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, 29 Jul 2016 05:01:17 +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 2,000,000th Ford http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/2000000th-ford/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/2000000th-ford/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18513

A photograph celebrating the 2,000,000th Ford made in Minnesota on October 6, 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.

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

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“Acquire” Board Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/%e2%80%9cacquire%e2%80%9d-board-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/%e2%80%9cacquire%e2%80%9d-board-game/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18510

Board game “ACQUIRE” labeled “HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE / WORLD OF HIGH FINANCE”. The game was made by 3M Company as part of the bookshelf game series the company published from 1962 to 1974. The object of this strategy game is to acquire the greatest wealth. The game is enclosed in a slipcase designed to look like a bound book and stands upright on a shelf for storage. Components include a game board and corresponding hotel tiles, lettered plastic chain markers, stock certificates, information cards, and paper money. This edition is copyrighted 1968.

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

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Flour Bag Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flour-bag-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flour-bag-dress/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18507

A large cloth flapper-style sack dress made out of a 100 lb Pillsbury’s XXXX Patent Flour bag. Probably made in the 1940s.

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

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World Series Banner http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/world-series-banner/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/world-series-banner/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18504

A large hand-made pennant banner made of black and red felt. The pennant reads “Racists” above an image of a tomahawk. The banner was made by Joe D. Horse Capture and Lisa Ranallo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the presence of the Atlanta Braves baseball team’s name and their fans’ “tomahawk chop” at the 1991 World Series, held in Minneapolis.

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

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Wellstone Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/wellstone-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/wellstone-sign/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18501

A campaign sign for Democratic candidate Paul Wellstone, who ran for United States Senate against Republican candidate Norman Coleman, 2002.

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

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Remembering “The Dome” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/remembering-%e2%80%9cthe-dome%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/remembering-%e2%80%9cthe-dome%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:44:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18516

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, 1982.

With US Bank Stadium opening its doors for a public open house July 23-24 we reflect on its predecessor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Construction began December 20, 1979 but the Dome, just like most publicly funded stadiums, faced opposition. A statewide coalition known as Minnesotans Against the Downtown Dome (MADD — the clever acronym was not associated with Mothers Against Drunk Driving until after that organization was founded in 1980) opposed to legislation that would enable the construction of a domed stadium. In the late 1970s buttons like this were distributed by MADD:

Anti-Metrodome Button <1994.95.20>

In the end voters approved funding and brought professional sports back to Minneapolis in 1982, more than twenty years after the last professional team (the Minneapolis Lakers) left the city. For over thirty years the Metrodome served its purpose in its utilitarian way, though like most multipurpose stadiums the Dome was not particularly ideal for baseball, football, or hearing anything. And occasionally the roof deflated.

The 1980s were a rough decade for the Dome, which became a bowl four times due to extreme weather conditions that deflated or created tears in the 10 acres of roof fabric. This Teflon and fiberglass fabric sample is from the roof that suffered a catastrophic collapse in December 2010 and was completely replaced:

Metrodome roof sample <2014.43.3>

In spite of its problems, the Metrodome was the only venue to host an All-Star Game (1985), two World Series (1987 & 1991), a Super Bowl (1992), a NFC Championship (1998-99), and two Final Fours (1992 & 2001). With more recent trends back toward single sport venues, it is unlikely that the Dome’s record will be challenged anytime soon. Here are a few souvenirs from some notable events:

1985 All-Star Game bumper sticker <1991.267.1>

1989 Minnesota Timberwolves ticket <1991.139.187>

1992 NCAA Final Four button

1992 Super Bowl XXVI ticket <1993.139.3>

When the Dome closed in 2013 the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) generously donated a selection of items used at the stadium to the Minnesota Historical Society, including a pair of seats. But seats at the Dome were mounted vertically to cement and shared armrests. In order to have a more complete packages, and because the Dome was still operating when MSFA made the initial donation, the seats acquired by the Society are assembled from used spare seat parts. Our Senior Objects Conservator, Tom Braun, created the wooden mount that makes for easy and safe display and handling by museum staff.

Pair of Metrodome row seats <2013.159.1>

Be sure to see the Metrodome seats alongside a folding chair from Metropolitan Stadium and a brand new pair of seats borrowed from US Bank Stadium during the upcoming exhibit “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” on view September 24, 2016 – January 15, 2017 at the Minnesota History Center. And don’t miss the History Flirt event on October 4, 2016, when we’ll be hosting a live “Puppy Bowl”!

–Sondra Reierson, Associate Curator, 3D Objects

Learn more:

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Riot http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/riot/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/riot/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18498

A photograph of staff cleaning up the Stillwater Prison after an April 11, 1953 riot involving hundreds of inmates smashing windows and throwing books.

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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Tonka Tractor http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/tonka-tractor/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/tonka-tractor/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18495

A bright green steel toy farm tractor with black plastic details & black plastic tires hauling matching rectangular steel farm trailer with ‘Tonka’ decal, in original package with ‘Tonka Farm Tractor & Wagon/…’, model number 2710, by Tonka Toys, Spring Park, MN, 1985.

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

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Flight http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flight/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flight/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18492

A small bronze sculpture titled “Flight”, made by Minnesota artist Paul Granlund in 1980.

For more information about this item, view this sculpture in our collections database.

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Separator Blueprint http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/separator-blueprint/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/separator-blueprint/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18489

A blueline print of an Emerson cylinder separator manufactured by Twin City Separator Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1927.

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

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McKinley-Roosevelt Hat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/mckinley-roosevelt-hat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/mckinley-roosevelt-hat/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18486

A brown felt fedora given to Minneapolis Journal editor Herschel V. Jones by Vice Presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt in 1900 during Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west. The hat’s leather sweatband is stamped with “MCKINLEY” and “ROOSEVELT” encircled by laurel wreaths joined by a central banner reading “THE / NATION’S / CHOICE”. “THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL” and Roosevelt’s signature have been written on the crown of the hat in ink, while “ROOSEVELT TRIP 1900″ and a long list of tour stop locations have been written on the top of the hat’s brim. The underside of the brim was signed by other members of the tour press corps.

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

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Eisenhower in Town http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/eisenhower-in-town/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/eisenhower-in-town/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18480

A photograph of President Eisenhower arriving in Minnesota for the 1953 Jaycees Convention.

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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Ojibwe Beaded Mittens http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/ojibwe-beaded-mittens/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/ojibwe-beaded-mittens/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18452

A pair of Ojibwe leather mittens decorated with fringe and floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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

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People’s Press Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/people%e2%80%99s-press-bumper-sticker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/people%e2%80%99s-press-bumper-sticker/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18477

A rectangular bumper sticker produced by North Star People’s Press of Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the Co-op Wars, circa 1975. See this Wikipedia page for more information about the Co-Op wars.

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

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Lutefisk Bib http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/lutefisk-bib/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/lutefisk-bib/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18474

A paper bib with Norwegian text that translates to “Lutefisk lovers love tonight”. Probably from the 1990s.

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

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Lions Vest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/lions-vest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/lions-vest/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18471

A Lions Club vest with a range of patches collected by member Russell M. Corcoran. Corcoran, a deaf activist in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was a leader of the Saint Paul Metrodeaf Lions Club, the first deaf club in the organization’s history. The yellow vest has purple trim and two patch pockets. A variety of pins and patches have been attached to the vest, including ones that highlight Corcoran’s leadership in the Lions Club and participation in a range of other organizations, including the NRA and the American Athletic Association of the Deaf. 1960-1980.

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

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Baseball Awards http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/baseball-awards/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/baseball-awards/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18464

A photograph of Bob Wilson and Jack Cassini of the St. Paul Saints receiving awards before an August 30, 1952 baseball game.

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

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

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Punchbowl Set http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/punchbowl-set/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/punchbowl-set/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18461

A china punch bowl set hand-painted by Magdalene Sherin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1910-1919. Set consists of a punchbowl and five cups. All feature gold grape and leaf designs with opalescent interiors.

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

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Jarts http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/jarts/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/jarts/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18458

A “Jarts” lawn game in original box, circa 1970-1988. The sale of lawn darts was banned in the 1980s after thousands of injuries and 3 deaths (from 1970-1988).

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

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Mondale/Ferraro Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/mondaleferraro-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/mondaleferraro-button/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18455

A Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro presidential campaign button promoting the 4th Annual Democrat Bluegrass Family Picnic in 1984.

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

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4th of July Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/4th-of-july-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/4th-of-july-button/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18468

A button from the Fourth of July celebration in Red Wing, Minnesota, 1973.

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

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Cleaning at the Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/cleaning-at-the-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/cleaning-at-the-capitol/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18449

A photograph of two workmen cleaning the Governor’s Reception room and the painting “The Signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux” on November 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.

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

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Liquor Jug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/liquor-jug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/liquor-jug/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18446

A North Star Stoneware Company jug made in Red Wing, Minnesota, and used by George Benz and Sons Distillers of Saint Paul in the 1890s.

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

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Coffee Pot http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/coffee-pot/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/coffee-pot/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18443 A Sunbeam Coffeemaster Model 30A vacuum drip coffee pot from the 1950s with electric heating element. It consists of two bulbous chrome aluminum pots that may be joined together, the upper for grounds and hot water, the lower to receive the coffee.

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

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Minnesota Food http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/minnesota-food/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/minnesota-food/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18440

A paper “Minnesota Food Products” placemat collected by Margaret Horn of Minnesota, 1965.

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

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Zubaz http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/zubaz/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/zubaz/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18437

A pair of purple zebra-print pants featuring the Minnesota Vikings football team logo, made by Zubaz of Minnesota, 1990.

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

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Trashcan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/trashcan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/trashcan/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18434

A photograph of two Minneapolis boys inside a “Help Keep Your Parks Clean” trash can, on July 14, 1941.

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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Merchant Marine Medal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/merchant-marine-medal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/merchant-marine-medal/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18431

A United States Merchant Marine World War II Victory medal consists of a bronze disc showing a female figure holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, standing in a desert landscape. The reverse shows an anchor within a rope circle, around which is wound a ribbon marked “Firmitas”, “Adversaria” and “Superat”. Arranged in a circle around the edge is “United States Merchant Marine / 1941-1945″.

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

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Overtones Sleeve http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/overtones-sleeve/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/overtones-sleeve/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18428

An unused record cover for 45 rpm single “The Calhoun Surf” by The Overtones, published by Twin/Tone Records of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1980.

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

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Kielbasa Days Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/kielbasa-days-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/kielbasa-days-button/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18425

A Polska-Kielbasa Days button from Ivanhoe, Minnesota. Reads “POLSKA-KIELBASA – DAYS – / AUG. 10-11, 1973 / IVANHOE / MINNESOTA”. Image at center of charging jouster on horseback with lance in an oversized Polish sausage (Polska Kielbasa).

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

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Quillwork Breeches http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/quillwork-breeches/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/quillwork-breeches/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18422

A Lakota boy’s leather knee-length breeche, made on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, circa 1900. They are machine and hand stitched and are lined in white cotton. Quillwork on both sides of the outside leg includes motifs of a thunderbird, a star and flowers using dyed red, green, purple and white quills.

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

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Bookmobile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/bookmobile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/bookmobile/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18313

A photograph of a group of kids visiting the Minneapolis Public Library bookmobile in 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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Space-O http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/space-o/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/space-o/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18310

A “Space-O” card game for kids made by Arrco Playing Card Company, circa 1950s-60s. It is played by passing cards to the left until one player has a complete set.

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

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Josiah Keene http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/josiah-keene/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/josiah-keene/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18307

A small carte-de-visite of Josiah Keene, Company H, Second Minnesota Regiment. Keene came to Minnesota in 1852 and owned a sawmill in Mankato. After the war he was employed with the U. S. Treasury Department in Washington and then later moved to California.

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

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History is Now: Remembering Prince http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/history-is-now-remembering-prince-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/history-is-now-remembering-prince-2/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:53:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18394
The Minnesota Historical Society is seeking to document the tragic passing of Prince by placing a call for personal photos at memorials and celebrations dedicated to the talented musician and cultural icon.

Prince memorial at the Minnesota Historical Society, April 2016

First Avenue, April 23, 2016

Our goal is to collect 100 photographs to illustrate how Minnesotans celebrated and grieved after the news of his death, whether it was a purple flower beneath his First Avenue Star, attending an all-night dance party, or making the trek to Paisley Park.

Please consider sending us one digital image based on the criteria below. If your photo is selected, you will be sent an official donor form and your image will become part of the Minnesota Historical Society permanent photograph collection and included in our Collections Online database.

Specifics:

  • Please submit only one digital photo. File format must be JPEG or TIFF, with a preferred resolution between 300-600 pixels per inch.  The date and location of the image must also be included.
  • The image must have been taken between April 21, 2016-May 5, 2016.
  • You must submit contact information for follow up, and be willing to sign a donor agreement form that includes granting copyright to the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Please email the image to collections@mnhs.org with the subject line History is Now.
  • Images should be emailed no later than July 15, 2016.

The MNHS Curatorial Staff will select up to 100 images.  Thank you for your consideration!

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Hero Money http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/hero-money/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/hero-money/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18304

A package of play money with 24 bills of various denominations by Black Berry Graphics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992. Cellophane and paper package is printed with “REAL SENSE / PLAY MONEY FOR CHILDREN”. Inside are bills printed with portraits of African-American heroes, four bills each of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Elijah McCoy, Nat Love and W. E. B. Du Bois.

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

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Ingvald Smith Diary http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/ingvald-smith-diary/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/ingvald-smith-diary/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:34:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18316
My name is Matt Reicher, and I was the World War I Daybook Project Intern for the Spring 2016 semester. The majority of my time as an intern was spent in the MNHS Library working through the manuscript collections.

Reading the different manuscripts offered me the first-person perspective of events that is often lacking in historical literature. I found myself wrapped up in the life of the people involved, and hung on each of their words while their story took shape. Each story was unique, showing how different people handled the events unfolding around them while maintaining their sanity far away from their homes.

While I read many different types of documents in the library, the one item that stood out most was a diary written by former Glenwood resident Ingvald D. Smith. He was an American soldier who wrote notes documenting his service time in France almost daily. Titled “My Experience in the World War,” Smith’s narrative of events began in March of 1918 and continued through his honorable discharge from service on May 27, 1919. While it isn’t a day-by-day accounting, each of the diary’s 235 pages offered significant insight into the life of a soldier in war. Smith spared no detail, describing the seemingly mundane moments alongside events that unfolded while on the front lines of battle.

Two entries stood out in particular. First, on August 9, 1918, Smith’s sergeant came upon a makeshift gravesite that the group later discovered to be of US Private Herbert Holtke. Smith recognized the name, noting in an entry that Holtke was “one of the men in our group of four that volunteered for service and accompanied us on our trip to France.” Two entries mention Holtke, Smith’s first notation and the description of his gravesite. Though little else is revealed about Holtke and his death, it is a fascinating entry.

The second, written on October 2, 1918, found Smith describing how quickly the fighting could be upon them. “This evening while I was sitting beside a small fire making toast several enemy planes came over flying low, and with machine guns opened fire on the troops in the valley.” He noted after crawling out of a small fox hole that the four-hour barrage “was the worst thing that I have encountered yet.”

While Smith’s diary is captivating, the physical book itself is what I found most compelling. It is large, but pocket-sized and has a slight bend in it giving the impression that Smith carried it with him in his pocket during his time in France. Some of his notes, especially those during his early days in France, give the impression that they were written only moments after an event occurred.

The final few pages of Smith’s diary are a short synopsis of some of the events he took part in during the war. Smith notes his enlistment date, organizations he was attached to in France, as well as the five fronts he fought on – adding whether or not those battles were “offensive” or “defensive” engagements.

Look for Smith’s story, along with many others, when the World War I Daybook blog launches in April, 2017!!

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WCTU Penny http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/wctu-penny/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/wctu-penny/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18301

A medal celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. This official souvenir is called the “Jubilee Penny”. It has a profile of an American Indian on one side with the dates 1874 and 1924. The reverse has an inscription that reads, in part: “For God and Home and Every Land”.

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

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Freedom Train http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/freedom-train-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/freedom-train-2/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18294

A photograph of two youngsters looking at the original Bill of Rights on the “Freedom Train” during its May 4, 1948 visit to Minneapolis.

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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Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/bumper-sticker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/bumper-sticker/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18291

A bumper sticker reads “HATE IS NOT / A FAMILY VALUE” and notes that it was paid for by the Karen Clark Election Committee. It was produced during one of Karen Clark’s campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Clark, first elected in 1980, was the first openly lesbian member to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.

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

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Stained Glass Card http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/stained-glass-card-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/stained-glass-card-2/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18288

An Opalume Glass sample chart produced by the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company of Kokomo, Indiana. The chart has nine labeled, circular glass samples in one rectangular, paper-covered card, and was used at Gaytee Stained Glass Studios in Minneapolis Minnesota.

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

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Whiskey Bottle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/whiskey-bottle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/whiskey-bottle/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18283

An empty half-pint bottle of Sandell Brothers’ Old Monogram Pure Rye Whiskey, manufactured in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was found inside the wall of a home built in 1907 in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul.

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

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Compass Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/compass-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/compass-quilt/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18279

A mariner’s compass cotton pieced quilt top featuring 12 repeating blocks of compass pattern in red, tan, gold and faded tan on a white background. Red sashing and cone-shaped border in red and tan. Made by Katherine Hogan of Dawson, Minnesota, circa 1850.

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

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Around the world on a BMW http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/around-the-world-on-a-bmw/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/around-the-world-on-a-bmw/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18267

August Jentsch and Wolfram Hanning from Austria stop in Minneapolis on July 8, 1955. They’ve been riding around the world for 2 1/2 years, covering over 80,000 miles. Apparently they were the first people to cross Tierra del Fuego on a motor vehicle. They’re riding a BMW R75 military motorcycle.

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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Purple Rain buttons by Button Works http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/purple-rain-buttons-by-button-works/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/purple-rain-buttons-by-button-works/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:43:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18270

Since the untimely death of the Minnesota music legend, tributes and memorials have flowed from every corner of the globe. At the Minnesota History Center, the purple suit Prince wore in the 1984 film Purple Rain (filmed at First Avenue) was placed on public display the day his death was announced. Fans covered the wall with their memories of the artist. The suit will be on display in the History Center’s Gale Family Library until June 19, 2016, when it will be returned to storage for its continued preservation.

There is no shortage of local connections to the Purple One, and thanks to a recent acquisition, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) now has another to celebrate. In 1984, Neil Baker of Button Works, based in West Saint Paul, Minnesota, produced 400,000 buttons to promote Prince’s Purple Rain album and tour. The buttons came in ten unique designs copyrighted by Purple Films Co. and Warner Bros., Inc. Mr. Baker kept examples of a number of the designs and graciously donated one of each design he had left to MNHS. These seven buttons and an additional sheet of uncut button images are our first Prince-related addition to the Society’s collection since the artist’s death on April 21, 2016.

Sondra Reierson, Associate Curator for 3D Objects

Learn more:

  • See Prince’s Purple Rain suit and other items from our collections in the Gale Family Library through June 19 during regular Library hours. The costume will return to storage then; other Prince-related items will remain on display through July.
  • Why is the Purple Rain suit going back to storage? Textiles are particularly sensitive to light and the Purple Rain suit has been in high demand since its 1987 donation. MNHS must strike a balance between making it available to the public and preserving it for future generations. See more about how MNHS cares for its collection and how you can preserve your own items.
  • Related items in collection: Purple Rain button 1997.219.1 Circular pin-back button featuring the cover image from Prince’s Purple Rain album and film, copyrighted 1984 by Purple Films Co. & Warner Bros., Inc. This is another of the ten button designs produced by Button Works
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Football Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/football-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/football-game/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18264

An All-Star Vibrating Electric Football game board with goal posts, a magnetic ball, a spring kicker, 22 player figures, an instruction sheet, and original box. Manufactured by Gotham Pressed Steel Corporation, New York, circa 1950-1960.

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

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Puckett Card http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/puckett-card/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/06/puckett-card/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18261

A Fleer U-93 baseball card for rookie season of Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett. Front of card features color photographic image of Puckett kneeling and holding a baseball bat. Minnesota Twins logo depicted below the image. Back features Puckett’s vital statistics, performance statistics for 1982-1983 minor league seasons, and brief career biography.

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

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Lacrosse Stick http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/lacrosse-stick/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/lacrosse-stick/#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18258

One of two lacrosse sticks used by John Brown Stark, which were the first sticks used in Saint Paul. Lacrosse is a game of ball that originated among the North American Indians and is played with a long-handled rocket (crosse) with which the hard ball is caught, carried or thrown. Dated to the early to mid-20th century.

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

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BWCA Canoe http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bwca-canoe/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bwca-canoe/#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18255

A 17 foot fiberglass canoe made by Dagger which is covered with thousands of signatures of Minnesota citizens in black marker. It was signed in July 1996 and transported to Washington, DC to protest proposed legislation to increase use of motor vehicles on portages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park.

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

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X-Ray http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/x-ray/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/x-ray/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18252

A photograph of four women watching a body builder flex in front of an x-ray machine on May 27, 1947.

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

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

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Sunflowers http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/sunflowers/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/sunflowers/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18249

A tiny (5 inches x 3 inches) watercolor painting of sunflowers, made by Mac Le Sueur in 1986.

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

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Ford Plant Tile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/ford-plant-tile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/ford-plant-tile/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18246

A terracotta edge roof tile taken from the Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The plant, which built the Ford Ranger, Ford Model T, Galaxie, and LTD, closed in 2011 and has been demolished.

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

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Bean Feed Ticket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bean-feed-ticket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bean-feed-ticket/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18242

A ticket to the October 24, 1970 DFL Bean Feed in support of Hubert H. Humphrey and Wendell Anderson.

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

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Hamm’s Hat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/hamm%e2%80%99s-hat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/hamm%e2%80%99s-hat/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 05:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18239

A Hamm’s beer cap of green cotton twill used in the 1940s.

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

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Willie Mays http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/willie-mays/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/willie-mays/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18236

A photograph of Minneapolis Miller player Willie Mays sliding into third base during a May 7, 1951 game against Louisville.

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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25th Division Insignia http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/25th-division-insignia/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/25th-division-insignia/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18233

A United States Army 25th Division shoulder patch insignia, circa 1950. The device consists of a red taro leaf bordered in gold, against which is set a gold lightning bolt. The division is based in Hawaii.

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

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Twined Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/twined-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/twined-bag/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18230

A twined woven bag with multi-colored stripes of red, yellow, blue and black, and lined with batik cotton. It features a warp of torn fabric strips and bast fiber that create a fringe, an interior pocket and woven straps. Made by Somali elder weaver, Holden in 2007.

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

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Fishing Party Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/fishing-party-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/fishing-party-patch/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18227

A patch from the 1976 Governor’s Fishing Party. The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a Minnesota tradition since 1948, and in 1976 Governor Wendell Anderson visited Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.

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

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bandolier-bag-5/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/bandolier-bag-5/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18224

An Ojibwe bandolier bag is decorated with beadwork in a hexagonal pattern over the bag and strap. The hexagonal pattern stops at the pocket of the bag and is then decorated with a beaded floral design. Probably made in the 1910s.

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

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Frank Lloyd Wright Visit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/frank-lloyd-wright-visit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/frank-lloyd-wright-visit/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18220

A photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright visiting the Southdale Mall on November 27, 1956. According to the Minneapolis Star, he hated the mall … and the weather.

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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Boxcar Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/boxcar-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/boxcar-sign/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18217

A sign with skull and crossbones reversed out in white on black and the words “DANGER / KEEP OUT / GAS FUMES”. They were intended for posting on boxcar exteriors. Latest date 1960.

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

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Baseball Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/baseball-jersey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/baseball-jersey/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18214

A short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey with a button-closure front opening. The shirt reads “WACONIA” across the breast and has the number “9″ applied on the back.

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

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Sibley Sword http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/sibley-sword/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/sibley-sword/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18211

A non-regulation staff and field officer’s presentation sword and scabbard. The set was presented to Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley, who served as Minnesota’s first Governor, commander of the Minnesota Military District during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, and leader of a punitive expedition into Dakota Territory in the spring of 1863. The scabbard is engraved, “Presented / to / Brig. / Gen. H. H. Sibley / by / the officers of his staff / May 18, 1863.” See also a photograph of Sibley holding this sword, ID Number por 7052 r3.

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

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Rug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/rug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/rug/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18208

A wool felt “Ranch Style” woven rug made by Colonial Felt Mills in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The rug is woven from strips of 1/2 inch-wide felt. The main body is dark brown with a pattern of tan, light brown, red, and yellow stripes. The rug has never been used and still has its original paper tag attached. It was owned by Harriet Spencer, who may have acquired it for use on her ranch near Cody, Wyoming.

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

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Searching the River http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/searching-the-river/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/searching-the-river/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18204

A photograph of two Minneapolis police officers searching for a drowning victim with the Gluek’s Brewery in the background on April 3, 1947.

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

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

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Peacock Drawing http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/peacock-drawing/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/peacock-drawing/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18201

A needlework pattern drawn with pencil on paper of a peacock standing between two bushes, circa 1900-1917.

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

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Makak http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/makak/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/makak/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18198

An Ojibwe birchbark makak decorated with scraped floral designs. Used in pageants held at Itasca State Park, Minnesota, in the early-to-mid 1900s. The pageants were written by Jack Rohr to celebrate the anniversary of the Schoolcraft exploration of the source of the Mississippi River.

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

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Batik Square http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/batik-square/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/batik-square/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18195

A Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Indigo dyed cotton batik square depicting a loon bordered by steps and mountain motif. White and red cotton borders. Batik is a traditional art form but has been adapted for commercial sale. Made or provided by Yong Sa Vang, and sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1980s.

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

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Prince for Governor http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/prince-for-governor/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/prince-for-governor/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18192

A white bumper sticker distributed by the radio station 99.5 WLOL, advertising “Prince 4 Governor”, circa 1990.

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

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Basketball Star Runs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/basketball-star-runs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/basketball-star-runs/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18189

A photograph of former Minnesota Lakers professional basketball player George Mikan campaigns with President Eisenhower on October 16, 1956. Mikan lost his race for the US Congress to incumbent Roy Wier.

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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Hand Grenade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hand-grenade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hand-grenade/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18186

A Ketchum hand grenade of the type used during the Civil War. The grenade consists of a plunger and casing, which would have held the main charge. A wooden tailpiece with fins (not present) was designed to stabilize flight when thrown. Ketchum grenades were largely inefficient because they had to land directly on their nose in order to detonate. Donated by the wife of Captain Mortimer M. Wheeler of the 5th Iowa Cavalry, Company E.

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Picnic Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/picnic-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/picnic-badge/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18183

A paper badge shaped like a lightbulb used at the Saint Paul Gas Light Company’s eighth annual employees’ picnic, held at Wildwood Park in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, July 24, 1924.

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Wool Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wool-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wool-jacket/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18180

A Field and Stream red wool jacket. Manufactured by Gordon & Ferguson, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1950s.

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CCC Ring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ccc-ring-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ccc-ring-2/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18177

A sterling silver Civilian Conservation Corps ring with CCC logo flanked by an eagle and shield on opposing ends. Logo is engraved with “3707/ and “EAF”. Worn by Fred Fretheim of Company 3707, Two Harbors, MN.

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Can Cows Vote? http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/can-cows-vote/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/can-cows-vote/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18174

A photograph of several Minnesota politicians milking cows during an event outside the State Capitol on June 19, 1940.

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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Navajo Rug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/navajo-rug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/navajo-rug/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18171

A Navajo wool textile probably made to sell as a rug or wall hanging. Probably made between 1900 and 1950.

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Gold Medal Flour Doll http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/gold-medal-flour-doll/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/gold-medal-flour-doll/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18168

A paper doll issued by the Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Circa 1900.

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Tim Penny Penny http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/tim-penny-penny/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/tim-penny-penny/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18165

A campaign pin made out of a penny to support the gubernatorial campaign of Tim Penny in 2002. Obtained at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Bjella Automobile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bjella-automobile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bjella-automobile/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18162

An open automobile made by altering a horse-drawn phaeton carriage to accept a front-mounted gasoline engine. “Bjella” name-plate attached to the engine compartment above the grille. Made by P.B. Hole and Ole Bjella of McIntosh, Minnesota in 1905-1906.

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Unloading the Mail http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/unloading-the-mail/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/unloading-the-mail/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18157

A photograph of men unpacking the mail from the front cargo compartment of a Hanford Airlines (Iowa) airplane on April 15, 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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Bundt Pan Box http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bundt-pan-box/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bundt-pan-box/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18154

A cardboard container for the Nordic Ware Bundt Brand jumbo fluted tube pan made of formed aluminum. Made in the 1950s.

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House in Stillwater http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/house-in-stillwater/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/house-in-stillwater/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18151

An oil on canvas painting by Jo Lutz Rollins titled “House in Stillwater”. Made in 1930.

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Hidatsa Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hidatsa-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hidatsa-bag/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18148

A beaded and quilled leather bag. Made by the Hidatsa in the 1890s.

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“Ladies” Spittoon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/%e2%80%9cladies%e2%80%9d-spittoon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/%e2%80%9cladies%e2%80%9d-spittoon/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18145

A pink ceramic “lady’s” spittoon with white and gold trim. Made by Knowles, Taylor & Knowles of East Liverpool, Ohio, and purchased for 25 cents at an estate sale at the home of Governor Floyd B.Olson.

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Ted Williams http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ted-williams/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ted-williams/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18142

A photograph of the Minneapolis Miller’s baseball team players (Ted Williams is the second player from the left) hanging out in the clubhouse before a May 19, 1938 game.

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

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DQ Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/dq-sign-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/dq-sign-2/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18139

A promotional sign advertising the Dairy Queen Fruit Salad sundae. Created by National Dairy Queen Development Company in1955.

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Yellowstone Calendar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/yellowstone-calendar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/yellowstone-calendar/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18136

A calendar created to promote the Northern Pacific Railway and its route through Yellowstone National Park. Represents the month of January, 1928.

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Witch Tree Pin http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/witch-tree-pin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/witch-tree-pin/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18133

A pin from “Friends of the Witch Tree.” The Witch Tree is sacred to the Ojibwe people of the Grand Portage, Minnesota, area. Pin dated to 1990.

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Army Helmet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/army-helmet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/army-helmet/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18130

A M1 helmet liner made of plastic and painted olive on the exterior has “PALM” hand-lettered below an affixed viking-horn helmet decal of the 47th Infantry Division. The sides of the helmet each have a painted staff sergeant rank insignias. Inside has a cotton webbing suspension with leather sweatband and metal clasps. Worn by Rollyn Palm of Stillwater, Minnesota, who was killed in action serving in the Korean War. Circa 1950-1953.

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Wet Concrete http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wet-concrete/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wet-concrete/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18125

A photograph of a car that accidentally drove onto wet concrete in downtown Minneapolis on September 12, 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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Cow Measure http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/cow-measure/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/cow-measure/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18122

A cloth tape measure for estimating the weight of a cow. Printed on reverse is “POCKET TAPE FOR ESTIMATING LIVE WEIGHT OF COW/ TO ESTIMATE WEIGHT PLACE TAPE AROUND COW’S BODY DIRECTLY BACK OF FRONT/LEGS OR HEART GIRTH. THE TAPE READING WILL GIVE THE ESTIMATED WEIGHT IN POUNDS./ HANDLE TAPE WITH CARE. DO NOT STRETCH IT, NOR LET IT GET WET” followed by measurements in pounds from 80 to 1975. End of tape printed with “FOR THE MINNESOTA FARMER- STOCK & DAIRY FARMER…MIDLAND BANK BLDG., MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.”.

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Dress Tail Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dress-tail-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dress-tail-coat/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18119

A United States Navy pay corps lieutenant’s bluish black wool flannel full dress uniform cutaway tail coat. Used in 1918.

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Soul Asylum Stamp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/soul-asylum-stamp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/soul-asylum-stamp/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18116

A check endorsement stamp used by the Minneapolis band Soul Asylum in the 1980s and 90s. Owned by Karl Mueller.

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Feed Sack Apron http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/feed-sack-apron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/feed-sack-apron/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18062

A patchwork half apron made from dress print feed sacks. Circa 1940-50.

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Laker Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/laker-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/laker-game/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18095

A photograph of the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team in action on their way to beating the Syracuse Nationals 110-95 in the 6th game of the 1950 NBA finals. This would be the Lakers second of five title wins while in Minneapolis. Apr 23, 1950.

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

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Hot Wheels Toy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/hot-wheels-toy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/hot-wheels-toy/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18092

A custom finished “Pillsbury” Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery toy truck made in 1999.

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History Hounds! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/history-hounds/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/history-hounds/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:17:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18098 Today, March 23, is National Puppy Day! With this is mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the fantastic dogs photographs collected by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Two dogs posed on bench, circa 1925.

Dog with pipe, circa 1875.

Mandy's performing Dachshunds, circa 1945.

Duke on the treadmill of a dog-powered cream separator, circa 1940.

Dog protesting "Dogs Not Permitted" sign at Lake Calhoun beach, 1937.

Young girls giving her dog a ride on a horse, circa 1900.

Two boys and their dog on a sail sled, circa 1930.

Gardner Reynolds and dog, Juno, circa 1895.

Thanks for looking! You can find more dog photographs by searching Collections Online!

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Forestry Service Chainsaw http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/forestry-service-chainsaw/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/forestry-service-chainsaw/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18089

A Reed-Prentice “Timberhog B” model two person chainsaw used by members of the Minnesota Forestry Service in the 1940s.

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Daughters of Norway Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/daughters-of-norway-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/daughters-of-norway-quilt/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18080 A cotton album block quilt made by 48 members of the Daughters of Norway sewing club of Lanesboro, Minnesota, 1945. Signature of each member is embroidered on the quilt.

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Ojibwe Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ojibwe-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ojibwe-gloves/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18077

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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