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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-19-1864/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:16:25 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16080 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On November 19 he writes, “Packed my Trunk[.] ready for a start home[.] Weather pleasant[.] Wrote to Jim Edgerton[,] Ditto, Pt b s t u k[.]”

Citation: November 18 – 21, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-14-1864/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:26:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16060 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On November 14 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” On November 13 he commented, “In the evening accompanied Ann & Hattie to a Lecture[.] Subject was Duties of Patents to their children attending Sunday School[.] Weather pleasant[.]”

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

Citation: November 10 – 17, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/11/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-november-7-1864/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15994 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On November 7 he writes, “Add & I went to Steam boat road Harden City Coal Beds & Eldora[.] Saw. Beautiful Timber Oak[,] Hickory[,] Elm[,] Walnut[,] Sugar Maple[.] Saw Splended farming land[.] Got some Pine cones[.] Was at Mineral point[,] the place of diging Gold is near the coal mines[.] Had a very pleasant trip[.] Weather pleasant[.] Bugey 20 Miles”


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

Citation: November 2 – 9, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A partial transcription of the letter:

Lookout Station MO
Nov 5th 1864

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

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

Citation: November 5, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:12:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15940 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 29 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” It appears to be a slow, (or perhaps busy) time for Marvin, since his only comments for the past several days are about the weather.

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

Citation: October 25 – November 1, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A partial transcription of the letter:

Harrisonville MO
Oct 28th 1864

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

See entire letter here: 1864-10-28_Brewer_combined

Citation: October 28, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duane Swanson
Manuscripts Curator


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


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

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Consulting the Oracle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/consulting-the-oracle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/consulting-the-oracle/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:12:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15911
I do not consider myself a person who scares easily. That being said, when I came across a Ouija board and planchette in the storage space at the Minnesota History Center, under the watchful glass eyes of a Great Horned Owl and around the corner from the collection of death masks, it gave me pause.

The Ouija board is one of the most iconic board games in America. The first patented game was created by the Kennard Novelty Company of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1891 in response to a growing fascination with spiritualism and the paranormal. To play, participants place their fingertips on the planchette and watch as messages are spelled out on the board, allegedly by the influence of spirits.

During most of the 20th Century the Ouija board was little more than an intriguing novelty toy, frequently played at parties and gatherings across the country. The game was mass produced in various styles, such as this board created by Parker Brothers, Inc., circa 1967. While there were certainly people who took it more seriously than others, the game was generally considered harmless fun.

That changed with the release of horror movies in the 1970’s and 80’s that portrayed Ouija boards at instruments of evil spirits and demons, such as The Exorcist in 1973 (this is also the year the board was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society). People began to view the game as frightening, while religious groups across the country condemned it as in tool of the devil, a practice that has continued even into the 21st Century.

These days, Ouija boards remain popular everywhere from slumber parties to pop culture, and there are all sorts of stories floating around about chilling experiences and revelations from using them. And even though scientists have established that the messages are created by the unconscious movements of the participants and not spiritual interference, the mysterious nature of the Ouija board lives on.

Seeing the board in the museum certainly makes me wonder…what stories would it tell?


Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

Learn more about the history and science of the Ouija board in the Smithsonian Magazine.

Follow-up: this was caught happening this morning in Collections storage! Happy Halloween everyone!

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Overturned Car http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/overturned-car/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/overturned-car/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15863

A crowd gathers around an overturned car on a Minneapolis street on July 26, 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.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth, about food and living quarters – October 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-elizabeth-about-food-and-living-quarters-october-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-to-his-wife-elizabeth-about-food-and-living-quarters-october-23-1864/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:01:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15905 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth, providing an interesting and detailed look at purchases of food supplies as well as his current living quarters.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
October 23rd, 1864

My Dear Lizzie:
[…] My camp is just on the opposite bank of the river from Little Rock. Have just got some new quarters built. They are 16 by 18 feet built of split logs, chinked with wood and clay, and covered with shakes and have a good cheerful fireplace. Furniture consists of three narrow beds three chairs, a table, and a desk. The walls are hung thick with clothing, swords, sashes, and belts. Altogether it is quite pleasant and comfortable. We have a colored woman to do our cooking and washing. By “we” I mean Lt. Gustafson,  [Adjut…] Jenks, and myself. Yesterday we replenished our larder with 1 bbl flour ($11.55) 200 lbs onions ($15.00) 20 lbs sugar ($6.00) 1 ba. meal ($2.00) 4 gales pickles ($2.00) 2 gales molases ($2.00) 20 lbs white fish ($2.00) 10 lbs Coffee ($4.50) 50 lbs pork $6.00 – besides sundry other things too numerous to mention. […]
Ever your husband,
Madison



See entire letter here: 1864-10-23_Bowler_combined

Citation: October 23, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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Tableware Set http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/tableware-set/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/tableware-set/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15860

A tableware set made of black glazed porcelain consisting of a dinner plate, soup or salad bowl, and a cup with saucer. Made by Monica Rudquist of Minneapolis, MN in 1993.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-22-1864/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15883 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 22 he writes simply, “Weather pleasant”. Earlier that week on October 20 he wrote, “Wrote to Sam & J P Non[.] Weather unpleasant Snow[.] Arose in the morning to find the snow coming down in large flakes[.] the first of the season[.] After partaking of pancakes I went out to inquire after the welfare of Nellie, found her better[.]”


See a week’s worth of entries: 1864-10-22_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 17 – 24, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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MN Soul http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/mn-soul/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/mn-soul/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15857

“MINNESOTA SOUL” T-shirt designed and produced by Lee Jordan. Sold at the 1990 Juneteenth celebration, Minneapolis, MN.

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“From Sheridan’s Army”, “From the South” and “Guerilla Operations Near Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – October 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/from-sheridans-army-from-the-south-and-guerilla-operations-near-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-october-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/from-sheridans-army-from-the-south-and-guerilla-operations-near-washington-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-october-21-1864/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:20 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15871

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ID Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/id-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/id-badge/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15854

A military installation identification badge issued to 1st Lt. Graham E. Elvgren in 1944. Used by Elvgren during B-29 pilot training. Elvgren was from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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“An Appeal from the Army”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – October 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/an-appeal-from-the-army-the-saint-cloud-democrat-october-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/an-appeal-from-the-army-the-saint-cloud-democrat-october-20-1864/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15868

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Gun Case http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/gun-case/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/gun-case/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15849

A beaded Dakota hide gun case has a geometric pattern at the top with fringe below. The body of the case depicts two antlered animals. The bottom is fringed with metal tinkles interspersed. The case bears a white sticker with “McBrien” written on it. The case was collected by Colonel John G. Clark of the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice in Dakota Territory during the US-Dakota War, circa 1865-6.

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“From Missouri”, The Rochester Republican – October 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/from-missouri-the-rochester-republican-october-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/from-missouri-the-rochester-republican-october-19-1864/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15852

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“Are the Democracy Ready for a Recognition of the Southern Confederacy?” and “McClellan’s Answer”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/are-the-democracy-ready-for-a-recognition-of-the-southern-confederacy-and-mcclellans-answer-the-stillwater-messenger-october-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/are-the-democracy-ready-for-a-recognition-of-the-southern-confederacy-and-mcclellans-answer-the-stillwater-messenger-october-18-1864/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15847

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-17-1864/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15844 Up early, cloudy with a slight drizzling rain all Day. Busy all day on my tent. Putting up logs & a fireplace & laying a nice brick floor. On duty as Regtl. O. of Day. relieved Capt Wright. So officer of the Guard Six posts. Ohio & Indiana largely for the Union.

Citation: October 17, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Helicopters http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/helicopters/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/helicopters/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15805

A photograph of two Minneapolis and Star Tribune helicopters taking off from a baseball field in October 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.

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“Grant”, “Missouri” and “Probable Reductions in Army Expenditures”, The Saint Paul Press – October 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/grant-missouri-and-probable-reductions-in-army-expenditures-the-saint-paul-press-october-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/grant-missouri-and-probable-reductions-in-army-expenditures-the-saint-paul-press-october-16-1864/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15841

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HHH Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hhh-button-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hhh-button-2/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15802

A Hubert H. Humphrey campaign button from 1968 that reads “HHH – FILLS THE PRESCRIPTION”.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-15-1864/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:26:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15837 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 15 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.] Doctored the sick horse Nellie_ little hopes of her recovery. Took tea with Seth and Jennie at 1 oclock _ Did not go to Oakland owing to the cold weather.”


See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-10-15_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 9 – 16, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Crowd at the Flame http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/crowd-at-the-flame/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/crowd-at-the-flame/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15799

A color photograph of a crowd of people at the Flame Nightclub taken by Charles Chamblis in the late 1970s.

For more on Charles Chamblis and the Minnesota music scene, please visit our exhibition Sights, Sounds and Soul currently on display at the History Center.

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Lettter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie on his birthday – October 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/lettter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-on-his-birthday-october-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/lettter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-on-his-birthday-october-14-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:32:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15833 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Brownsville, Arkansas, relating how sickly the soldiers are, and referencing his birthday.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Brownsville Arkansas
October 14th 1864
My Dear Sister
[…] I shall have to take charge of my own regiment or some Ohio Regiment – Surgeons are scarce in those parts – my health is good[…] I am the only one in the medical department of our regiment who enjoys good health – Almost all the officers in the regiment are sick – and most of the men. This country is quite sickly. […] The 12th of this month was my 23rd birthday, my 4th birthday in the army[.] I wonder where I will be on my next birthday. I hope it will be spent at home. […]
Your aff brother
B Mattocks

Citation: October 14, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie – October 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-october-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-ebenezer-brewer-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-minnesota-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-nellie-october-13-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:26:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15828 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from the Steamer Shamrock on the Missouri River, telling of a long march and of the trip on the Steamer.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Steamer Shamrock
Missouri River Oct 13th 1864
Dear Sister Nellie[,]
[…] Where was I when last I wrote you I do not know[,] I think it was in Arkansas. Just as we were to leave on another march. That march has at last been made, and a long one it was. We marched from Brownsville Ark to Cap[e] Girardeau MO a distance of three hundred and ten miles – in ninteen days without stopping – one of the longest marches on record[.] We expected when we left to meet Price and fight him, but he got the [stare] of us and left for Missouri – so all we could do was to follow him up[.] […]
Your aff brother
B Mattocks

See entire letter here: 1864-10-14_Mattocks_combine_res

Citation: October 13, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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“A Democratic Major General on Parties and the War” and “How the Democratic Generals are for McClellan”, The Rochester Republican – October 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/a-democratic-major-general-on-parties-and-the-war-and-how-the-democratic-generals-are-for-mcclellan-the-rochester-republican-october-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/a-democratic-major-general-on-parties-and-the-war-and-how-the-democratic-generals-are-for-mcclellan-the-rochester-republican-october-12-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:02:50 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15825

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“The News” and “General Headquarters, State of Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-and-general-headquarters-state-of-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-october-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-and-general-headquarters-state-of-minnesota-the-stillwater-messenger-october-11-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:01:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15822

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-10-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15819 Cool & foggy morning[.] Up late, & Had Breakfast. A Beautiful day. Regt. at work on our new camp and after lumber Chaplain paid me $16.50 he owed me for mess &c. Bought History of United States (Quackenbos) from chaplain 75. Sold my 1st Lieuts. Shoulder straps to Lieut Parvin Co B $3.


Citation: October 10, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“The Victory at Alatoona Grows Better”, “Grant” and “The Army Vote”, The Saint Paul Press – October 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-victory-at-alatoona-grows-better-grant-and-the-army-vote-the-saint-paul-press-october-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-victory-at-alatoona-grows-better-grant-and-the-army-vote-the-saint-paul-press-october-9-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:59:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15816

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-8-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15813 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 8 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.] Helped [H…] wash dishes and scrub the floor[.]”  On October 6 he wrote, “Was out boat riding[.] picked a bushel of grapes[.] collected many rare specimens of Ston[.] Weather pleasant[.]”.

Citation: October 5 – 8, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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“More Heavy Fighting Near Richmond”, “From Louisville” and “Official Dispatches”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – October 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/more-heavy-fighting-near-richmond-from-louisville-and-official-dispatches-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-october-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/more-heavy-fighting-near-richmond-from-louisville-and-official-dispatches-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-october-7-1864/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:55:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15810

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CCC Backpack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/ccc-backpack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/ccc-backpack/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15796

A Civilian Conservation Corps cotton canvas knapsack with leather straps and CCC patch sewn onto top compartment cover. Used by Fred Fretheim of Company 3707, Two Harbors, MN.

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Nixon in MN http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/nixon-in-mn/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/nixon-in-mn/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15793

Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon in Minnesota during an October 23, 1952 campaign stop.

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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Clear Car http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/clear-car/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/clear-car/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15772

Two women showing off a transparent car at the 1953 Minneapolis Auto Show on July 19th, 1953.

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Mill Fire http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/mill-fire/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/mill-fire/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15769

A snapshot of a huge fire at the then unused Washburn “A” Mill in February of 1991.

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Hot Wheels http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hot-wheels/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hot-wheels/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15766

Limited edition Hot Wheels (by Mattel) toy car with a Malt-O-Meal logo printed on the side of car. Produced for the Northfield, MN company anniversary in 1994.

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Ball Gown http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/ball-gown/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/ball-gown/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15763

Inaugural Ball gown made by Mildred Conrad Freda Dress Shop, St. Paul, MN. Made of silk-like fabric with woven pattern- green, lime, purple, violet and pink. Worn by the donor at her daughter’s wedding and the inaugural dinner party at the Ramsey House in honor of Gov. W. Anderson, January 1971.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth – October 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-october-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-october-6-1864/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:43:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15785 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, written while he was in the hospital, describing his time there and the condition of the 3rd Regiment.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.,
October 6th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
Nothing to do but sit about in the Hospital and read; so I will while away an hour in writing to you. Guess you will get tired reading so many letters from me, especially as I have nothing interesting to write about. I am gaining strength every day – think I shall be able for duty soon. All the Minnesotians, but Major Webster and myself, have left the hospital, having been ordered to Memphis. It seems quite lonely since they left. Major Webster has been down with Rheumatism. I think he will resign. […] I shall not stay away from you one minute longer than I am obliged to after an honorable peace shall be declared. I do have a great desire to serve until that event shall occur. I heard from Pine Bluff yesterday. The 3rd Regt is suffering terribly. It has but fifteen or twenty men for duty. Lt. Liljegren of Co. “D” is dead. Surgeon Smith, the Medical Director of the Department, has made application to have the Regt. ordered to some healthier locality. I expect the order will be made soon. […]
Lots of kisses to you and Birdie.
Truly, your husband,
Madison

See whole letter here: 1864-10-06 Bowler_combo res

Citation: October 6, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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Two fragments of rebel battle flags – October 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/two-fragments-of-rebel-battle-flags-october-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/two-fragments-of-rebel-battle-flags-october-5-1864/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:30:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15782 Two fragments of rebel battle flags of the 35th and 39th Mississippi Confederate Regiments.  They were captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment in Allatoona, Georgia, October 5, 1864.

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New Wonderful World of Menus Display! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/new-wonderful-world-of-menus/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/new-wonderful-world-of-menus/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15777

Come to the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota  Historical Society during regular library hours to see the new display on Minnesota Menus!

It is the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to food, and we have a fabulous collection here documenting foodways over time. In this exhibit we chose to focus on menus from the railroads; banquets; hotels; and restaurants. It is fascinating to see what people ate and how much it cost; the graphic design component of many is exceptional as well.

While the menu collection is available for research any time, this is a rare opportunity to see together many of the items so expertly discussed in Debbie Miller’s article in this quarter’s Minnesota History magazine. Come see the menus for yourself, and then purchase your copy of the magazine in the Museum Stores to learn more!

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Game Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/game-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/game-bag/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15760

A Plains Indian (probably Dakota) “possibles” bag of tanned hide decorated with glass beads and tinned-iron cones with horsehair inserts, circa 1850-1900.

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“The News” and “Who Commenced the War?”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-and-who-commenced-the-war-the-stillwater-messenger-october-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/the-news-and-who-commenced-the-war-the-stillwater-messenger-october-4-1864/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15757

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-october-3-1864/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15754 Cloudy & a little rain. Feeling unwell[,] lay in bed & lost my breakfast[.] Regt was inspected by Maj Baldy. Div. Insp. Of 56 [US…][.] Got from Santy, [co…] ½ bbl. of potatoes & ½ bbl. of onions. Had a good dinner & Supper[.] Received a letter from Miss L. Smith Cleveland Minn, Writing for men. Forwarded […] & final Statements of M. Berryman also Effects[.]

Citation: October 3, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Duck Hunting http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/duck-hunting/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/duck-hunting/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15734

A photograph of two men duck hunting in Minnesota on October 9th, 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.

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“Sheridan’s Report of Operations in the Valley”, “Grant” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Press – October 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/sheridans-report-of-operations-in-the-valley-grant-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-press-october-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/sheridans-report-of-operations-in-the-valley-grant-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-press-october-2-1864/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:00:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15751

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Nemadji Vase http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/nemadji-vase/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/nemadji-vase/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15731

Clay vase made by Nemadji Pottery of Minnesota. Circa 1950-70.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-1-1864/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15747 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 1 he writes, “Was out Hunting[,] shot at some Ducks several times but did not even hit them[.] Shot 4 squirrels[,] got three[.] the other was spirieted away or I could find only blood and hair[.] Weather pleasant[.] Brother Add is pretty sick[.]”

See the entire week’s worth of entries here: 1864-10-01_Marvin_combined

Citation: September 27 – October 4, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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