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, 31 Oct 2014 16:32:19 +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 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-october-29-1864/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:12:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15940 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 29 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” It appears to be a slow, (or perhaps busy) time for Marvin, since his only comments for the past several days are about the weather.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A partial transcription of the letter:

Harrisonville MO
Oct 28th 1864

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

See entire letter here: 1864-10-28_Brewer_combined

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duane Swanson
Manuscripts Curator


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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

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

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

A crowd gathers around an overturned car on a Minneapolis street on July 26, 1937.

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

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

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
October 23rd, 1864

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



See entire letter here: 1864-10-23_Bowler_combined

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A photograph of two Minneapolis and Star Tribune helicopters taking off from a baseball field in October 1947.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A partial transcription of the letter:

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

See entire letter here: 1864-10-14_Mattocks_combine_res

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A photograph of two men duck hunting in Minnesota on October 9th, 1937.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hardanger Fiddle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hardanger-fiddle-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/10/hardanger-fiddle-2/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15728

A Hardanger fiddle, so called because of its use of four unstopped drone strings and its style of decoration. Brought to Audubon, MN in 1882 by donor’s father, Peder O. Aure (b. 1858, Norway). Inscription inside instrument dates it to 1847.

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“Letters from Minnesota Regiments in the Field” and “Gen. Philip H. Sheridan”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letters-from-minnesota-regiments-in-the-field-and-gen-philip-h-sheridan-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letters-from-minnesota-regiments-in-the-field-and-gen-philip-h-sheridan-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-30-1864/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15718

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Portrait of Clem Haupers http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/portrait-of-clem-haupers/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/portrait-of-clem-haupers/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15725

An oil on canvas painting of Minnesota artist Clem Haupers made by Pat Kennedy Crump in 1966.

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“The Rebels North, and South”, “From the Shenandoah Valley” and “McClellan Responsible”, The Wabasha County Herald – September 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-rebels-north-and-south-from-the-shenandoah-valley-and-mcclellan-responsible-the-wabasha-county-herald-september-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-rebels-north-and-south-from-the-shenandoah-valley-and-mcclellan-responsible-the-wabasha-county-herald-september-29-1864/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15715

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Outboard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/outboard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/outboard/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15722

A gas powered “Champion” outboard motor made by Sig Konrad, Monarch Motor Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1925-1940.

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“Patriotism of Minnesota”, Weary of the War”, and “Atlanta, Ga.”, The Rochester Republican – September 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/patriotism-of-minnesota-weary-of-the-war-and-atlanta-ga-the-rochester-republican-september-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/patriotism-of-minnesota-weary-of-the-war-and-atlanta-ga-the-rochester-republican-september-28-1864/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15712

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Diary entry by Nathan Palmeter – September 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-nathan-palmeter-september-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-nathan-palmeter-september-27-1864/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15709 Entry in the diary of James Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., by Nathan Palmeter, also of the 9th Regiment, Co C., who is a captive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia and has taken over the diary since the death of James Woodbury. On September 27 he writes, “not so cold this morning as before[.] cook a cup of rice for Breakfast[.] was king at the well to day[.] two meals is all to day[.] Beans for supper[.]”


Citation:  September 27, James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-26-1864/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15706 Cool morning[.] Clear and pleasant[.] On duty as Regimental Officer of theDay. Shortened my tent, shut it up in the end, and made it much more comfortable[.] Recd. 3 letters[,] one from mother & Bros, one from Lt Talbot, & one from Miss Talbot. Glad to get them[.] Recd. [comy.] clothing from Port Hudson by Capt Whitford[.]

Citation: September 26, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Missing Landing Gear http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/missing-landing-gear/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/missing-landing-gear/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15692

The Wold-Chamberlain Airfield Crew working on a Northwest airplane that lost its front landing gear. Aug 2, 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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New Library Resource Available – Military Records from Fold3! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/new-library-resource-available-military-records-from-fold3/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/new-library-resource-available-military-records-from-fold3/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:46:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15738

Fold3, formerly Footnote, is often considered the premiere tool for online access to military records. The MNHS Library has just started a subscription, so researchers in the Reading Room will have access to the tremendous holdings on military history and service from Library of Congress, National Archives, and other repositories.

This resource is a treasure trove for people doing family history; military history; veterans; researchers; and teachers. Learn more about it here.

The MNHS Library is free and open to the public; see our hours here. We have staff available to help get you started. Come see what you can find!

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“The Sixth Regiment” and “What Grant is Waiting For”, The Saint Paul Press – September 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-sixth-regiment-and-what-grant-is-waiting-for-the-saint-paul-press-september-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-sixth-regiment-and-what-grant-is-waiting-for-the-saint-paul-press-september-25-1864/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:00:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15703

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Bottle Vase http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bottle-vase/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bottle-vase/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15689

A porcelain bottle vase made by Minnesota artist Jan Bilek in the early 2000s.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-24-1864/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15699 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. Currently, Marvin is visiting friends in Iowa, and on September 24 he writes, “Weather pleasant”. On September 22 he wrote, “Went with Add to Allden [Alden, IA] for a load of Lumber[.] It is very pretty for a new town[,] is rather scatterd[.] Population about 500, has a Saw mill & [Grist] Mill […] Hatells is situated on the Iowa River & is 6 miles above Iowa Falls[.] Weather pleasant[.]”



See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-09-24_Marvin_combined

Citation: September 15 – 26, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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JFK in Duluth http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/jfk-in-duluth/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/jfk-in-duluth/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15686

On this day, September 24 in 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at the University of Minnesota – Duluth about the area’s high unemployment rate.

This photograph, signed by Hubert Humphrey, is from that day and shows Kennedy with Senator McCarthy, Rep. Fraser, Governor Rolvaag and Humphrey at the Duluth airport.

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“The Latest By Telegraph”, “From Washington”, and “The Prisoners at Andersonville”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-washington-and-the-prisoners-at-andersonville-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-washington-and-the-prisoners-at-andersonville-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-23-1864/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15696

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1st MN http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/1st-mn/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/1st-mn/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15683

A photograph of the officers and field staff from the 1st Minnesota Volunteers standing outside the commandant’s quarters at Fort Snelling in May of 1861.

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“Who Commenced This War?” and “Patriotism of Minnesota”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – September 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/who-commenced-this-war-and-patriotism-of-minnesota-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/who-commenced-this-war-and-patriotism-of-minnesota-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-22-1864/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15677

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Teton Dakota Vest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/teton-dakota-vest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/teton-dakota-vest/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15680

A lane-stitched beaded leather Teton Dakota vest, circa 1914.

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“Political News” and “Army Correspondence”, The Rochester Republican – September 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/political-news-and-army-correspondence-the-rochester-republican-september-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/political-news-and-army-correspondence-the-rochester-republican-september-21-1864/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15674

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“The News” and “McClellan with the Soldiers”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-and-mcclellan-with-the-soldiers-the-stillwater-messenger-september-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-and-mcclellan-with-the-soldiers-the-stillwater-messenger-september-20-1864/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15671

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-19-1864/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:00:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15667 Clear and pleasant[.] Had Battalion Drill[.] I had the command of 1st Div. Relieved Capt Wright as Regtl. Officer of the Day[.] Visited guards several times and also at night[.] Fixing up […]  Co Desk Sutlens prohibited from Post. Chaplain has resigned.

Citation: September 19, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Shooting Football http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shooting-football-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/shooting-football-2/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15656

A photographer shooting the University of Minnesota football team on September 15th, 1937.

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“Grant” and “The Rebel Statement of their own Strength”, The Saint Paul Press – September 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/grant-and-the-rebel-statement-of-their-own-strength-the-saint-paul-press-september-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/grant-and-the-rebel-statement-of-their-own-strength-the-saint-paul-press-september-18-1864/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15664

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Salt and Pepper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/salt-and-pepper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/salt-and-pepper/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15653

A pair of black and white ceramic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of the Hamm’s bear holding a sign for Hamm’s Beer in its front paws from the 1970s.

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Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany while a Confederate prisoner-of-war to his wife about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange – September 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-to-his-wife-about-his-continued-hope-of-a-prisoner-exchange-september-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-2nd-lieutenant-allen-white-tiffany-while-a-confederate-prisoner-of-war-to-his-wife-about-his-continued-hope-of-a-prisoner-exchange-september-17-1864/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15661 Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, to his wife  about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange.
A partial transcription of the letter:

C.S.A Prison Charleston S.C.
Sept. 17th 1864
My Dear wife,
[…] I am in my usual good health; we expect now very soon to be exchanged no doubt I think. Hope keeps the spirits up. Scarcety of paper makes me take this sheet, on the other piece of which a very pretty song is written, which I have crossed out. I have no money so you see cant spend any[.] get paper the best way I can, very often through the generosity of others. When I come to Min. I will tell you now, what I would like to see on the table at every meal, a bountiful pile of Min Pottatoes. never in my life did I want them so anxiously.[…] wrote you two letters from Macon[.] I wonder if they ever reached you. How do you get along? When did the wood give out I cut for you? are you all well? If we get off from here in the next ten days, may meet a letter from you. This kind of way of earning money I do not like although quite good pay and may think yet deliver me[.] Be of good cheer my dear Lizzie, always that is like me you know[,] look on the bright side. God bless you all & may our little family circle be kept entire[.] When will Mrs Baxter ever find out about the death of her husband? My good wishes to all[.]
A W Tiffany

Citation: September 17, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]

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Morrison Family http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/morrison-family/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/morrison-family/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15650

A double 1/9th plate Daguerreotype photograph of Russell and Fanny Morrison made in the 1860s.

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“The Latest by Telegraph”, McClellan’s Acceptance”, and “From Tennessee”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-mcclellans-acceptance-and-from-tennessee-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-mcclellans-acceptance-and-from-tennessee-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-16-1864/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15631

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Necklace http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/necklace/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/necklace/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15647

“Kiwi” fiber necklace with flame worked beads suspended from the edge of the necklace. Macrame necklace of bonded nylon thread with faceted beads woven into the center. Made by Bernadette Mahfood of Winona, Minnesota in 2008.

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“The End of the Rebellion Near at Hand”, “From the Fourth Regiment,” and “Little Mac Not Heard Of”, St. Cloud Democrat – September 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-end-of-the-rebellion-near-at-hand-from-the-fourth-regiment-and-little-mac-not-heard-of-st-cloud-democrat-september-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-end-of-the-rebellion-near-at-hand-from-the-fourth-regiment-and-little-mac-not-heard-of-st-cloud-democrat-september-15-1864/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15637

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Cavalry Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/cavalry-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/cavalry-jacket/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15644

United States Army cavalry enlisted soldier’s dress uniform worn by Private Oscar V. Challander of the 12th Cavalry, Company H. The gold trimmed jacket is draped with a gold aiguillette, has gilt brass General Service buttons and a standing band collar with gilt brass crossed sabers pins at either side with “12″ and “H” in the angles.

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“McClellan and Dixie”, “Letter From Gen. Grant,” and “From Gen. Sully”, The Rochester Republican – September 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/mcclellan-and-dixie-letter-from-gen-grant-and-from-gen-sully-the-rochester-republican-september-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/mcclellan-and-dixie-letter-from-gen-grant-and-from-gen-sully-the-rochester-republican-september-14-1864/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15634

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“The News”, “Gen. Grant’s view of the Situation”, and “From Washington”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-gen-grants-view-of-the-situation-and-from-washington-the-stillwater-messenger-september-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-news-gen-grants-view-of-the-situation-and-from-washington-the-stillwater-messenger-september-13-1864/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15628

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-matthew-marvin-september-12-1864/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15640 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment  who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now at his family’s home in St. Charles, Illinois. On September 12 he writes simply, “Weather Rain.” On the 14th Marvin will start on a tip to Iowa. He writes: “Packed up and started for Ioway[.] JJ gave me two tickets to Dubuque[.] Boat left at 4 Pm[.] 40 miles[...]“

Citation: September 7-14, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/squirtin-gertie/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/squirtin-gertie/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15589

A specially equipped Douglas C-54 Skymaster icing project airplane, named “Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th” in the hanger at the Ice Research Base in Minneapolis on November 18, 1947.

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

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, on staying in the Armyand the upcoming presidential election – September 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-on-staying-in-the-armyand-the-upcoming-presidential-election-september-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-on-staying-in-the-armyand-the-upcoming-presidential-election-september-11-1864/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15624 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth,  giving his thoughts on why he feel he must stay in the Army, and commenting on the Union Ticket in the upcoming presidential election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 11th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…] I wish very much to see you and be with you. I can hardly express how greatly I desire it. But at the same, it has been my intention all along to remain in the army until the end of this war. I cannot disregard your expressed wish in a matter of such right and reason on your part, yet I do not wish to be compelled to leave the army until I can see fully and clearly that we have a country in which we can live in peace and security – an undivided country and a good government. Without these I would not live in the country – I should leave it, sure. I think a few months hence will give us much light. If the copperhead ticket should be successful, the country I fear would be ruined. If the Union ticket shall succeed, and Abraham Lincoln, or any other good union man shall be elected president, the rebels will then see no hope. Besides I think the two great campaigns in Georgia and Virginia must come to some definite result before many months. At Atlanta the armies are in such position that a day may decide the result. It may take weeks or months longer to decide in Virginia. But should we be successful in beating these two great armies before election, there would be literally no opposition to the re-election of the Union ticket and no doubt about the safety of the government need to be feared. I am surprised that you should ask me how I intend to vote. You ought to know me better than that by this time. Do you think I am in earnest in staying in the army or just in fun? I shall vote the Union ticket if I live and am permitted to vote at all. Any person – kin or former friend – who shall vote for the nominee of the Chicago convention, I shall regard with contempt, as much my enemy as an armed rebel! […]
Ever your loving hubbie,
Madison

See the entire letter here: 1864-09-11_Bowler_combined res

Citation: September 11, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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Iron Ore http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/iron-ore/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/iron-ore/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15586

A gouache painting on paper of a Northern Minnesota iron mine made by Cameron Booth in 1938.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-september-10-1864/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:01 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15621 Clear and warm[.] Fell rather unwell all day long, but find great consolation in Reading the Religious Literature furnished by the Blessed Christian Comm. Wrote some letters for the boys. Drew and issued a large amount of clothing to the company. $300 worth. Cannon target practice all evening.

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

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Little Rock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/little-rock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/little-rock/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15583

On this day, September 10th in 1863 during the Civil War, the Third Minnesota Regiment is involved in the Battle of Bayou Fourche, sometimes called the Battle of Little Rock. This painting made by Stanley Arthurs commemorates this event. While the painting is normally on view in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol, the Capitol is currently undergoing renovations.

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“The Latest by Telegraph”; “From Sheridan’s Army”, and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- September 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-sheridans-army-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/the-latest-by-telegraph-from-sheridans-army-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-september-9-1864/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15618

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Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bandolier-bag-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/bandolier-bag-2/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15580

A large beaded bandolier bag with flower/bird designs and includes the initials “MF” sewn into the top of the strap.

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Recommendations Required http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/recommendations-required/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/recommendations-required/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15599 October 4, 1848, then President of the American Fur Company Ramsay Crooks writes from La Pointe Lake Superior:

Na-gwon-ay-bie, Chief of the Mille Lac [sic] Band of Chippewas has uniformly conducted himself with uncommon propriety for an Indian.

With his traders he has proven himself an honest, trustworthy man, while with the agents of the United States he enjoys the reputation of a prudent, sensible, well-disposed Chief, whose good example and discreet counsel have had a salutary effect on the characters of his people—I therefore recommend Na-gwon-a-bie [sic] to the kind consideration of all who esteem public and private worth as a person fully entitled to their confidence and good offices.

The preceding transcription is from a document in a newly acquisitioned collection that gives a glimpse into the complex relationships between Native American and European fur traders in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Crooks letter of recommendation for Chief Negwanebi.

Negwanebi was First Chief of (what was then known as) the Mille Lacs Indians. He served as a tribal representative for the 1825 Treaty of Prairie du Chien Council and was also a signatory on the 1826 Treaty of Fond du Lac and the 1837 Treaty of St. Peters.

Ramsay Crooks (1787-1859) was an early Scottish-Canadian fur trader, who served as General Manager (1817-1834), then President of the American Fur Company (1834-1859). Early 20th century historians describe Crooks as exceptionally gifted in creating positive diplomatic relationships with Native fur traders. {1}

This new acquisition is a signed and sealed letter of recommendation written by Ramsay Crooks for “Na-gwon-ay-bie, Chief of the Mille Lac [sic] Band of Chippewas” (also known as Nayquonabe/Negwanebi or Tallest [Quill] feather). The letter’s value goes beyond its connection to one of the Great Lakes area’s most notable industries. The existence of such a letter begs for deeper consideration of the sort of environment where such a recommendation was necessary. So pervasive were the stereotypes of native peoples in the European ethos that a signed and sealed certificate by a well-respected white trader was considered a valid method of proving trustworthiness.

Before these important pieces of our past could be made available to our researchers, we had to address the 168 years of damage and deterioration that our staff members could repair.

Images of the letter pre-conservation work. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Extensive conservation work was performed on the Ramsay Crooks letter of recommendation for Chief Na-gwon-ay-bie and related papers. The letter was the oldest document in this collection and was most in need of care. It appears that as the letter deteriorated from age and use, layers of paper and cloth were adhered for support, with further damage caused by the addition of two now rusting metal fasteners.

The cloth backing of the letter shows damage left by a rusted paperclip and a yet to be removed metal fastener in the upper right hand corner. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Tears were apparent along the folds of the document and the ribbon and seal were frayed and cracked respectively.

Close up showing tears and cracked wax pre-conservation treatment. Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

Conservation staff cleaned and removed adhesive and metal fasteners from the document. Creases were removed by relaxing the paper with a moist swab and applying light pressure. Treatments disclosed a previously unseen line of text on the lowest crease of the letter. Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste were used to mend the tears along the edges of the document and the folds. A custom sink mat with cover was made to protect the document’s raised ribbon and wax seal.

Letter of recommendation following conservation treatment. Note the entire line of text uncovered during treatment! Image courtesy of the MNHS Book and Paper Lab.

A more detailed description of the conservation work done for these materials is included in the papers.

Special thanks to Society conservationists Sherelyn Ogden and Jenna Bluhm. The Conservation web page available on the MNHS’s website is a great resource for those interested in learning more about the Society’s conservation practices and how everyone can better preserve and protect their own documents and items. Access to this collection requires the permission of the curator.

Shelby Edwards, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts

{1} J. Ward Ruckman. “Ramsay Crooks and the fur trade of the Northwest.” Minnesota History Vol. 7, no. 1 (Mar. 1926).

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“Glorious News!: Atlanta Captured”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – September 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/glorious-news-atlanta-captured-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/glorious-news-atlanta-captured-the-saint-cloud-democrat-september-8-1864/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15574

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U of M Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/u-of-m-jersey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/u-of-m-jersey/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15577

A maroon and gold University of Minnesota football sweater worn by Egil Boeckmann in 1903. Stitched to the back in gold colored wool felt is “M/ 6 to 6″. Boeckmann scored the touchdown that tied the Minnesota-Michigan game in the first “Little Brown Jug” game; it was worn to celebrations following the game.

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“Army Correspondence” and “Latest News”, The Rochester Republican – September 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/army-correspondence-and-latest-news-the-rochester-republican-september-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/09/army-correspondence-and-latest-news-the-rochester-republican-september-7-1864/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=15571

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