Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:01:56 +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 Pony Ride http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/pony-ride/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/pony-ride/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17439

A photograph of a young girl not enjoying her first pony ride at the 1953 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.

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State Fair Ticket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/state-fair-ticket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/state-fair-ticket/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17436

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair opens today and in honor of that we present a week and a half of Fair related Item of the Day posts.

This is a 1908 Minnesota State Fair complimentary admission ticket booklet from the records of the Faribault State Hospital. The front cover reads “COMPLIMENTARY NOT TRANSFERABLE 1908 / MINNESOTA STATE FAIR / 49TH Annual Exhibition / FOR [blank] and LADY / AUGUST 31ST TO SEPT. 5TH 1908 / NO. 1258” the blank is filled in “A. C. Rogers”. While the book originally contained six perforated paper tickets, only numbers 3, 4 and 5 remain attached in the booklet.

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

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Homer Hanky http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/homer-hanky/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/homer-hanky/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17433

A Homer Hanky from the first regular season Minnesota Twins game played at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2010. The Twins played against the Red Sox and won the game by a score of 5 to 2.

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Moon Rock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/moon-rock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/moon-rock/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17430

A walnut plaque with a small silk State of Minnesota flag and a chunk of moon rock embedded in Lucite. The flag was carried to the moon by the spacecraft America during the December 17-19, 1972 Apollo XVII mission, and the rock, technically known as “Sample 70017″ is from the Taurus Littrow valley of the moon. This is a “Goodwill Moon Rock,” one of which was presented to each state and 135 countries by President Nixon in 1973.

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Plains Knife Sheath http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/plains-knife-sheath-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/plains-knife-sheath-2/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17427

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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Shotgun Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/shotgun-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/shotgun-sign/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17415

A view of workmen installing a shotgun sign outside the Kennedy Bros. Arms Company building in downtown St. Paul in October, 1949.

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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Native American Artist-in-Residence Program highlights http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/native-american-artist-in-residence-program-highlights/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/native-american-artist-in-residence-program-highlights/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:09:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17442 This fall marks the end of the first full year of the Native American Artist-in-Residence program here at the Minnesota Historical Society. The three 2014/15 artists, Pat Kruse, Jessica Gokey and Gwen Westerman have seen great successes with their collections research and community outreach activities. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

Recently, Ojibwe beadwork artist Jessica Gokey concluded the public workshop portion of her residency at the Lower Sioux Agency. Jessica shared her experiences studying the MNHS historic Ojibwe beadwork collections, while providing instruction to participants, assisting them in designing and creating their own floral beadwork.

Birchbark artist Pat Kruse participated in a reception and gallery talk at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum where he showcased large wall pieces alongside many of the intricate baskets that he and his son Gage made during the residency. Pat also demonstrated how he works with birchbark and how the Ojibwe people use the bark in many different ways.

Textile artist Gwen Westerman has been visiting various musuems, studying early Dakota ribbonwork in order to understand historic patterns and techniques. She has intensely studied the collections here, at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Working with three apprentices, Gwen is developing ribbonwork teaching guides that will incorporate Dakota language.

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One of the goals of the Artist-in-Residence program is to acquire work created by each artist for the permanent collection. From Jessica Gokey we recently accessioned a beaded table cover which depicts nearly 20 traditional indigenous plants used for food in the Great Lakes region. We also acquired work by Jessica’s apprentice, Terri Hom. Terri made a beaded placemat and birchbark napkin ring that were inspired by historic items in MNHS’ collections.  Jessica and Terri talk about their work and the residency program in our new video, here: https://youtu.be/0bvz_lwgYFY

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Also recently added to our permanent collections were many birchbark applique items created by Pat Kruse and his son and apprentice Gage. Pat and Gage created wonderful baskets based on their study of the forms of historic baskets. To these forms, they add their own personal, artistic, and family style and arrive at the wonderful contemporary baskets seen here. (To listen to Pat and Gage speak about their experiences, please visit http://youtu.be/sKtXiOkhNsY).
With the first residencies wrapping up, we have just published a Call for Submissions for the upcoming round. The deadline is September 30th with two artists announced shortly thereafter. Please visit
www.mnhs.org/residencies and check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mnhsnativeartistresidencies for more information.

Thanks, Rita Walaszek and Ben Gessner
Native American Artist-in-Residence Program

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WAVES Uniform http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/waves-uniform/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/waves-uniform/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17412

A United States Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (W.A.V.E.S.) dress blue uniform consists of a jacket and six-gore skirt of very dark blue wool gabardine. Worn by Pharmacist’s Mate Marjorie Everson (Mrs. Kenneth Lukeart) who served as a Pharmacist’s Mate, 2nd Class at the United States Naval Hospital in Saint Albans, New York, during World War II.

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Untitled – Duluth http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/untitled-duluth/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/untitled-duluth/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:01:24 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17409

A gouache on board painting showing the backyard of three Duluth houses. Made by R.W. Gallagher, date unknown.

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Dog Days of Summer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/dog-days-of-summer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/dog-days-of-summer/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:07:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17423 Check out our new post on the Huffington Post, using the idea of the dog days of summer as an excuse to show cute dog photographs from the Collection!

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Feather Hat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/feather-hat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/feather-hat/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17406

An oversized hat with high crown and inner frame, circa 1905. Hat is draped in black velvet with a band of black and deep red corded silk draped on lower half. The brocade ribbon forms a band at lower crown. Front of hat is trimmed with a circlet of pheasant feathers with very deep red dyed quills extending above hat. Black silk lining.

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Boeckmann’s Sword http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/boeckmann%e2%80%99s-sword/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/boeckmann%e2%80%99s-sword/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17403

A sword and scabbard presented to Dr. Eduard Boeckmann by the staff of Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer’s sword with rayskin grip and gold bullion sword knot. Gold washed blade etched with “Major Edward Boeckmann from Bethesda Hospital and Staff 1898″. “CHAS F. PUSCH, ST. PAUL, MINN” etched in ricasso.

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Crane Collapse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/crane-collapse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/crane-collapse/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17400

A view of a crane collapse at the old Lambert Landing in downtown St. Paul on August 7, 1952.

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

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Nicollet’s Barometer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/nicollet%e2%80%99s-barometer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/nicollet%e2%80%99s-barometer/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17397

A field barometer used by Joseph Nicollet, a French scientist and geographer, while surveying the Upper Mississippi River Valley, circa 1837. It is comprised of a glass mercury tube, thermometer, graduated scales in stained boxwood and brass housing, and a leather case with a shoulder carrying strap.

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People’s Pantry Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/people%e2%80%99s-pantry-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/people%e2%80%99s-pantry-sign/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17394

A People’s Pantry price sign. Consists of wood sign painted white with red and blue hand-painted text. Reads “PEOPLES / PANTRY / PRICES / PER / POUND” at top. Granola was $0.40 a pound and black eyed peas were $0.16 a pound. The People’s Pantry was opened in 1970 on the West Bank and would later become North Country Co-op which closed in 2006.

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Marvel Foods Lighter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/marvel-foods-lighter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/marvel-foods-lighter/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17391

A Wind Master cigarette lighter (.D) manufactured for Marvel Foods, Inc. Brushed metal lighter with hinged lid is engraved with Chinese characters and “MARVEL FOODS INC./MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.” in red ink. Lighter and instruction booklet (.E) is housed in two-piece cardboard packaging (.A-C) labeled “The/WIND MASTER/lighter”.

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MPL Art Gallery http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/mpl-art-gallery/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/mpl-art-gallery/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17388

A view of the art gallery in the Minneapolis Public Library at 10th and Hennepin in 1908.

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Race Winner http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/race-winner/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/race-winner/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17384

The winner of an auto race receiving his trophy from a masked woman, May 20, 1951.

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

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Tonka Truck and Bike http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/tonka-truck-and-bike/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/tonka-truck-and-bike/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17381

A toy ‘hot’ pickup truck of bright blue steel with ‘Tonka’ decal on doors & bed walls, built-in roll bar & CB antenna, orange & black plastic motorcycle anchored in bed, 4 black tires with ‘XR 101′ in raised letters on sidewalls, also includes tire jack, model number 2953, by Tonka Toys, Mound, MN, 1978.

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Railroad Cruet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/railroad-cruet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/railroad-cruet/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17378

Clear glass cruet with stopper, used by the Great Northern Railway, likely manufactured between 1922 and 1935. The cruet has a loop handle at the top and faceted glass stopper and is etched with the logo of the Great Northern Railway, the image of a mountain goat encircled by the words “GREAT / NORTHERN”. Its size suggests that it was likely used for oil, vinegar, or salad dressing.

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Reception Gown http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/reception-gown/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/reception-gown/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17375

A two-piece claret-colored velvet and taffeta reception gown with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand and machine sewn. It was made by dressmaker Miss Jane E. Turner of New York for Mary LeDuc in September, 1877 and worn by Mrs. LeDuc at a White House reception with Mrs. Hayes, October 1877.

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Millers Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/millers-jersey-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/08/millers-jersey-2/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17372

A wool jersey with “MILLERS” in black and orange felt letters on the front and the number “25″ on the back. The jersey was worn by pitcher Alex Konikowski in 1956.

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Art Collector http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/art-collector/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/art-collector/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17368

Minnesota art collector and patron Charles Bolles-Rogers posing in front of his portrait painted by Minnesota artist Frances Cranmer Greenman.

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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Ojibwe Epaulets http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ojibwe-epaulets/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ojibwe-epaulets/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17365

A pair of beadwork epaulets for the shoulders of a shirt. Made by the Ojibwe and dated circa 1910.

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Vikings Helmet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/vikings-helmet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/vikings-helmet/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17362

Football helmet used by Minnesota Vikings safety Paul Krause during the mid- to late 1970s. Krause played for the Vikings from 1968 to 1979 and is the NFL all-time interception leader with 81. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Newspaper Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/newspaper-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/newspaper-bag/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17359

A rectangular yellow cotton canvas bag with padded shoulder strap and “THE/MINNEAPOLIS/STAR” printed on one side in black and orange. Used by a Minnesota newspaper delivery boy in the 1970s.

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Workers http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/workers/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/workers/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17356

An oil on canvas painting made as part of the WPA Art Project showing a group of workers taking a break, made by Dorothea Lau in 1935.

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Ike and a Coonskin Cap http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ike-and-a-coonskin-cap/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ike-and-a-coonskin-cap/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17351

Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower greets a bearded fan with a coon-skin cap during a visit to Minnesota in September 1952.

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

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Surly Bill http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/surly-bill/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/surly-bill/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17348

A pint glass produced by Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (now located in Minneapolis), following the passage of the “Surly Bill” in 2011. This law allows breweries to apply for a license to distribute their beer for retail sale and sell on the brewery’s premises. The front has an opaque white printed image of the State Capitol building behind a hand holding a Surly pint glass encircled by text that reads “POWER OF THE PINT / With your help, we changed the law”.

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Swimming http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/swimming/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/swimming/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17345

A tintype showing Frances Goodman Heilbron and a group of her friends wearing swimming costumes. Made in 1890.

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Sharp Shooter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/sharp-shooter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/sharp-shooter/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17342

A Spencer .52 caliber repeating carbine with a walnut stock, iron mountings, and a round barrel with an elevating notched rear sight and a German silver blade front sight. The carbine was used during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Black’s unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the Battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.

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

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DQ Ice Cream http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/dq-ice-cream/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/dq-ice-cream/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17339

A promotional sign advertising the Dairy Queen Black Magic sundae with Angel Food and Hot Fudge. Created by National Dairy Queen Development Company, 1955.

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New Bikes http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/new-bikes/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/new-bikes/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17317

Two youngsters win new bikes before a baseball game between the St. Paul Saints and Louisville on May 12, 1951.

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

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Toy Hardware Store http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/toy-hardware-store/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/toy-hardware-store/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17314

A “My Merry Hardware Store” that includes Scott’s grass seed, watering can, shovel, Soilax household cleaner, scrub brush, Windex, sponge, broom, paint roller, ruler and Scotch sandpaper. Copyright 1959 Merry Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

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“Sir Rodney” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/%e2%80%9csir-rodney%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/%e2%80%9csir-rodney%e2%80%9d/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:15:40 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17324

“Hitting .300 is almost like a cause, a campaign.”
–Rod Carew’s Art and Science of Hitting, 1986

“Keep your eye on the ball and hit’em where they ain’t.”  So went the mantra of 1890s right fielder William “Wee Willie” Keeler, perhaps baseball’s greatest place hitter.  In 1964, more than half a century after Keeler retired, the Minnesota Twins signed a 19-year-old Panamanian who would rival Wee Willie’s wizardry with the bat. Rod Carew made his big league debut as a second baseman with the Twins in 1967, hitting .292 and winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.  Carew had 12 stellar seasons with Minnesota, culminating with a career-high .388 batting average in 1977.  In 1979 he was traded to the California Angels and led the team to two division titles before retiring in 1985.  With a lifetime .328 average and 3,053 hits, Carew was a sure bet for baseball’s Hall of Fame, which enshrined the slugger in 1991.  But what made Sir Rodney a truly exceptional player was more than his seven batting titles (a feat surpassed only by Ty Cobb) and 18 consecutive All-Star Game selections.

He approached hitting as a vocation, studying pitchers and adjusting his stance to spray balls to all parts of the field.  “He has an uncanny ability to move the ball around as if the bat were some kind of magic wand,” recalled Oakland A’s hurler Ken Holtzman.

A member of the Twins’ vaunted “Lumber Company” offense, Carew used this 32-ounce Hillerich & Bradsby bat to secure batting crowns in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  Bearing pine tar residue on the handle and ball marks on the barrel, the bat also features Carew’s autograph and “HOF 7/21/91,” the date of his Hall of Fame induction.

Adam Scher, Senior Object Curator

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Vase http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/vase/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/vase/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17311

A tumbler-shaped earthenware vase with line drawings of stylized fish made by Minnesota artist Amy Sabrina in 1999.

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Corps Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/corps-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/corps-badge/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17308

A Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac shamrock or trefoil-shaped corps badge composed of machine-sewn red, white, and blue cotton thread. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

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Ojibwe Creel http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ojibwe-creel/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/ojibwe-creel/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17305

An Ojibwe fishing creel made from reeds stained from blackberries, dated circa 1920s.

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Cultural Traditions in Minnesota http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/cultural-traditions-in-minnesota/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/cultural-traditions-in-minnesota/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:46:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17320

Minnesota’s culture reflects its diverse population, with influences beginning with Minnesota’s Dakota and Ojibwe population, moving through waves of European immigration, and more recently by communities of Latin American, African, and East Asian immigrants.

Currently on display in the Library Lobby is a small selection of some of these cultural traditions. Beautiful and telling, these items give an idea of all the talent in our fair state through time.

The display also in includes the recently acquired work of Ricardo Gómez (see above), who became the first Minnesotan of Puerto Rican heritage to be represented in the MNHS’s Collection. We are thrilled to have these examples of traditional yet contemporary work, documenting an incredible artist and his vibrant community.

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Hanging Out http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hanging-out/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hanging-out/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17295

Some cool cats hanging outside Mel’s Bar in Minneapolis on January 19, 1954.

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

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Hamm’s 3.2 Beer Bottle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hamm%e2%80%99s-3-2-beer-bottle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hamm%e2%80%99s-3-2-beer-bottle/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17292

A clear glass beer bottle “PREFERRED STOCK” from the Hamm’s brewing company. Circa the 1930s.

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Collapsible Cup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/collapsible-cup/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/collapsible-cup/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17289

A nickel-plated brass collapsible cup with a folding handle and a lidded leather case. The cup belonged to John B. Sanborn, a Minnesota State Senator and member of the Indian Peace Commission. He was also president of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1903.

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Hot Day in July http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hot-day-in-july/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/hot-day-in-july/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17286

A group of farmers threshing on a hot July day in 1938.

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

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AIM Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/aim-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/aim-patch/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17283

An AIM/Remember Wounded Knee patch with black and red embroidery. Circa 1973. The Wounded Knee Incident began in February of 1973 when AIM activists occupied Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in protest against chairman Richard Wilson.

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Freedom Train http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/freedom-train/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/freedom-train/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17279

An exterior view of the “Freedom Train” which visited Minneapolis on May 4, 1948 and which carried the original versions of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights.

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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Taconite Leaflet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/taconite-leaflet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/taconite-leaflet/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17276

A leaflet in support of the campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to freeze the taxation of taconite and related businesses for 25 years, which passed in 1964 with 80% approval from Minnesota voters. An envelope containing taconite pellets is stapled to the leaflet. The leaflet is printed on the front, in part: “This is TACONITE! / You have just received processed Taconite Pellets from Minnesota’s famous Mesabi Iron Range.” and “TACONITE / Minnesota’s Rock of Opportunity” with what, where, when, why and how explained below. “WHAT ABOUT THE PROPOSED TACONITE TAX AMENDMENT?” followed by explanatory information is printed on the back.

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Rural Landscape http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/rural-landscape/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/07/rural-landscape/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17273

A screenprint on paper showing a rural landscape with a barn, horses and fields. Made by Syd Fossum in 1947.

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Star Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/star-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/star-quilt/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17270

A star pattern cotton pieced quilt. Large central eight-pointed star made of diamond shaped cotton prints. Pieced eight-pointed stars in the spaces around the central star. Inner border of diamonds with stars at the corners. Middle border of eight-pointed stars. Chintz outer border with edge folded over to back. Hand pieced and hand quilted. Elaborately quilted flower motifs, parallel lines and outline quilting. Made in the 1840s.

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Sawed Off Shotgun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/sawed-off-shotgun-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/sawed-off-shotgun-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17267

Parker VH grade sawed off shotgun. This double trigger, double barreled, side by side 20 gauge shotgun is made of engraved”Vulcan” fluid steel and has checkered walnut stocks. The barrels and forestock have been sawed off at 9.6 inches; the shoulder stock has been cut to leave only a pistol grip, which is wrapped in black electrical tape. Confiscated by the Minneapolis Police Department in 1992.

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Lure Display http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/lure-display/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/lure-display/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17264

A man studies a display of historic fishing lures from the 1920s and 30s on April 22, 1953.

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

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Tiffany Lamp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/tiffany-lamp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/tiffany-lamp/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17261

A Tiffany Studios “The Twilight” kerosene lamp consisting of (.A) decagonal base of mold blown favrile glass with Tiffany sticker and “2393″ etched into the base, (.B) a cylindrical insert of pearlescent glass and gold-colored kerosene apparatus at top, ‘TIFFANY’ on wick adjustment knob and ‘THE TWILIGHT/PAT MAY 22. 1894′ on shade frame, (.C) a small chimney of amber favrile glass, and (.D) a crenellated glass shade with “2638″ scratched vertically onto the lip. Circa 1894.

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Lynx Pennant http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/lynx-pennant/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/lynx-pennant/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17258

A felt pennant featuring logos for the Minnesota Lynx professional women’s basketball team and the WNBA. The pennant reads “1999 / MINNESOTA / LYNX / inaugural season” in blue, green, white and orange.

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Compass http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/compass-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/compass-2/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17254

A compass carried by William R. Marshall of the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the Civil War. Marshall would later be elected Governor of Minnesota.

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Dakota Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/dakota-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/dakota-bag/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17251

A Dakota/Lakota carrying or storage bag made of tanned leather, circa 1900. A beadwork panel on the front of the bag features geometric designs in shades of yellow, blue, green and red on a white background. Similar panels decorate the sides and top flap of the bag, as do pairs of tinkler cones terminating in tufts of dyed-red horsehair.

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1980 Twins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/1980-twins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/1980-twins/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17235

A color photograph of the 1980 Minnesota Twins baseball team. Although they finished third in their division, only one player made the All-Star team, outfielder Ken Landreaux (third from left in the middle row).

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A-Mill License Plate http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/a-mill-license-plate/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/a-mill-license-plate/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17231

A personalized Minnesota license plate issued to Pillsbury employee and manager of the A-Mill Richard Ferrell in 1980.

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

For more information on the Richard Ferrell collection at MNHS, please view the finding aid here.

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Carter-Mondale Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/carter-mondale-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/carter-mondale-button/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17227

A green Carter/Mondale 1980 button. The 1980 election pitted incumbent Jimmy Carter against Ronald Reagan.

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Stay Tuned for Another Daybook http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/stay-tuned-for-another-daybook/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/stay-tuned-for-another-daybook/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:39:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17238
Research has begun for the forthcoming World War I Daybook blog!

My name is Molly Kamph, and through the Minnesota Historical Society’s internship program, I acted as the first World War I Daybook Research Intern. Over the past few months, I have surveyed the vast collections of the Minnesota Historical Society in order to lay the foundations for the World War I Daybook blog, scheduled to launch in April, 2017.

Much of my work involved reading through the huge collection of manuscripts and attempting to make connections to other collections like artifacts, photographs and posters, and even recorded pieces from the Oral History collections, through associated dates, events, or general themes. Many of the manuscripts I initially examined discussed the war efforts abroad, but I also found many sources that detailed the various examples of sociopolitical turmoil occurring in Minnesota and the United States.

One particularly interesting example from the MNHS manuscript collections was Walter E. Quigley’s reminiscence entitled “Out where the west begins”, which describes his time as an organizer for the Nonpartisan League (NPL), an organization advocating for state ownership of various farm-related industries. The League began in North Dakota and became fairly popular in Minnesota during World War I. Leading up to the election of 1918, the Nonpartisan League started the Farmer-Labor Party and endorsed candidates running for numerous positions locally, statewide, and nationally to further their left-leaning platform.

Nonpartisan League opponents immediately began to rally against the League. Many within the government were against the League and their aims. For example, Quigley mentions that on October 7, 1918, former president Theodore Roosevelt came to Minneapolis to endorse Governor J.A.A. Burnquist’s reelection and to denounce the NPL. Due to the mention of Roosevelt, I was able to make a connection between the Quigley manuscript and some photographs within the Audio/Visual collections. Two photographs from October 7, 1918 show former president Theodore Roosevelt speaking with Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company workers on behalf of Minnesota Governor J.A.A. Burnquist.

Some opponents of the Nonpartisan League were more violent. League supporters John Meintz and Nels Hokstad, were tarred and feathered by a mob of those opposing the NPL, who saw the League as “pro-German” and “yellow”. Meintz (top) and Hokstad (bottom) are shown in this photograph. Meintz’s ordeal is also mentioned in Quigley’s account. Quigley states, “Mob rule became the worse after the primary [of 1918]. W.W. Latta, editor of the paper at Luverne, and friend of the League, was deported into Iowa. John Meintz in western Minnesota was tarred and feathered… The homes of many League workers were painted yellow, organizers were chased out of dozens of cities and towns; and all in all, the campaign was intensified by the war spirit” (Quigley p.67, 73).

Overall, the collections at the Minnesota Historical Society demonstrate the varied aspects of this complex time in Minnesota and the United States. We hope that you all will join us in April of 2017 for the launch of the World War I Daybook.

Citations:

  • Quigley, Walter Eli. “Out where the west begins”. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2302]
  • Men tarred and feathered in Minnesota during 1918 campaign by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers. Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [J1.4 p26]
  • Theodore Roosevelt speaking to workers at Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Company. Minnesota Historical Society. St Paul, Minnesota. [E435.19 p10]
  • Theodore Roosevelt speaking to workers at Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co. Minnesota Historical Society. St. Paul, Minnesota. [E435.19 p11]
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Taste Show Lounge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/taste-show-lounge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/taste-show-lounge/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17224

A color photograph taken by Minnesota photographer Charles Chamblis in 1980 showing a group of guys hanging out at the Taste Show Lounge in Minneapolis.

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Firehouse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/firehouse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/firehouse/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17221

A block print on paper showing a firehouse on the East side of St. Paul. Made by Gary Egger in 1980.

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The Lakers Celebrate http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/the-lakers-celebrate/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/the-lakers-celebrate/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17214

The Minneapolis Lakers basketball team celebrates after winning game 7 of the 1954 NBA Championships.

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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Prison Knife http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/prison-knife/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/prison-knife/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17211

A knife allegedly made for escaping from the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater in 1922.

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Rollerblades http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/rollerblades/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/rollerblades/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17208

A pair of black “Rollerblades” in-line skates and box. One side of box reads, “Manufactured By / OLE’S INNOVATIVE SPORTS / Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A.” 1984. Although in-line skates were used as far back as the 1850s, they were not widely available commercially until a Minneapolis hockey player named Scott Olson founded the company that would later become Rollerblade.

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Motorcycling http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/motorcycling/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/motorcycling/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17205

A black and white photograph of Arthur Roach and friends out on a motorcycle ride in 1905.

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Civil Rights Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/civil-rights-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/civil-rights-button/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17202

A pin-back button with a civil rights/feminist movement slogan reading “NO ONE / CAN MAKE / YOU FEEL / INFERIOR /WITHOUT / YOUR / CONSENT”. This quote is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. Made in the 1980s.

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Summertime is Laketime! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/summertime-is-laketime/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/summertime-is-laketime/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:58:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17217
Check out our new post on the Huffington Post about summer…it will make you want to hit the lakes! Enjoy the season!

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Willie Mays in Town http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/willie-mays-in-town/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/willie-mays-in-town/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17197

New York Giants baseball player Willie Mays signs an autograph for a young fan while in Minnesota for an exhibition game against the Minneapolis Millers on August 11, 1954. The Millers were the AAA team for the Giants at this time.

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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Boundary Waters Beer http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/boundary-waters-beer/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/boundary-waters-beer/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17194

A rectangular cardboard box with a large logo reading: “JAMES PAGE BREWERY CO. / Boundary Waters / BEER / MADE FROM / MINNESOTA / … / WILD RICE / MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA” with a loon at the center. Manufactured by Georgia-Pacific Corp. of Minneapolis in 1990. See also bottles 1990.247.2.1-6.

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Fish Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/fish-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/fish-trophy/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17191

A painted wooden fish with metal fins and a synthetic fur coat mounted to wood plaque. The “trophy” was crafted by Dr. Alfred Tangen, circa 1948. The poem affixed to the plaque reads:

It got so cold in ‘48
We used icicles for our bait!
The fish all huddled in a school
(an energy conservation pool).
They shook and shivered until when
Their numbers dwindled down to ten.
So Mother Nature did her thing
Her adaptation rule is king.
I hesitate this tale to share,
The naked fish did sorely fare.
The fish I’d seen were always bare
The one I caught was wearing hair!

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Hmong Story Cloth http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/hmong-story-cloth-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/hmong-story-cloth-2/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17186

A story cloth featuring activities of the Hmong New Year celebration. The embroidered scenes include Hmong engaged in courtship games, music, games of skill, food preparation and feasting. Figures are walking and riding horseback. Animals include roosters, wild boar, fighting bulls and farm animals. Mountains form the upper row with flowers repeated throughout. The activities are repeated at the center with a communal feast at the bottom. The background cloth is a blue cotton/polyester with multiple appliquéd borders of blue, gray and off-white cotton/polyester. Made in a refugee camp in Thailand and made available for sale at Hmong Handwork store, St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1980.

To view more Hmong textile work, please visit the Paj Ntaub exhibit at the James J. Hill House. It runs from April 10 to November 29, 2015.

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Self Portrait http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/self-portrait/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/06/self-portrait/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17182

A color screen-print on paper self portrait made by Minnesota artist Syd Fossum in 1965.

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Car Trouble http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/car-trouble/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/car-trouble/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17179

The Oregon Jaycees’ have some car trouble while in a parade during the 1953 Jaycees convention in 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.

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99th Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/99th-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/99th-patch/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17176

A uniform patch, depicting a Viking ship at sea, designed for and worn by members of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate), Company B during World War II. The unit was created at Camp Ripley in 1942 and contained exclusively Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans.

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View of Fort Snelling http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/view-of-fort-snelling/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/view-of-fort-snelling/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17173

A carte-de-visite photograph showing Fort Snelling and the Minnesota River valley in 1865.

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Milk Carton Kayak http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/milk-carton-kayak/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/milk-carton-kayak/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17170

A kayak constructed of waxed paper milk cartons over wooden frame with masonite supports. Brands of milk cartons used include Land-O-Lakes, Target, Polka-Dot Dairy, Inc., Dairy Fresh Brand, Purity-Ohleen, Franklin and Farmdale. Large advertisement stickers adhered to top of kayak are for sponsors including radio stations KDWB 63, and WDGY and Dairy Queen. The paddle wheel attachment is constructed of masonite with wood beam supports. Paddle hand crank made of white PVC pipe connected to wood supports with a small metal bracket connected to wood. Used in the 1971 Minneapolis Aquatennial.

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Dakota Beaded Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dakota-beaded-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dakota-beaded-bag/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17167

A Dakota bag decorated with geometric beadwork. Given to Frances Densmore from Chief Red Fox of the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota in the 1910s.

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Big Fish http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/big-fish/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/big-fish/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17162

A St. Paul woman trying to figure out how to cook an enormous fish, June 2, 1952.

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

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Dutchman’s Breeches http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dutchmans-breeches/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/dutchmans-breeches/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17159

A watercolor on paper botanical illustration showing the early woodland wildflower Dutchman’s Breeches. Made by Minnesota artist Lloyd Quackenbush for the WPA Art Project in 1941.

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MSP Map http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/msp-map/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/msp-map/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17156

A hand-drawn color map of Minneapolis and St. Paul listing the “101 neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the 127 neighborhoods of St. Paul”. Drawn by Rosalind Lyons and published by Big Stick in 2003.

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Platter by Richard Bresnahan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/platter-by-richard-bresnahan-2/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17153

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

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Sleeping Rabbit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/sleeping-rabbit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/sleeping-rabbit/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17150

A tintype photograph of Sleeping Rabbit and his family made in 1880.

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Restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/restoration-of-the-minnesota-state-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/restoration-of-the-minnesota-state-capitol/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 15:22:44 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17138
We, as the Collections Department, clearly love the Collections that tell the story of Minnesota and its people. But we also love field trips, especially those to historic sites. Many of us happen to be civics or architectural nerds (or both), so we were very excited and grateful for the opportunity to visit the Minnesota State Captiol during its current major (and greatly needed) renovation. We had so much fun – thank you to Sondra Reierson for the photos; to the Site; manager Brian Pease; and the construction company for making this possible!

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Scoreboard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/scoreboard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/scoreboard/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17126

On this day, May 15 in 1896, the Saint Paul Saints baseball team played their first home game at Aurora Park. This photograph shows the Saints scoreboard operator at work during a May 18, 1950 game.

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

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Baseball Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/baseball-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/baseball-trophy/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17122

A silver trophy baseball with a tripod baseball bat stand. The ball is engraved: “Northwestern Exhibition & Fair / Winona Minn. / Champion Ball / Won by the Clippers of Winona in a match game with the Silver Stars of Northfield / Sep 10, 1875″.

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Patchwork Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/patchwork-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/patchwork-quilt/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17119

A cotton patchwork quilt with a simple pinwheel pattern, made in the 1850s.

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Gunflint Trail Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/gunflint-trail-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/gunflint-trail-patch/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17116

A Grand Marais and Gunflint Trail promotional patch, circa 1986. The Gunflint Trail was originally a foot path, but is now a 57 mile paved road stretching from Grand Marais to Saganaga Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

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Abolitionist Hutchinson Family Sheet Music http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/abolitionist-hutchinson-family-sheet-music/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/abolitionist-hutchinson-family-sheet-music/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:51:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17130

The Minnesota Historical Society has a very extensive sheet music collection, focusing on Minnesota subjects, publishers, and composers. They are an emotional, celebratory, sometimes funny, and usually graphic representation of the State’s history.

Our new favorite piece of sheet music is an 1844 abolitionist song we recently acquired at an auction in New York. It was written by Jesse Hutchinson, of the famous Hutchinson Family singers. The Hutchinsons were super stars, an internationally famous family of itinerant singers, known for their four-part harmonies and abolitionist views. This song, “Get Off the Track,” may have been their most well known anti-slavery tune.

Minnesota has an important and unique connection to the Hutchinson Family Singers. Eleven years after this music was published three of the brothers, John, Asa, and Judson, homesteaded in Minnesota establishing the town of Hutchinson, on the banks of the Crow River.

This one piece of sheet music gives us a glimpse into both the cultural significance of popular music and political debate in the era just preceding Minnesota’s establishment as a Territory and the outbreak of the American Civil War.

See the article in Minnesota History for more details on the Hutchinsons’ story.

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/bandolier-bag-4/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/bandolier-bag-4/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17113

An Ojibwe bandolier bag with a beaded floral pattern most likely made in the 1890s. It was reportedly obtained through William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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Duck-boat Rescue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/duck-boat-rescue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/duck-boat-rescue/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17106

A Minnesota National Guard duck-boat rescues a homeowner from the rising Mississippi River during the floods of April 1952.

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

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Casting Spoon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/casting-spoon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/casting-spoon/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 05:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17103

A fly fishing casting spoon and envelope made by G.M. Skinner in Clayton, New York, circa 1894. Used by James J. Hill. The backing card reads “Skinner’s New Casting Spoon, / Used With or Without Bait.”

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Spring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/spring-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/spring-2/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 05:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17100

A lithograph showing a spring scene with flowering bushes, farm houses and fields. Made for the WPA Federal Art Project in 1941 by Alexander Oja.

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Charlie Brown http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/charlie-brown/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/charlie-brown/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17097

A vinyl “Good Ole Charlie Brown” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

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More Music! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/more-music/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/more-music/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 15:26:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17109 Our most recent Huffington Post post on the new music display in the Library Lobby is now available! Take a look at Minnesota Music and come see it in person. Find out what these keys are all about!

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Fidelitone Dual Turntable http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/fidelitone-dual-turntable-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/fidelitone-dual-turntable-2/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17094

A Fidelitone Model 3141 comprised of a dual turntable, 3 pickups, and 5-tube amplifier with microphone input housed in a portable cabinet. Designed and marketed by the George K. Culbertson Company of Minneapolis, MN, 1940-1960.

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Civil War Daybook – Epilogue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/civil-war-daybook-%e2%80%93-epilogue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/civil-war-daybook-%e2%80%93-epilogue/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17090 Thank you to all of the readers and subscribers of the Civil War Daybook blog. As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War comes to an end and soldiers begin returning home, this will be our final post. We at the Minnesota Historical Society are extremely grateful for your appreciation of Minnesota’s Civil War history, and hope you have enjoyed the collections featured in this blog.

For more information about Minnesota and the Civil War please see:

The conclusion of the American Civil War comes in a series of Confederate surrenders throughout the spring and summer of 1865. Some of the most notable events include:

  • April 9, 1865 General Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in VirginiaApril 15, 1865 US President Lincoln dies
  • April 26, 1865 General Johnston surrenders his armies at Bennett Place in North Carolina
  • May 9, 1865 US President Andrew Johnson declares the armed resistance “virtually” ended
  • May 10, 1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured at Washington, Georgia
  • June 23, 1865 the last Confederate general to surrender, Cherokee Brigadier General Stand Watie, surrenders at Fort Towson
  • August 20, 1866 US President Andrew Johnson signs a proclamation of peace – Proclamation 157 – Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America, August 20, 1866.

Between July and September, 1865, the majority of Minnesota’s soldiers were discharged at Fort Snelling. To learn more about veterans’ homecoming experience, don’t miss Civil War Weekend at the Fort, August 15-16, 2015.

If you’re curious about what happened in the lives of some of the regular contributors to this blog after their discharge, check out the post-war biographies below.

James Madison Bowler (3rd Minnesota Regiment) remained in the army after the conclusion of the Civil War (much to the frustration of his wife, Elizabeth) until he was mustered out in April, 1866. When he returned to Minnesota he held a number of different jobs, including farming and railroad construction, eventually settling in Saint Paul. He served as a representative in the Minnesota Legislature in 1878, and was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1896 and 1898. James Bowler died in 1916, and is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Dr. Ebenezer Mattocks Brewer (2nd and 7th Minnesota Regiments) was mustered out of service in August, 1865, and returned to Saint Paul to establish a medical practice. He served as the Saint Paul city physician and health officer from 1867-1871 and 1874-1880, and was the Ramsey County deputy coroner in 1870 and physician from 1874-1882. He moved to Faribault, Minnesota, in 1882 where he continued his practice until his retirement in 1900. Ebenezer Brewer is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Saint Paul.

Thomas Davidson Christie (1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery) was discharged in 1865 and surveyed land for the Winona and St. Peter Railroad Company near Winona, Minnesota. He began attended Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1868, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1874. He graduated from Andover Seminary in Massachusetts in 1877 and was ordained as a minister. In 1877 he and his family traveled to Turkey and did missionary work until 1920, when they returned to the United States. Thomas Christie died in 1921 in Pasadena, California.

Charles Goddard (1st Minnesota Regiment) was mustered out of service with his regiment in May, 1864, and returned to his hometown of Winona, Minnesota. He suffered from the pain of the wound he received at the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as mental trauma of what we might now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Goddard moved from job to job after his discharge and died of tuberculosis in 1868 at the age of 23. He is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona, where Mathew Marvin (also of the 1st Minnesota) was the caretaker.

Matthew Marvin (1st Minnesota Regiment) was officially mustered out of service with his regiment in 1864 while he was in Chicago, still recovering from the wound he received at Gettysburg. Marvin returned to his family home in St. Charles, Illinois, to complete his recovery. In 1871 he moved with his wife Angie to Winona, Minnesota, and in 1873 he was appointed as the caretaker of Woodlawn Cemetery. He died in 1903, and is buried in Woodlawn. His daughter, Mabel Marvin, gave a reading at the dedication of the First Minnesota monument at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle.

Thomas Montgomery (7th Minnesota Regiment, 76th, 67th, and 65th U.S. Colored Regiments) was discharged from service in 1867 and settled in Saint Peter, Minnesota, with his wife Sarah. He was appointed to the state Board of Equalization in 1887 and moved to Saint Paul, where he served as alderman. He also served in numerous positions within the Masonic orders. Thomas Montgomery died in 1907 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Saint Paul.

Finally, we invite you to join us in April, 2017 for the launch of the World War I Daybook blog, which will begin on the centennial of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany.

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Hotel Fire http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/hotel-fire/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/05/hotel-fire/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17065

A fire at the Tower Hotel on Seven Corners in Minneapolis, November 25, 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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“Surrender!” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Press – April 30, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/surrender-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-april-30-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/surrender-and-from-washington-the-saint-paul-press-april-30-1865/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17087

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Tonka Van http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/tonka-van/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/tonka-van/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17062

A white steel & blue plastic toy van with removable sunroof & ‘Mr. Goodwrench/KEEP THAT GREAT GM [General Motors]…’ decal on side, also included are Mr. Goodwrench figure, jack, spare tire, tool chest, creeper, gas tank, barrel cart with hoses, & garage sign, in original package. Made by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1982.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-29-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-april-29-1865/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17083 Clear & warm. On duty as Regt. C Off. Of Day, and very busy in putting the boat in a good cleanly condition. Had it washed out. The fleet of Boats dropped down about six miles to M Culluns’s point to a higher spot of ground & disembarked. I remained up stationed Camp Guard & &.

Citation: April 29, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1865. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Salt and Pepper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/salt-and-pepper-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/04/salt-and-pepper-2/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17059

A porcelain salt and pepper set in the form of Paul Bunyan and Babe, The Blue Ox. Circa 1970s.

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