Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:01:04 +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 Birds-eye Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/birds-eye-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/birds-eye-capitol/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17947

A birds-eye view of the 1953 St. Paul Winter Carnival parade going past the state capitol on February 1, 1953.

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.

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

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Ironclad Souvenir http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ironclad-souvenir/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ironclad-souvenir/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17944

A miniature souvenir anchor made of iron salvaged from the frigate USS Merrimack, which had been rebuilt by the Confederates as the ironclad warship CSS Virginia during the Civil War. The CSS Virginia was engaged at the Battle of Hampton Roads, sinking or grounding three Union ships before being engaged by another ironclad, the USS Monitor. The world’s first battle between ironclad warships ended in a draw. The Virginia was later destroyed to avoid being captured by Union forces. 1907.

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

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Frozen Mississippi http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/frozen-mississippi/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/frozen-mississippi/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17941

An oil on canvas painting titled “Frozen Mississippi”, made by Philip Little in 1910.

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

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Ojiwbe Dance Apron http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ojiwbe-dance-apron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ojiwbe-dance-apron/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17938

This dance apron or breech cloth was owned and worn by George Peake, also known as Little Moose, an Ojibwe dramatic reader and story teller from the White Earth Nation. Polychrome floral bead work on black velvet, edges bound with red cloth tape, backed with black silk fabric. It forms part of a costume with the vest, 1995.95.1.1. Possibly made by Nora Reedfield of Mankato, MN.

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

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Folding Table http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/folding-table/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/folding-table/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17935

A small child-size wood and metal folding table with built-in bench. Probably from the 1940s or 50s.

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

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GBs on the Bar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/gbs-on-the-bar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/gbs-on-the-bar/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17932

A photograph of a smoke filled Minneapolis tavern with quite a few bottles of Grain Belt Premium on the bar on October 21, 1945.

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.

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

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Vassarette Slip http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/vassarette-slip/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/vassarette-slip/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17929

A brown and white nylon slip with a print of branches, buds, and leaves, triangular overlapping cups, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a scalloped hem. Designed by Jean Hall of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Made in the 1970s by Hollywood-Vassarette, a division of Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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Chauchat Machine Gun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/chauchat-machine-gun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/chauchat-machine-gun/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17926

A French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that hold twenty rounds in line. The buttstock, scales for the pistol grip, and turned handle between the trigger and magazine are all walnut. Barrel housing has air-cooling perforations and the muzzle has a flash suppressor. Gun is mounted with a folding bipod that is painted olive drab; other metal parts are painted white. Left side of frame has two sling swivels. Rear of receiver and left side of frame are stamped “C.R.S.G. No. 148190″. From World War I.

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

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Motor Speedway Bond http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/motor-speedway-bond/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/motor-speedway-bond/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17922

A gold bond for $10.00 issued by Twin City Motor Speedway Company in 1915.

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

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Arrowhead Milk http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/arrowhead-milk/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/arrowhead-milk/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17919

An Arrowhead brand milk carton made by Franklin Foods, Inc. of Duluth, Minnesota, circa 2000.

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

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Money Shredder http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/money-shredder/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/money-shredder/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17890

A photograph of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis employees shredding old and out of date money on October 4, 1954.

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

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

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Kicks Halter Top http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/kicks-halter-top/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/kicks-halter-top/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17887

An orange Minnesota Kicks soccer team halter-top from the late 1970s. The Kicks professional soccer team played in Minnesota from 1976 to 1981.

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

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Alexander Ramsey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/alexander-ramsey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/alexander-ramsey/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17884

A Civil War era tintype photograph of Alexander Ramsey (front left) seated with Major Baxter (front right), Lt. Benjamin F. Butler (back left), William B. McGrorty (back center), and an unidentified man (back right). 1863
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World War I Daybook Update! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-daybook-update/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-daybook-update/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:08:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17904 Hello! My name is Lisa Matson and I have been working as the World War I Daybook Research Assistant Intern this fall. I graduated in May from St. Olaf College with a History major and a Women’s and Gender Studies concentration. Over the last few months I have been continuing the research started by the first two World War I Daybook interns, Molly and Mary. I spent most of my time during the internship in the Gale Family Library reading through manuscript collections. These collections were largely in the form of letters, journals, and other accounts of the war written by men in military service, or men and women serving overseas with other organizations such as the Red Cross and YMCA. There were also a few collections relating to the role of Minnesotans at home during the war. Many of the manuscript collections that I researched will be included in the World War I Daybook blog.

One interesting source that I researched consisted of letters written by Willard W. Bixby, a Minnesota man who worked as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy beginning in June 1918. Bixby’s work driving ambulances as a Red Cross volunteer involved moving injured soldiers between hospitals and working on the front lines removing injured soldiers from the battlefields to hospitals where they would be treated. Bixby’s letters to his family describe Italy and his life as an ambulance driver. These letters provide an interesting and unique insight into the war as Bixby served in Italy, while most of the other collections I researched were written by people serving in France, and he was the only ambulance driver in the manuscript collection that I encountered.

In a letter from June 16, 1918, Bixby describes driving an ambulance in the midst of an attack that started the day before and (as he states in later letters) lasted for eight days. It was written from “somewhere on the Piave” in Italy. Here is a selection from Bixby’s letter:

“The anticipated attack started yesterday morning about 1 A.M. I have been on the go every minute and have had about 6 hrs. sleep in the last 48. I am well and safe but have certainly seen the thick of it. . . . I have a machine now so we all have to be on duty as it is a night and day affair. . . . I can see shrapnel bursting from my window and believe me it is not the most pleasant of sounds.”

In later letters, Bixby describes his work throughout the following months and his role in the “grand advance” at the end of the war. See more posts about Willard W. Bixby’s life as a Red Cross ambulance driver in the World War I Daybook blog!

These are two types of ambulances driven by the Red Cross ambulance men. This photo is captioned, “The Fiats carry twice as many wounded as do the Fords. The contrast in size is plainly to be seen here.”

Citation: Willard W. Bixby and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [A/.B624]

Don’t forget to check out the World War I Daybook when the blog launches in April 2017 and keep up to date with the research process blog posts until then!

Lisa Matson, World War I Daybook Intern

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Nemadji Pottery Mug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/nemadji-pottery-mug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/nemadji-pottery-mug/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17880

A Nemadji pottery mug from the “Forest Impressions” line. This one shows a silver maple leaf in black. Nemadji Pottery opened in Northern Minnesota in 1923 and closed in 2002. This mug is from the 1980s or 90s.

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

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Marching Band Paddle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/marching-band-paddle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/marching-band-paddle/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17877

A wooden paddle used in the ceremonial hazing of freshman members of the University of Minnesota Marching Band, circa 1947.

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

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“You’re a Saint or you ain’t!” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/%e2%80%9cyou%e2%80%99re-a-saint-or-you-ain%e2%80%99t%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/%e2%80%9cyou%e2%80%99re-a-saint-or-you-ain%e2%80%99t%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:27:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17893

Although ice hockey has been played in Minnesota at the amateur and scholastic level since the 1890s, Minnesotans had to wait until 1967 for its first professional team, the North Stars, to emerge from a National Hockey League expansion.  In 1971 the World Hockey Association was formed to compete with the NHL and Minnesota garnered a second professional team, the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Based in Saint Paul, the Fighting Saints were actually two distinct teams.  The first squad, which rallied fans with the catchphrase “You’re a Saint or you ain’t!” played four seasons beginning in 1972 and boasted a winning record of 30-25-4 before folding in 1976.  The Saints’ second incarnation came in 1976 when the WHA’s Cleveland Crusaders moved to Saint Paul.   The “New Fighting Saints”, as they were sometimes known, also fared well on the ice and had a winning record (19-18-5) through their first 42 contests.  Yet despite their success and a devoted following the Saints could not compete financially with the North Stars, which benefited from a favorable television contract.  Unable to secure a buyer, owner Nick Mileti was forced to fold the franchise on January 20, 1977.

Among the Saints’ star players was Canadian-born Dave Keon, who used this stick during the 1976-77 season.  Keon spent 15 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before joining the WHA, where he also played with the Indianapolis Racers and the New England Whalers. One of the greatest two-way centers in professional hockey, Keon scored 498 career goals and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Adam Scher, Senior Curator

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Truman, Humphrey and Freeman http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/truman-humphrey-and-freeman/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/truman-humphrey-and-freeman/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17874

Former President Truman visits with Governor Freeman and Senator Humphrey during a January 15, 1956 visit to Minnesota.

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.

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

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Wool Cap http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/wool-cap/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/wool-cap/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17871

A man’s grey wool newsboy style cap with ear warmer flaps that fold up into the cap. Made by Standard Clothing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, ca. 1930.

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

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What is that? A pleating iron! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/what-is-that-a-pleating-iron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/what-is-that-a-pleating-iron/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17868

A pleating iron made in Geneva, Illinois in the 1860s. Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.

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

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3-M Hourglass http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/3-m-hourglass/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/3-m-hourglass/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17865

Hourglass, box, information card and information sheet commemorating the centennial of 3M in 2002. The card reads in part, “This unique, commemorative hourglass contains finely ground rock mined from 3M’s original Crystal Bay site. 3M was founded to mine this mineral which was believed to be corundum – but is actually a rock known as anorthosite.”

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

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Glass Dish http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/glass-dish/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/glass-dish/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17862

Transparent green glass dish created by Michael Tonder of Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1996. The dish is assembled from many small pieces of recycled glass fused together and sand blasted.

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

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Diorama http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/diorama/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/diorama/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17834

A photograph of a man working on one of the large dioramas at the Bell Museum of Natural History, September 22, 1955.

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.

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

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U of M ID Card http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/u-of-m-id-card/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/u-of-m-id-card/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 06:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17831

A WWII era ID card for Marjorie Cox from the University of Minnesota.

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

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World War I Artifacts Digitized http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-artifacts-digitized/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-artifacts-digitized/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:54:29 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17837 For the past several years the Minnesota Historical Society’s staff have been digitizing our World War I related artifacts. This collection comprises approximately 1,800 objects including United States military uniforms, equipment and supplies, as well as foreign military items (most of which were brought home as souvenirs), trench art, Red Cross materials, and more. The project was undertaken in anticipation of the centennial of the Great War and two major World War I programs planned for spring of 2017: an exhibit focusing on the home front currently in development; and the World War I daybook blog launching in April, 2017.

With the digitization project now complete, all World War I artifacts in the MNHS Collection are available to view on the Collections Online database. Here are some highlights from this incredible collection:

Victory medal awarded to Tela B. Burt, an African-American from Minneapolis who served as a supply sergeant with the 809th Regiment of Pioneer Infantry in France, circa 1919. After the war ended, Burt returned to the Minneapolis and had a career with the post office, played music for several dance bands, and eventually became one of the first African Americans in the Twin Cities area to enter the real estate field.

A length of barbed wire from Verdun, France, found by Miss Frances Rogers of Minnesota, who was part of the American Fund for French Wounded.

German military field telephone inside oak case, circa 1915.

A United States Army Model 1917 steel helmet. This classic World War I “doughboy” helmet was worn by Private Clarence Ervin Ohmann of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

A ditty box owned by United States Navy Seaman Edward R. Stensrud of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It contained souvenirs relating to Stensrud’s WWI service, including postcards, German and Swedish matchboxes and an address book. Railway tags have been pasted on each end of the box.

Coat for an American Red Cross overseas uniform, worn by Margaret MacLaren of Saint Paul, Minnesota, while serving in France circa 1918.

British military issue gas mask and cloth case, circa. There were many types of gas masks used during the war, and this is known as a Small Box Respirator.

French Croix de Guerre medal awarded to Minnesotan John Bowe. When the war began Bowe was the mayor of Canby, Minnesota. He abandoned his position and went to Canada to join the military, where he was rejected due to age. He then went to England and tried to enlist, but was informed he would have to renounce his United States’ citizenship. He then went to France where he joined the French Foreign Legion in 1915.

Minnesota service flag created for the Victory Liberty Loan Campaign in April, 1919. The approximately 1,200 gold stars represent the servicemen from Minnesota who died during the war. It is 18 feet high, and 28 feet long.

Stephanie Olson, Collections Assistant

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Snowy Farm http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/snowy-farm/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/snowy-farm/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17828

A color woodcut on paper “Untitled [Farmstead in the Snow]” made by Elmer Young in 1944.

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

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Star Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/star-quilt-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/star-quilt-2/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17825

An eight-pointed star quilt. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted, made by Susan Messervy Foster in Dennysville, Washington County, Maine, 1832.

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

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Quilled Moccasins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/quilled-moccasins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/quilled-moccasins/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17821

A pair of quilled leather men’s shoes, likely Lakota in origin, circa 1880 to 1900. The shoes are quilled in a series of rows using the two-thread, one-quill crossed sewing technique that is unique to the northern Plains. The soles of the moccasins are also fully quilled with the pattern of a cross at the toe, an elk or deer track at the ball, and a pipe at the heel.

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

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Icy Windshield http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/icy-windshield/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/icy-windshield/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17817

A photograph of a man scraping the ice off his windshield on January 24, 1950.

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

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

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US Army Wings http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/us-army-wings/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/us-army-wings/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17814

United States Army aviator’s non-regulation “wings” badge (.1) in box (.2). The wings are hand-made of cast silver with a pin fastener on the back, which is stamped “STERLING / WING”. The box exterior is black leather, with black velvet interior. Worn by Major Harold Melville Clark of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for whom Clark Field in Panama is named. Circa 1918.

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

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Prairie Coteau http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/prairie-coteau/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/prairie-coteau/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17811

A color photograph of prairie plants, one of six, made by Minnesota photographer Linda Gammell in 1998.

For more information on this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Headwaters Signpost http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/headwaters-signpost/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/headwaters-signpost/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:13:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17807

A monument formerly located in Itasca State Park, marking the origin of the Mississippi River at the outlet of Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The monument consists of a partial tree trunk with a flat rectangular surface cut out on one side. Carved into the flat surface, and painted brilliant orange yellow, is: “HERE 1475 FT / ABOVE / THE OCEAN / THE MIGHTY / MISSISSIPPI / BEGINS / TO FLOW / ON ITS / WINDING WAY / 2552 MILES / TO THE / GULF / OF MEXICO.” Circa 1975-1988.

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

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Sanborn Holster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sanborn-holster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sanborn-holster/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:12:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17804

Tooled leather open top revolver holster used by John B. Sanborn. Sanborn was a member of the Congressional-appointed Indian Peace Commission and served in both the Minnesota State House and the Senate. Probably from the 1870s.

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

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Christmas Party http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/christmas-party/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/christmas-party/#comments Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17781

A photograph of the staff Christmas party at Duluth Brewing and Malting Company on December 20, 1947.

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Tonka Truck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/tonka-truck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/tonka-truck/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17778

A toy truck manufactured by Tonka Toys of Mound, Minnesota during the 1950s. Pickup truck with a removable camper topper, known as the ‘Sportsman’ model.

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

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Robert St. Bridge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/robert-st-bridge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/robert-st-bridge/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17775

A watercolor on paper showing the Robert Street bridge and railroad tracks. Made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

For more information on this item, view this painting in our collections database.

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Metrodome Home Plate http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/metrodome-home-plate/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/metrodome-home-plate/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17772

The last home plate used for baseball games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before the stadium’s demolition. The plate was used during amateur and youth baseball games between 2010 and 2013. The professional baseball franchise, the Minnesota Twins, left the “Dome” for their new home at Target Field in 2010 and took their final home plate to the new ballpark.

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

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Ojibwe Beaded Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/ojibwe-beaded-bag-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/ojibwe-beaded-bag-2/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17768

An Ojibwe beaded purse with floral design. Dated to the early 20th century.

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

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100th Anniversary of the Nonpartisan League! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/100th-anniversary-of-the-nonpartisan-league/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/100th-anniversary-of-the-nonpartisan-league/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:46:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17786 This year, 2015, is the centenary of the foundation of the Nonpartisan League (NPL). The NPL was founded in the American Midwest and arose out of the cooperative movement popular here. It was a farmer-based movement offering an alternate vision of capitalism, one in which the state would compete with the monopolies that were exploiting the small producers.

The NPL practically invented grass roots organizing, and would support candidates from either party who supported its platform (hence “nonpartisan”). The League advocated for economic reforms to help farmers who were being exploited by business interests, such as grain elevators, stockyards, and other middlemen. “We’ll stick” was the group’s rallying cry, as seen on the pennant below.

The NPL was in operation in 13 states as well as Canada, but it met with its greatest success in North Dakota and Minnesota. This is an image of Minnesota members in 1917.

Pamphlets and newspapers played a hugely important role in the development of the movement, leading to corresponding anti-NPL pamphlets. While not as immediate as our instant commentaries of today, these pamphlets were a quick way to make arguments heard. The rise of the NPL was also one of the earliest political movements to be heavily photographed; seen here are members with The Nonpartisan Leader.

World War I brought about suspicions of the potentially socialist nature of the NPL, which was followed by prosperity in the 1920s for farmers. These two occurrences took away much of the need for the NPL. It eventually developed into the Farmer-Labor party in Minnesota, which later merged with the Democrats. The Democratic Party in Minnesota is still known as the DFL.

Learn more at the Minnesota Historical Society Research Guides and MNopedia!

Come see NPL materials on display in the Library Lobby, on view until mid-January!

Lori Williamson, Acquisitions & Outreach Coordinator

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Status Board http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/status-board/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/status-board/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17765

A photograph showing the status board inside the Naval Air Base at Wold-Chamberlain Field on March 28, 1956.

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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B-24 Bomber http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/b-24-bomber/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/b-24-bomber/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17762

A photograph of women working on a B-24 “Liberator” bomber in May, 1944.

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

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

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Texan Crash http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/texan-crash/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/texan-crash/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17759

A scene of a AT-6 “Texan” training fighter plane crash somewhere in Minnesota on June 16, 1944.

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

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

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St. Paul Shooting Star http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/st-paul-shooting-star/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/st-paul-shooting-star/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17756

Miss St. Paul christens her namesake Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star on August 17, 1954.

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

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

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Control Tower http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/control-tower/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/control-tower/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17753

A view from the tower at Wold-Chamberlain field on May 20, 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.

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

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Sleigh Parking http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sleigh-parking/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sleigh-parking/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17750

A man ties up his horse and sleigh on a downtown Minneapolis street on December 24, 1937.

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

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

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Matchbox http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/matchbox/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/matchbox/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:01:24 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17747

A brass matchbox holder depicting the applied insignia of Imperial Germany including the inscription “GOTT MIT UNS” (God with us). This military souvenir was collected by a Sergeant with the 45th Engineers while serving in France during World War I.

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Ojibwe Family http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/ojibwe-family/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/ojibwe-family/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17744

A photograph showing 5 members of an Ojibwe family in the early 1900s.

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General’s Spurs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/general%e2%80%99s-spurs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/general%e2%80%99s-spurs/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17741

A pair of United States Army spurs worn during the Civil War by General Charles Powell Adams of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Adams was mustered into service on April 30, 1861, and elected Captain of Company H. General Adams was wounded many times during the course of the war; at Bull Run, Antietam, Malvern Hill, and at Gettysburg, where he served as lieutenant colonel and was hit at least three times. Adams re-enlisted in Hatch’s Battalion of Independent Cavalry and was mustered out of service on June 5, 1866, and was given a promotion to brevet brigadier general for meritorious service.

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

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Apollo 11 Moon Rocks http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/apollo-11-moon-rocks/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/apollo-11-moon-rocks/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17738

Apollo 11 lunar sample display comprised of a wooden podium, acrylic plastic button containing five lunar soil samples and a silk or nylon Minnesota state flag which was transported to the Moon and back by the Apollo 11 crew in 1969.

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

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Lost Ball http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/lost-ball/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/lost-ball/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17730

A Minneapolis Lakers basketball player looses the ball during a December 11, 1952 game against Syracuse.

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.

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

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Dairy Queen Machine http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/dairy-queen-machine/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/dairy-queen-machine/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17727

A soft serve ice cream machine, Duke “A” Frame model. Manufactured by H.C. Duke and Son for McCollough’s Dairy Queen in Geneseo, Illinois, circa 1937.

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

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Winter Carnival Hat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/winter-carnival-hat-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/winter-carnival-hat-2/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2015 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17723

A Saint Paul Winter Carnival Prime Minister uniform hat used in 1966. The Prime Minister of the Winter Carnival served as coordinator and planner for the festivities. This cylindrical hat is made of navy blue Borgana faux fur and is lined with polyester and a leather headband. An embroidered pin decorated with thread, wire and beads adorns the front of the hat.

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

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Bresnahan Teapot http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/bresnahan-teapot/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/bresnahan-teapot/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17720

A flat Tanegashima teapot (A) with lid (B) and silicon dioxide stone feet and lid handle made by Minnesota artist Richard Bresnahan in 1989. Handle made by Minnesota artist Paul Krueger.

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

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Dakota Moccasins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dakota-moccasins-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dakota-moccasins-2/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17717

A pair of Dakota sinew sewn leather moccasins with rawhide sole, circa 1880. They are decorated with glass seed beads in geometric motif in white, green, red, and blues.

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

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Turkey Parade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/turkey-parade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/turkey-parade/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17714

A view of Gateway Days in Worthington, MN and a turkey parade, September 24, 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.

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

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Turkey Bookends http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/turkey-bookends/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/turkey-bookends/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17711

A pair of carved turkey bookends made by an anonymous WPA artist, circa 1935-43.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Embroidered Checkbook Cover http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/embroidered-checkbook-cover/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/embroidered-checkbook-cover/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17708

An embroidered folded checkbook cover with zippered pocket made by Thu Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1989.

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

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Sky Blue Waters Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/sky-blue-waters-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/sky-blue-waters-quilt/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17705

A Minnesota themed Baltimore Album style quilt made in 2003. The blocks represent Minnesota events, ethnic groups and icons, as well as flora and fauna representative of the state.

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

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Beaver Bay http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/beaver-bay/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/beaver-bay/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17702

An oil on canvas painting showing Beaver Bay on Lake Superior. Made by Elof Wedin in 1935.

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

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Ford Plant http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/ford-plant/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/ford-plant/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17699

A view of the Ford assembly line in St. Paul putting together the 1955 Ford Fairlane (?).

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.

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

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Toy Tank http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/toy-tank/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/toy-tank/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 06:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17696

A model of an amphibious tank made of light-weight metal, possibly tin cans, and painted olive drab. The inscription reads “Made in 72 Camp”, and it features a 12-pointed star in white with red circle. Made around 1918.

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

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Trench Knife http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/trench-knife/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/trench-knife/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17693

A United States Army Model 1918 trench knife features a brass knuckle handle with individual finger loops and a double-edged dagger blade. Knives like this were used during World War I for close fighting in trenches.

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

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Cherokee Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/cherokee-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/cherokee-coat/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17690

A tanned deerskin coat, Cherokee, circa the mid-19th century. At the lower back is a tree, entwined with vines, in which two Eastern bluebirds and two Baltimore orioles are perched. In the center upper section of the cape is a bald eagle and on each sleeve above the cuff is a turkey. Embroidered over the decorative hem bands are: “J. M. Payne / Nancy Riley / 1854 / Polly Weber / Cherokee”.

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

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Northwest Orient Menu http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/northwest-orient-menu/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/northwest-orient-menu/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17666

A folded menu with detachable postcard, from Northwest Orient Airlines. On the interior left is a postcard layout and box for stamp, with a menu tacked over it. The right side has a printed history of Northwest Orient Airlines and information about their 50th anniversary. Card is perforated at the fold and the front can be detached and used as a postcard. Circa 1976.

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

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Civil Defense Truck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/civil-defense-truck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/civil-defense-truck/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17672

A photograph of three guys inventorying their new Civil Defense Rescue Service truck in Minneapolis on February 16, 1953.

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.

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

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A Pair of Candelabra http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/a-pair-of-candelabra/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/a-pair-of-candelabra/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17669

A pair of white metal candlesticks. Made at the Miller Vocational High School and Technical Institute in Minneapolis. Probably made in the 1950s or 60s.

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

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Armistice Day Blizzard – 75 Years Ago! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/armistice-day-blizzard-75-years-ago/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/armistice-day-blizzard-75-years-ago/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:01:25 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17676 On November 11, 1940, one of the largest, most destructive blizzards on record hit Minnesota. It stranded hunters on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and 145 deaths were blamed on the storm across the Upper Midwest. Today’s Item of the Day are a few memorable images from that event.

Be sure to check out our Armistice Day Blizzard video too!

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Dorothy Hill Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dorothy-hill-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dorothy-hill-dress/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17663

A dinner dress of ashes of roses silk taffeta and white tulle, embellished with ribbons of lace bows, cording, gauging, ruching and silver threads. Designed by Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile, Ltd). The designer named her dresses each season. This dress was named “Happiness” and was designed in fall of 1916. It was owned by Dorothy Hill, daughter-in-law of James J. Hill.

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

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Minnesota Arms Shotgun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/minnesota-arms-shotgun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/minnesota-arms-shotgun/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17660

A single barrel shotgun manufactured for the Minnesota Arms Co. The gun was probably made by Crescent Fire Arms Co. of Norwich, Connecticut, which manufactured firearms for retailers and distributors under private labels. The break-action shotgun has an exposed hammer, a walnut two-piece pistol grip stock, a black hard rubber butt plate, and a bead foresight. Probably made in the 1920s.

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Andersen Windows and Doors Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/andersen-windows-and-doors-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/andersen-windows-and-doors-sign/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17647

A metal sign advertising Andersen Windows and Doors. Manufactured by Budget Sign of St. Paul, Minnesota in 2005.

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Mikan’s House http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/mikan%e2%80%99s-house/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/mikan%e2%80%99s-house/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17650

Professional basketball player George Mikan giving a Star Tribune photographer a tour of his house in Hopkins, Minnesota on January 31, 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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Porfirio Diaz Park http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/porfirio-diaz-park/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/porfirio-diaz-park/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17644

A print depicting Porfirio Diaz Park in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Made in 1915 by Minnesota artist Cadwallader L. Washburn (not to be confused with the Cadwallader C. Washburn who helped found General Mills).

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Dan Patch Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dan-patch-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/dan-patch-trophy/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17641

A sterling silver trophy won by Dan Patch, a pacing harness horse from Minnesota that set multiple world speed records that would not be matched until 1938. The inscription on the three-handled cup reads “Presented by / Memphis Trotting Association / FOR WORLDS RECORD / TO HARNESS PACING / WON BY / Dan Patch / Owned by M. W. Savage / Driven by H. S. Herbey / TIME 1:56 Oct. 26-1904.” The trophy was made by the Gorham Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Plains Beaded Pipe Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/plains-beaded-pipe-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/11/plains-beaded-pipe-bag/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17638

A Plains beaded pipe bag circa the late 19th century. Narrow bands of beadwork decorate the top and side edges. A wider band of geometric pattern beadwork is sewn to the bottom of either side of the pouch, and uses pink, black, orange, red, yellow, green and blue glass seed beads. A quill wrapped thong tied in a bow is attached to the top of the pouch and terminates in a gray metal cone with traces of a gold metallic finish, stuffed with dyed orange feathers at the larger end. Circa 1880.

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Tractor Factory http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/tractor-factory/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/tractor-factory/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17635

A view of the Minneapolis-Moline tractor factory on Lake Street in Minneapolis on December 22, 1954.

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

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Lineup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/lineup-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/lineup-2/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17632

Seven men in a Minneapolis police line-up on February 9, 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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Dalmatian Riding Along http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/dalmatian-riding-along/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/dalmatian-riding-along/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17629

A Dalmatian rides along with the Minneapolis Fire Department on December 1, 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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Paul Giel on the Run http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/paul-giel-on-the-run/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/paul-giel-on-the-run/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17626

All-American tailback Paul Giel running the ball during a University of Minnesota football game against Michigan on October 24, 1953. Minnesota beat Michigan 22-0. Giel was a multi-sport athlete and played 5 seasons of Major League Baseball as a pitcher.

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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Painting up the Stairs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/painting-up-the-stairs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/painting-up-the-stairs/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17623

A painting by Albert Bierstadt titled “The Last Buffalo” is hauled up the stairs of the Walker Art Center to be installed in the Westward the Way show on January 13, 1955.

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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Liberace http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/liberace/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/liberace/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17608

A newspaper photograph of Liberace signing autographs during an October 23, 1953 visit to Minnesota.

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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Stoneware Jug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/stoneware-jug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/stoneware-jug/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17605

A stoneware jar (A) and lid (B) made by Richard Abnet of Stillwater, MN in the 1970s.

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Beer Faucet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/beer-faucet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/beer-faucet/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17602

A beer faucet patented, manufactured, and sold by the Cornelius Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The faucet, patented in 1942, was the invention of company founder Richard T. Cornelius. His patent cites the novelty of a simple faucet constructed with screw machine parts that allows for easy dispensing of liquids. It has a chrome-plated spout with black-handled lever for operating the faucet.

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St. Louis Collection of American Indian Cultural Material http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/st-louis-collection-of-american-indian-cultural-material/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/st-louis-collection-of-american-indian-cultural-material/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:52:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17613
Recently published online is a large donation from an anonymous donor from St. Louis, Missouri. The collection consists of American Indian cultural material from Minnesota and local regions. Encompassing 258 objects, the collection contains bandolier bags, moccasins, pipe bags and various ceremonial objects.

The majority of the collection was amassed by Alfred “Gafe” Peterson of Cass Lake, MN starting circa 1920 until the donor bought the collection from Gafe in 1974. Some objects are dated to the early 19th century. Unfortunately, the collection did not come with much information regarding its items.

However, one of the bandolier bags and a beaded shirt does have documented history. John Smith, Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence, also known as the Oldest Living Ojibwe, is seen in multiple photographs wearing the beaded shirt and bandolier bag: in the portrait seen here he is wearing the shirt pictured below. Smith was thought to have lived into his 130s, with many people in the Cass Lake area familiar with him. We have many photographs of Smith wearing traditional Ojibwe beadwork and having the actual objects are a great addition to the collection.

See more pieces from this wonderful collection in Collections Online.

Rita Walaszek, Collections Assistant

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G.A.R. Flag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/g-a-r-flag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/g-a-r-flag/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17599

A Civil War era G.A.R. flag. Made of silk with 38 stars, crossed cannons and a G.A.R. medal.

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Music Award http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/music-award/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/music-award/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17596

A Minnesota Black Music Award trophy presented to Prince (at that time, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince), in 1997. It made from a sheet of clear acrylic with text and design etched on back, set in wooden base.

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Streetcars http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/streetcars/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/streetcars/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17593

A view of a rail yard full of TCRT streetcars after they were retired in 1953. Some would be scrapped and some were sold to Mexico City, Newark and Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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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Lucy Doll http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/lucy-doll/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/lucy-doll/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17589

A vinyl Lucy “The World’s No. 1 Fuss Budget” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

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Chinese Restaurant Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/chinese-restaurant-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/chinese-restaurant-sign/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17586

An ornate sign with three black Chinese characters in relief surrounded by carved gilded designs of birds, flowers, etc. on a gilded ground. The characters translate as “YUEN FAUNG LO” or “The Cafe of Many Different Vistas”. The sign was carved in Canton, China, and hung in John’s Place, one of the first Chinese restaurants in Minneapolis. Circa 1914.

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Musicians http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/musicians/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/musicians/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17583

A late 1970’s color photograph made by Minneapolis photographer Charles Chamblis showing local musicians George Neal – Far Left. Maurice McKinnies – Front (Blue). Wilbur Cole – Center (Hat) – 3rd left. Thedro Soluki, 2nd from right.

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Soul Asylum Guitar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/soul-asylum-guitar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/soul-asylum-guitar/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17580

A Gibson Les Paul gold-top six-string electric guitar (.A) with black nylon strap (.B), housed in a steel-reinforced transport case (.C). Guitar was purchased by Dan Murphy at Benedict’s Music Store on Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis circa 1985 and was used in recording and performances until 2012 when Murphy left Soul Asylum.

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Fiberglass Boat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/fiberglass-boat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/fiberglass-boat/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17574
A view inside the Nor-Craft fiberglass boat factory on January 21, 1955. A year later in February 1956, the factory burned to the ground.

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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Gas Mask http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/gas-mask-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/gas-mask-2/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17571

A gas mask worn during protests of the 2008 Republican National Convention, held in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center.

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George Northrup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/george-northrup/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/george-northrup/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17568

An 1858 daguerreotype portrait of George W. Northrup posing with his gold mining equipment. Northrup was famous in Minnesota for his frontiersman exploits.

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Bow Tying Machine http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/bow-tying-machine/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/bow-tying-machine/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17565

An S-10 Magic Bow Tyer machine composed of green metal casing with crank-operated spindles, rotating ribbon reel and feed mechanism for tying gift bows. Original packing box and two sets of instructions included. Manufactured by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M) in the 1950’s.

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Football Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/football-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/football-button/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17561

A “North Hi” football team button from the 1940s-1950s.

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Stratocruiser http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/stratocruiser/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/stratocruiser/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17551

A photograph of a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and its ground crew posing at Wold-Chamberlain field on September 17, 1953.

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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Space Suit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/space-suit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/10/space-suit/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17548

A space suit jacket worn by astronaut George ‘Pinky’ Nelson between 1983 and 1988. Nelson, of Willmar, Minnesota, was a veteran of three space flights, serving aboard STS-41-C (Challenger), STS-61C (Columbia) and STS-26 (Discovery). He wore this suit aboard STS-26 Discovery in September, 1988, which was the first mission flown after the Challenger disaster in January, 1986. The jacket features velcro patches including “NASA”, a United States flag, a name tag that reads “G. NELSON”, and a mission logo that includes the names of the astronauts aboard STS-26: “LOUNGE HILLMERS NELSON / HAUCK COVEY”. The jacket has an interior label with the text “CONTRACT NO NASA-16589 / ILC SPACE SYSTEMS”.

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Breakfast in Minnesota! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/breakfast-in-minnesota/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/breakfast-in-minnesota/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:07:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17556 The Huffington Post has once again posted our submission on one of the Collections Department’s favorite topics – breakfast!

Take a look and enjoy!

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Still http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/still/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/still/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17545

A prohibition era photograph of a still being dismantled in St. Paul, circa 1922.

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Rookwood Bookends http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/rookwood-bookends/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/09/rookwood-bookends/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17542

A pair of molded earthenware Rookwood bookends with matte infantry blue glaze. Manufactured by Rookwood Potteries, Cincinnati, OH in 1922.

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