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, 28 Sep 2016 05:01:20 +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 FDR clock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/fdr-clock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/fdr-clock/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18706

One of the stranger political items in our collection, this metal electric clock features likenesses of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln standing around a ship’s wheel. 1940s.

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

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Cathedral Forest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/cathedral-forest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/cathedral-forest/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18703

A woodcut on paper by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, showing a twilight-lit forest reflecting onto the surface of a lake. Made in the 1990s.

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

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Andersen Window http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/andersen-window/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/andersen-window/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18700

An Andersen Narroline white double-hung wood window (.A) and cardboard shipping box (.B). Box is autographed by Andersen employees who manufactured the window. As of 2013, more than 60 million units of the Narroline had been sold since the window’s introduction in 1962 making it the best selling wood window in the history of the industry.

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

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Vikings Poster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/vikings-button-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/vikings-button-2/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18694

A Minnesota Vikings advertising poster, sponsored by SuperAmerica, 1982.

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory opening tomorrow, September 24!

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

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Bernie Bierman http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bernie-bierman/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bernie-bierman/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18691

A photograph of University of Minnesota football coach Bernie Bierman being carried off the field after winning his final home game as the Gophers coach, November 18, 1950.

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

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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Rock and Roll Candy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/rock-and-roll-candy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/rock-and-roll-candy/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18688

A promotional candy bar from Soul Asylum’s “Candy from a Stranger” album release, 1998.

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

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3M Sound Slide http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/3m-sound-slide/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/3m-sound-slide/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18685

A 3M sound slide with image slide and sound disc intact. This one has an image of a group of men, possibly 3M staff, clustered around a piece of machinery. A special slide projector would show the slide and play the audio recorded on the dark gray disk simultaneously. They were made by the 3M visual products division Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1960s.

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

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Skunk Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/skunk-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/skunk-game/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18682

A “Skunk” dice game made by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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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Republican Balloons http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/republican-balloons/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/republican-balloons/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18666

A photograph of balloons being handed out before a Republican Party rally and parade in St. Paul on November 3rd, 1950. The balloons read “Vote for good government. Vote Republican.”

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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Betty Crocker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/betty-crocker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/betty-crocker/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18663

A color postcard showing how the Betty Crocker character has changed from 1936 to 1981.

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

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Flasher Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/flasher-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/flasher-button/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18660

A “flasher” button alternating “Vote / DFL / ‘58″ with “VOTE FOR / FREEMAN-McCARTHY”, from Orville Freeman’s gubernatorial re-election campaign and Eugene McCarthy’s United States Senate campaign, 1958.

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

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World War I Daybook Preview: A Nurse’s Story http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/world-war-i-daybook-preview-a-nurses-story/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/world-war-i-daybook-preview-a-nurses-story/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:44:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18670 Hello, my name is Rose Winter, and I was one of two interns working on the World War I Daybook project this summer. I spent my internship going through a variety of smaller manuscript collections in the Gale Family Library, my favorite of which was the Dee Smith collection.

Dee Smith left her clerical job with the Minneapolis Department of Education in June 1918 to go overseas with the Red Cross Department of Personnel in Paris. Her letters home, which are the main component of this collection, were usually addressed to her mother and a woman named Cora who may have been her sister. They are seldom about her work, and instead concerned matters such as going sightseeing, having fun with her friends, and descriptions of wartime Paris.

Letters from July 1918, when Smith was in New York waiting to ship out, reassure her family that she would not be needing a ball gown. This decision was farsighted because in September of that year, when she was in Paris, the American Expeditionary Forces took over the American Red Cross to the extent that Smith was considered service personnel and so wearing her uniform in public became mandatory for the remainder of the war. Smith was not terribly pleased with this decision, especially as it meant she had to wear it to the many dances she attended “to keep morale up.” The uniform also made her instantly recognizable as an American woman overseas.

Although writing of many lighthearted matters, Smith’s letters also directly address the war. Smith visited American troops in hospitals in some of her free time. In January of 1919, after armistice, she visited several battlefields, and that May she used her vacation time to tour Belgium and the defeated Germany. The letters she wrote about this tour show her extreme hatred for Germans, remarking that Germans were ugly, describing American troops stealing cabbage from a German woman for Smith and her friend to eat, and hinting that she thought German prisoners of war were so lazy they ought to be bayoneted. Considering that the application process for overseas Red Cross workers included letters of recommendation proving their loyalty and patriotism for the United States and its allies, this hatred is not entirely surprising. It was only long after armistice that she revealed she had been in Paris while it was being bombed, with bombs falling within blocks of where she was, as censoring had kept her from writing earlier. Other than censoring, her continual fear was that the boats with mail would be torpedoed and her letters would never make it home.

My favorite letter of Smith’s was written on January 23rd, 1919, during the Paris peace talks. While on her lunch break she and a friend went to buy as much jam as they could possibly carry, stuffing their arms and pockets so as to avoid the long lines at the store by reducing their number of trips. While walking back to work in this condition they suddenly realized that the man walking toward them on the street was President Woodrow Wilson, with his secret security agents following behind him. She states in the letter that, “We smiled our best, bowed, and said “Bon Jour” which is good morning in French. He [President Wilson] lifted his high silk hat, bowed and smiled. [...] We were in a perfect misery of indecision afterwards to as whether his affability was due to his delight in seeing us or our most amusing appearance of a grocery delivery wagon.”

See whole letter here: 1-23-19 complete

Look for more of Dee Smith’s letters in the World War I Daybook when it launches in April 2017!

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Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bumper-sticker-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bumper-sticker-2/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18657

A bumper sticker supporting the Idle No More movement. The rectangular sticker has a red backdrop with tan text that reads “We / Are / IdleNoMore” The movement began in 2012 as a pan-Native solidarity movement in Canada that quickly gained followers in the United States. Idle No More staged a flash mob at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on December 29, 2012.

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

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Minnesota Made Shotgun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/minnesota-made-shotgun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/minnesota-made-shotgun/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18654

A 12-gauge double-barreled side-by-side shotgun made by Frank Novotny of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The gun has Damascus barrels, a double trigger, and a pistol grip stock that is checkered at the grip and fore end. It was owned and used by engineer D. C. Shepard, an associate of James J. Hill who helped construct rail lines including the Great Northern and Canadian Pacific.

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

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Stuck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/stuck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/stuck/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18651

“Help, I’m stuck on the elevator!” said the delivery truck. 1950.

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

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

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Leaf and Berry Pattern Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/leaf-and-berry-pattern-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/leaf-and-berry-pattern-quilt/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18648

An appliquéd sawtooth-edged cotton quilt with four center panels of oak leaf and vine appliqué in a green print. Miscellaneous fruits and flowers are arranged at the base of each vine extending into the extension. This same floral vine edges both sides. The cutout corners fit a four-poster bed. From the 1870s.

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

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Augie on Guitar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/augie-on-guitar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/augie-on-guitar/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18645

A photograph showing the internationally famous Mexican-American musician Augie Garcia and his guitar. While he learned traditional Mexican music as a kid, he later played rhythm and blues. What about those shorts? The Twin Cities Music Highlights website (http://www.jeanneandersen.net/garciaaugie.html) has this to say, “The story also goes that while in Hawaii in 1952 he fell in love with Bermuda shorts as a fashion statement. They became his trademark and he wore them winter and summer.”

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

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Duffy’s Tape Measure http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/duffy%e2%80%99s-tape-measure/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/duffy%e2%80%99s-tape-measure/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18642

A small promotional tape measure from Duffy’s concert venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1980s.

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

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Thrillcade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/thrillcade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/thrillcade/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18639

A photograph of two stunt drivers in action during a “Thrillcade” show at the 1952 Minnesota State Fair.

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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Crazy Cow http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/crazy-cow/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/crazy-cow/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18626

A photograph of a young boy scared by an over-enthusiastic calf at the 1940 Minnesota State Fair.

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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Grand Champion Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/grand-champion-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/grand-champion-dress/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18623

Women’s black and white wool houndstooth ensemble, consisting of (.A) a jacket and (.B) a skirt, made by Dolores Krinke of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ensemble was named grand champion at the 1965 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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Fair Poster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/fair-poster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/fair-poster/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18620

A poster advertising the 1922 Minnesota State Fair. The text at the bottom reads “The World’s Greatest State Fair.”

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

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MNHS T-shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/mnhs-t-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/mnhs-t-shirt/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18617

A yellow T-shirt featuring the title page from Karal Ann Marling’s book, “Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair”, created by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.

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

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State Fair Ribbon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/state-fair-ribbon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/state-fair-ribbon/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18614

A blue first premium satin prize ribbon from the 1937 Minnesota State Fair, awarded to Minnesota artist Syd Fossum for figure composition.

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

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World War I Daybook Update – Knute Nelson Research http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/knute-nelson-research-intern-post/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/knute-nelson-research-intern-post/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:54:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18632 Hello! My name is Martin Branyon and I was one of the World War I Day Book Researchers for summer 2016. My work this summer involved going through the MNHS manuscripts collection to find relevant documents for the Day Book. I specifically worked with the Knute Nelson Papers collection. Nelson was a Norwegian Immigrant who served for the Union during the Civil War and managed to rise through Minnesota politics to be a well-known Republican Senator by World War I. As a History and Political Science undergrad at the University of Minnesota I found sections of this collection to be right up my alley.

The collection sheds light on both the daily life of Minnesotans during the war and the local politics of the time period. I found particularly interesting the numerous letters that dealt with groups that were critical of the war. Many letters described how the government and citizens reacted to anti-war activity in the state.

Some of the most interesting documents concerning politics and groups opposed to war were dated from July 1917. I found a letter written on July 10, 1917, from a Minneapolis lawyer by the name of Jonas Weil to be particularly interesting. According to his letter a doctor by the name of Eugene Friedman had been held in Hennepin County jail for three weeks, without formal charges being known to him, for allegedly being “antagonistic to the United States Government”. The letter captured how suppression of alleged anti-war proponents was enforced through the government; however suppression of anti-war criticism being carried out by citizens is a common theme of the collection.

A letter from July 14, 1917, by Bemidji lawyer Elmer E. McDonald captures this theme. In a letter to Nelson describing the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizing among lumber and agricultural workers, McDonald nominates a local Bemidji man to infiltrate the IWW and essentially spy on their activity. McDonald clearly saw the IWW as a distinct threat that had to be aggressively targeted by the government and citizens. This sort of political suppression offers interesting insights to the lengths to which citizens would go to protect the war effort.

In addition to opposition to leftist groups, the war elicited strong nativist responses. A letter dated July 25, 1917, from the owner of a Duluth grocery store warned Nelson about the dangers of foreign born residents and citizens in the country. The Duluth man states that all foreign born non-citizens and citizens should be deported from the United States. A strange statement given that Nelson himself was born in Norway. However, it expresses a common theme in the collection of anti-immigrant sentiment during the war.

The Knute Nelson collection offers an interesting view of Minnesota and the home front during the war. The collection offers a personal account of diverse selection of Minnesotan political issues, from censorship and nativism to women’s suffrage and immigrant rights. Be sure to check out the World War I Daybook in April 2017 to learn more about the history and politics of Minnesota during the war!

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Butter Sculpture http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/butter-sculpture/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/butter-sculpture/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18594

A photograph of a woman carving a butter sculpture of a woman and cow from the 1938 Minnesota State Fair.

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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Princess Kay http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/princess-kay/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/princess-kay/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18591

One of my favorite events of the summer starts today, the Minnesota State Fair! This photograph shows Princess Kay Karen Bracken seated on a tractor, holding a glass of milk, at the 1964 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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Toro Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/toro-postcard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/toro-postcard/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18588
A color postcard from 1948 advertising Toro Power Mowers.

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

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Dem Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dem-bumper-sticker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dem-bumper-sticker/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18585

A Democratic bumper sticker with American Sign Language spelling the word “VOTE”, circa 2002.

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

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Dakota Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dakota-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dakota-gloves/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18582

A pair of Santee Dakota gauntlet style gloves (stout gloves with long loose wrists) with floral quillwork on the cuffs. These are bordered by leather fringe and ribbons. Made in the 1880’s.

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

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Minnesota Renaissance Fair Photographs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/minnesota-renaissance-fair-photographs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/minnesota-renaissance-fair-photographs/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:15:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18597 Huzzah! ‘Tis once again time for the greatest summer festival Minnesota has to offer! (Yeah, that’s right, I said it. The Greatest.)

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A group performs traditional dances on a stage with musicians, 1972.

This year the Minnesota Renaissance Festival celebrates its 46th season! Minnesota’s is the second oldest Renaissance fair in the United States, and has one of the highest attendance rates. Started in 1971, the Festival began in a twenty-two acre field in Jonathan, Minnesota, and consisted of little more than tents, stages and straw bales.

Renaissance festivals are outdoor events where performers recreate historical settings and costumes and entertain visitors with music, shows, food, and more. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is set in 16th Century England, with the addition of playful fairies, elves and mermaids. Visitors can shop for a variety handcrafted treasures and witness the exciting jousting tournaments throughout the day. It’s no wonder this beloved event has grown to such a phenomenon!

The Minnesota Historical Society houses a collection of photographs taken in the second year of the Festival at the Jonathan location.

Vendor stands and tents next to open field, 1972.

Members of the Lebhaft Medieval Ensemble performing, 1972

Members of the Lebhaft Medieval Ensemble performing, 1972

Small child in costume climbing onto a stage, 1972

Small child in costume climbing onto a stage, 1972

Anyone who has been to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival can agree that while the landscape in these photos may be quite different from the grand, colorful structures now found in Shakopee, the enjoyment of the attendees and excitement of the performers remains the same (as well as balloon fencing!!).

Fencing booth worker helping a child into gear, 1972

The Renaissance Festival is open weekends starting August 20 through October 2. I hope to see you there!

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Cops http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/cops/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/cops/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18573

A photograph of two Minneapolis cops on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 1944.

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

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

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Guitar Pick http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/guitar-pick/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/guitar-pick/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18570

A white plastic Suicide Commandos guitar pick, made for their guitarist Chris Osgood by Ernie Ball in the 1970s.

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

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Zenith Clock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/zenith-clock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/zenith-clock/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18567

A maroon plastic electric radio with alarm clock made by the Zenith Radio Corporation in the 1950s.

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

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Perquackey Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/perquackey-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/perquackey-game/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18564

A Perquackey word game made by Lakeside Industries, a division of Leisure Dynamics, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1970-1980. Used by the Thomas Thompson family of Minneapolis.

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

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Remembering Governor Wendell Anderson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/remembering-wendell-anderson/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/remembering-wendell-anderson/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:45:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18576

The public memorial service is being held today, August 15, for one of our most beloved governors. Wendell Anderson was elected in 1970 when he was just 37.  While Governor Anderson was a member of the DFL party, he went on to pass one of the most important and impressive pieces of bipartisan legislation, the “Minnesota Miracle,” credited with transforming public schools in the state. He grew up on Saint Paul’s East Side and won a silver medal with the USA hockey team in the 1956 Olympics.

The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to hold his papers as well as several photographs and objects relating to his life and work.

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Army Bayonet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/army-bayonet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/army-bayonet/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18560

A United States Army Model 1905 knife bayonet features a single-edge blade with a narrow, unstopped fuller running to the point. It is stamped “US / 40486″ on the front and “SA /1906″ on the back with a grenade insignia. The pommel is of the birds-head type. The cross guard is slotted adjacent to the blade, above and below, and forms circular terminals, the upper being larger and pierced to slip over a gun muzzle. The scales are wood, secured by a machine screw that is bushed on both sides.

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

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Too Many Buttons http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/too-many-buttons/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/too-many-buttons/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18557

A photograph of a man with one too many 1942 “On to Victory” Minneapolis Aquatennial buttons.

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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Miss Black Minnesota Medal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/miss-black-minnesota-medal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/miss-black-minnesota-medal/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18554

A 1976 Miss Black Minnesota Pageant participant medal. The front features winged female figure holding a crown or wreath and a red white and blue enameled wreath design encircles the medal. The back of the medal is engraved “MISS BLACK / MINNESOTA / PAGEANT / 1976 / PARTICIPANT” and the engraving is encircled by a raised wreath design.

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

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Norwegian Mondale Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/norwegian-mondale-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/norwegian-mondale-button/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18551

A Walter Mondale presidential campaign button with the Norwegian translation of Mondale’s campaign catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?”, 1984.

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

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TPWC Pin http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/tpwc-pin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/tpwc-pin/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18548

A Territorial Pioneer Women Club lapel pin that depicts a gopher flanked by ladyslipper flowers. Circa 1900.

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

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Pow-Wow Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/pow-wow-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/pow-wow-button/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18545

A button that reads, “Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa – 21st Annual Pow-wow / August 21, 22, 23, 1987″ in white on a blue background with a picture of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal logo.

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

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Nolan Ryan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/nolan-ryan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/nolan-ryan/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18542

A photograph of Nolan Ryan pitching during the 1985 MLB All-Star Game at the Metrodome on July 16th, 1985.

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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WPA Bowl http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wpa-bowl/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wpa-bowl/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18539

A carved and painted decorative wood bowl with a polychrome floral motif. The artist’s signature “KRISTOF SLANINA” is painted in block letters near the rim. Handwritten on base is “W.P.A. HANDICRAFT / DIST 3 NO 11″. This is one of two similar bowls found at the Riverview Public Library in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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

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Paper Pile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/paper-pile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/paper-pile/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18536

An oil on panel painting titled “Paper Pile, Mist; Rock-Tenn Recycling Plant” made by Minnesota artist Michael Kareken in 2007.

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

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John’s Place http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/john%e2%80%99s-place/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/john%e2%80%99s-place/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18533

An advertising card for “John’s Place” (Yuen Faung Low) a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opened in 1883 as the Canton Cafe, it was the first Chinese restaurant in the state. This card probably dates from the 1950’s.

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

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WWI Trunk http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wwi-trunk/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wwi-trunk/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18530

A trunk from World War I. The top of the lid is painted with the words “NO 16 / SGT ICL ERNEST B.L.ECKBERG / DIVISION DET / NO16 HQRS. 79 DIV” in black. On the left side there is a rectangular sheet of aged-yellow paper with a handwritten label that reads “E.B.L. Eckberg / Micalleh, Minn.”

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

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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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