/flower-king/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/flower-king/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14993 Flower King

Woodblock print on paper titled “Flower King” made by Minnesota artist Gary Egger for the Dayton’s Bluff Print of the Month Club in 1980.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, then in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, relating details of the funeral of Col. F. C. Manter – June 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-relating-details-of-the-funeral-of-col-f-c-manter-june-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-then-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-relating-details-of-the-funeral-of-col-f-c-manter-june-15-1864/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14977 A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., June 15th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…]Yesterday I attended the funeral of Col. F. C. Manter, Gen. Steele’s Chief of Staff. Col. Manter was from St. Louis, and was colonel of the 32d Missouri Inf’y. He had but recently returned from an important mission to Washington. He was thrown to the ground while riding a fiery horse, his forehead striking the ground, splitting open his skull, and terminating his life in two hours. The death of Col. Manter gave me a peculiar sadness. […] How sad the thought that one so honored, so promising, should be cut off in the midst of his career, in the prime of manhood. But such is the will of God, and we should not complain; but should let such incidents admonish us to be prepared – we know not who shall be next. […]
Kiss baby for me, and give love to all.
Truely


See entire letter here: 1864-06-15_Bowler_combined

Citation: June 15, 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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Letter from Thomas Christie, in Georgia, to his father, James Christie, telling of being shot at by Rebel sharpshooters – June 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-thomas-christie-in-georgia-to-his-father-james-christie-telling-of-being-shot-at-by-rebel-sharpshooters-june-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/letter-from-thomas-christie-in-georgia-to-his-father-james-christie-telling-of-being-shot-at-by-rebel-sharpshooters-june-14-1864/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14972 Partial transcription of the letter:

The Front, Georgia, June 14. 1864
My Dear Father:
[…] Today has been cloudy, no rain; a few cannon shots have been fired by us, but more by the enemy. Their sharpshooters, however, are pretty active; most of their bullets fly rather close to us. The blankets hung up to dry have many a hole in them. One fellow paid his compliments to my breeches and boots this forenoon, in a way not the most agreable in these days when both tailors and shoemakers are hard to find. I was cleaning my revolver; the Captain was near me doing the same for his sabre; quite a crowd of men were standing around. Two rifles cracked in the edge of the wood, about 300 yards away. One heavy ball went close over my shoulder. The other stopped right through the Funner’s haversack, riddling his tin cup and pepperbox; next, it took me close to the ancle with tremendous force, making me spin round like a top. Luckily, it did me no harm beyond making two holes in my pantaloons 2 inches apart, and one in my boot-leg where the crinkle is at the ancle. If it had gone an inch to the left, it would have ended my soldiering; for I have never yet saw a broken ancle that did not cause amputation of the foot. It is a bad place for a wound. However, a miss is as good as a mile, and I am thankful. […]
Your penniless and hungry Son,
T.D.C.



See entire letter here: 1864-06-14_Christie_combined

Citation: June 14, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his father James. Christie, Thomas D. and Family. Letters (transcribed) Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box 41]

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Diary Entry by Matthew Marving – June 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-matthew-marving-june-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-matthew-marving-june-13-1864/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14968 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is now at his family home in St. Charles, Illinois. On June 13 he writes, “By way of amusement tried to make boxes to feed horses in but soon Bushed them[.] tried to hoe in the Garden & bushed again[.] Picked a bole of Strawberris for my supper[.] they wer fine[.] Weather pleasant[.]” Marvin received his discharge from the army on June 16th, writing, “Came home & helped to fix mainger in the old barn[.] got ready to go fishing but the weather was to cold[.] Recd letter from Hospital Steward Notice of discharge[.] Weather pleasant[.]
See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-06-13_Marvin_combined

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

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Sliding for Third http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sliding-for-third/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/sliding-for-third/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14951 Sliding for Third

A Columbus Red Birds baseball player sliding into third, but Minneapolis Millers player Ray Dandridge is already there with the ball. August 9, 1950.

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“The Battle of the Chickahominy”, The Saint Paul Press – June 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-battle-of-the-chickahominy-the-saint-paul-press-june-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-battle-of-the-chickahominy-the-saint-paul-press-june-12-1864/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14965

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Commando-Scope http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/commando-scope/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/commando-scope/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14949 Commando-Scope

Comando-Scope handheld periscope. Consists of wood framed periscope with fitted slats for gold colored cardboard piece with a red printed graphic showing people using the device. Text reads “COMANDO SCOPE (reversed within a red triangle) / A GENUINE PERISCOPE for Junior Commandos…”. An oval opening near the bottom reveals an angled mirror. Metal staples near at the top and bottom hold the cardboard in place. Reverse cardboard piece is identical, but upside down so the mirror is at the opposite end.

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., written near Ripley, Mississippi – June 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-written-near-ripley-mississippi-%e2%80%93-june-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-james-n-woodbury-9th-regiment-co-c-written-near-ripley-mississippi-%e2%80%93-june-11-1864/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14962 Start for Lawrence 42 miles from here[.] the enemy follow us all the time[.] we get 14 miles from Ripley and are taken prisoners and marched back to Ripley[.]


Citation: June 11, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Stuck in the Mud http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/stuck-in-the-mud/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/stuck-in-the-mud/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14947 Stuck in the Mud

A photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh’s motorcycle stuck in the mud, 8 miles NE of New Glarus, WI. March 27, 1922.

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“Late Rebel Accounts”, “The Union Advance on Richmond”, and “The Constitutional Amendment”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – June 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/late-rebel-accounts-the-union-advance-on-richmond-and-the-constitutional-amendment-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-june-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/late-rebel-accounts-the-union-advance-on-richmond-and-the-constitutional-amendment-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-june-10-1864/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14959

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Ramsey’s Pistol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/ramseys-pistol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/ramseys-pistol/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14945 Ramsey's Pistol

A United States Army Model 1842 single-shot .54 caliber percussion lock pistol that belonged to Alexander Ramsey, Governor of Minnesota from 1860 – 1863. The pistol has an oiled walnut stock and brass mountings. The iron parts are finished white, except for a blued trigger. Made by Henry Aston in Middletown, Connecticut.

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“Grant Assaults the Rebel Lines on Tuesday and Drives Them Into Their Entrenchments”, and “Latest Official Bullitens”, The Wabasha County Herald – June 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/grant-assaults-the-rebel-lines-on-tuesday-and-drives-them-into-their-entrenchments-and-latest-official-bullitens-the-wabasha-county-herald-june-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/grant-assaults-the-rebel-lines-on-tuesday-and-drives-them-into-their-entrenchments-and-latest-official-bullitens-the-wabasha-county-herald-june-9-1864/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14955

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Duct Tape Purse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/duct-tape-purse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/duct-tape-purse/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14943 Duct Tape Purse

Red duct tape handbag, made by Carly Stipe of St. Paul, Minnesota in 2003.

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“Miscellaneous Reading”, and “Telegraphic News”, The Goodhue Volunteer – June 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/miscellaneous-reading-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/miscellaneous-reading-and-telegraphic-news-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-8-1864/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14931

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“News Items”, and “The Dual Campaign – The Two Objectives Reached”, The Stillwater Messenger – June 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/news-items-and-the-dual-campaign-the-two-objectives-reached-the-stillwater-messenger-june-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/news-items-and-the-dual-campaign-the-two-objectives-reached-the-stillwater-messenger-june-7-1864/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14928

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from Paducah, Kentucky – June 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-paducah-kentucky-%e2%80%93-june-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-paducah-kentucky-%e2%80%93-june-6-1864/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14925 Cloudy and rainy[.] Heavy rain storm in the afternoon, also heavy winds[.] Feel very well. Lt Butler quite sick with sore mouth[.] 3 new officers assigned to this Reg. temporarily from the 85th. I drilled one half the Reg. 2 hours in the afternoon[.] Wrote 6 letter for G. Carter. Rec’d paper from Lt […ot]. Rain still continues[.]


Citation: June 6, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Crying Baby http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/crying-baby/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/crying-baby/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14899 Crying Baby

A new father holding his crying baby and trying to read a guide to Infant Care in August of 1938.

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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“The War in Virginia”, “The Situation” and “Gen. Butler’s Operations Against Richmond”, The Saint Paul Press – June 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-war-in-virginia-the-situation-and-gen-butlers-operations-against-richmond-the-saint-paul-press-june-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-war-in-virginia-the-situation-and-gen-butlers-operations-against-richmond-the-saint-paul-press-june-5-1864/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14922

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Tonka Dumptruck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/tonka-dumptruck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/tonka-dumptruck/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14897 Tonka Dumptruck

A chromed steel toy dump truck made in 1990 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic steel Tonka Dumptruck. Made by Tonka Corporation of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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To learn more about Tonka and other Minnesota toy manufactures, please visit our new exhibit titled Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s now open at the History Center.

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“The Draft: It Is Completed”, and “The News”, The Rochester City Post – June 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-draft-it-is-completed-and-the-news-the-rochester-city-post-june-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-draft-it-is-completed-and-the-news-the-rochester-city-post-june-4-1864/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14919

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Beer Delivery Wagon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/beer-delivery-wagon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/beer-delivery-wagon/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14894 Beer Delivery Wagon

A photograph from around 1890 showing the Yoerg Brewing Company’s delivery wagon in St. Paul. Anthony Yoerg moved to St. Paul in 1848 and started brewing soon thereafter.

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“Late News Items”, “Loss of General Officers”, and “Ninth Regiment”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – June 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/late-news-items-loss-of-general-officers-and-ninth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-june-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/late-news-items-loss-of-general-officers-and-ninth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-june-3-1864/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:25 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14916

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Plains Cree tobacco pouch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/plains-cree-tobacco-pouch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/plains-cree-tobacco-pouch/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14891 Plains Cree tobacco pouch

This buckskin pipe bag has beadwork on the lower half that is sewn on heavy cotton canvas and applied; ribbon binds the top edges of the bag. The beadwork and general shape of the bag indicate its origin with the Plains Cree, made in the early 1900s.

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“The News,” and “From the Fourth Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – June 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-news-and-from-the-fourth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-news-and-from-the-fourth-regiment-the-st-cloud-democrat-june-2-1864/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14913

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Runes of the North http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/runes-of-the-north/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/runes-of-the-north/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14889 Runes of the North

Minnesota author Sigurd Olson was a passionate leader in conservation and wilderness preservation, with a particularly strong connection to the Boundary Waters. This book of essays was originally published in 1963, the same year he became vice-president of The Wilderness Society.

For more information, view this book in our collections database.

MNHS also has one of Sigurd Olson’s canoe paddles in the collection, please click this link to view it in our collections database.

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“The Armies,” and “List of Drafted Men”, The Goodhue Volunteer – June 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-armies-and-list-of-drafted-men-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/06/the-armies-and-list-of-drafted-men-the-goodhue-volunteer-june-1-1864/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 14:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14909

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“News Items,” and “Grant and the Soldiers”, The Stillwater Messenger – May 31, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/news-items-and-grant-and-the-soldiers-the-stillwater-messenger-may-31-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/news-items-and-grant-and-the-soldiers-the-stillwater-messenger-may-31-1864/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14868

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Reception gown worn by Mary LeDuc http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/reception-gown-worn-by-mary-leduc/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/reception-gown-worn-by-mary-leduc/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 15:53:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14901
How torn Mary LeDuc must have felt between extravagance and necessity when assessing her social position and need for proper dress. She was anticipating her husband’s appointment as Secretary of Commerce under President Hayes in 1877. The LeDucs had left their home in Hastings, Minnesota. While Gen. William Gates LeDuc served in the Civil War; his wife, Mary, stayed with her parents in Ohio.

Correspondence from the LeDuc family in the Minnesota Historical Society’s manuscript collection is filled with letters between Mrs. LeDuc and her daughters agonizing over frugalities as they alter bonnets and dresses, purchase fabric, ribbons and notions and seek an inexpensive dressmaker or milliner. “I had my silk bonnet all made over on Monday – new shape – Papa thought it was a new bonnet – with satin and dark cardinal plush and two big roses – I think it verypretty, it will do for dress bonnet all winter – only cost $4.25. ”

When General LeDuc was in Washington lobbying for his appointment, Mrs. LeDuc was living with her parents in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Their daughter, Minnie, was living in New York and had found a reasonable dressmaker in Miss Jane E. Turner. Miss Turner’s invoice of September 28, 1877 for one black silk and one brown velvet dress came to $128.33. Minnie’s excitement in receiving delivery of these dresses for her mother is in her letter, “Your dresses came Saturday and are lovely. I did not unfold them much fearing I could not pack them again. I should think both would fit you nicely. The front of the brown skirt is particularly pretty. “ She mailed the package to Mrs. Leduc after she arrived in Washington.

Mary’s letter back to Minnie, described an invitation from the White House. “I wore my brown silk out yesterday for first time, called on Mrs. Hayes after dinner.” The brown velvet and brocade reception gown must have felt very extravagant.

Florence wrote to her sister, Minnie, “[Miss Turner] has made two dresses for Mamma and they are lovely. She is a true artist. I’ve never seen any dresses at any time that could equal those made by her.”

This dress was donated by the LeDuc family in 1920 and remained unidentified until the photograph, dress, invoice and letters were brought together after research by Society collections staff and volunteers.

Special thanks to MNHS textile conservator Ann Frisina for her working in bringing this dress to life on a custom mannequin.

Linda McShannock, Associate Curator

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – May 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-may-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-may-30-1864/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently home on furlough, and on May 30 he writes, “This A.m. Matt [Hilt] waked me up with […] in his hand containing an eye opener[.] had a train this A.m. [J…] is a Brick [rare][.] he came down with his wagon & I rode with him[.] Invited to go to Crete on a visit tomorrow E. R. & Jim[.] Weather pleasant[.]” When Marvin was last at the hospital, he again inquired about his discharge and received no answer. In a combined entry of May 22-23 he wrote, “Why the Dr. should keep men in the hospital ten fifteen & twenty months & [over] & they yet unfit for duty & wont or don’t discharge them[.] […] the boys have aske or […] about their discharge but go no satis faction from the surgeons[.] I think the Dr are afraid[.] Will look to see what is the matter[.]”.

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See entire week’s entries here: 1864-05-30_Marvin_combined

Citation: May 18 – June 2, 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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Boxing Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/boxing-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/boxing-trophy/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 05:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14849 Boxing Trophy

Boxer Elmer “Kid Violent” Ray at home with one of his heavyweight boxing trophies on August 20th, 1946.

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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“Latest News By Telegraph-The Situation on Wednesday”, The Saint Paul Press – May 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/latest-news-by-telegraph-the-situation-on-wednesday-the-saint-paul-press-may-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/latest-news-by-telegraph-the-situation-on-wednesday-the-saint-paul-press-may-29-1864/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14861

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Platter by Richard Bresnahan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14847 Platter by Richard Bresnahan

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

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“The News”, “Hancock on the Field”, and “News of Our Own State”, The Rochester City Post – May 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/the-news-hancock-on-the-field-and-news-of-our-own-state-the-rochester-city-post-may-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/the-news-hancock-on-the-field-and-news-of-our-own-state-the-rochester-city-post-may-28-1864/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 14:00:40 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14858

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St. Paul Baseball Opening Day Tag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/st-paul-baseball-opening-day-tag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/05/st-paul-baseball-opening-day-tag/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14816 St. Paul Baseball Opening Day Tag

St. Paul Baseball Opening Day Tag, circa 1916.

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