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. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:00:41 +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 “News Items”, From Wilmington” and “Repeal of the Illinois Black Laws”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 31, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-items-from-wilmington-and-repeal-of-the-illinois-black-laws-the-stillwater-messenger-january-31-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-items-from-wilmington-and-repeal-of-the-illinois-black-laws-the-stillwater-messenger-january-31-1865/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16570

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Goal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/goal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/goal/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16489

A University of Minnesota hockey player scores a goal against North Dakota on February 7, 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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“From Fort Fisher” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – January 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16509

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“From Fort Fisher” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – January 29, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-fort-fisher-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-january-29-1865-2/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16566

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Ink Blotter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ink-blotter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ink-blotter/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16486

A rectangular paperboard ink blotter with depiction of Indian woman advertising for Wabasha Roller Mills, Minnesota, circa 1920.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 28, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-28-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-28-1865/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:44:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16563 Cloudy & variable[.] Cool in the morning warm in afternoon[.] Windy at night[.] On duty as B. O. of D. made the rounds twice during the day[.] had a nice little horse to ride “All quiet”[.] Writing reading &c. Saw Colonel Barritt and had a short talk with him.

Citation: January 28, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Images of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/16557/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/16557/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16557
Once again, our Collections are featured in the Huffington Post, and just in time for the end of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival!

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Spool Rack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/spool-rack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/spool-rack/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16483

A spool rack used by Mrs. Quentin (Alice Lee Palmer) Horner, a Minneapolis dressmaker in the 1950s and 1960s. The rack consists of a wooden frame with ten (10) rungs, each with eight (8) nails holding spools of thread.

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“Stanton’s Trip South” and “South Carolina”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 27, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/stantons-trip-south-and-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-27-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/stantons-trip-south-and-south-carolina-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-27-1865/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16506

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St. Anthony Falls http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/st-anthony-falls/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/st-anthony-falls/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16480

A rare stereographic daguerreotype showing St. Anthony falls in Minneapolis in the 1850s.

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“From Sherman” and “Negro Citizenship”, The Wabasha County Herald – January 26, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-sherman-and-negro-citizenship-the-wabasha-county-herald-january-26-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/from-sherman-and-negro-citizenship-the-wabasha-county-herald-january-26-1865/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16503

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Tiger Jack http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tiger-jack/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tiger-jack/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16477

A small gouache on paper painting of St. Paul institution Tiger Jack. Made by Minnesota artist Shirley Jean Wallner in the 1990s.

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“The News” and “Rebel Account of the Fall of Fort Fisher”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 24, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-rebel-account-of-the-fall-of-fort-fisher-the-stillwater-messenger-january-24-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-rebel-account-of-the-fall-of-fort-fisher-the-stillwater-messenger-january-24-1865/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:00:53 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16500

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royalty, 1978 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/1978-saint-paul-winter-carnival-royalty/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/1978-saint-paul-winter-carnival-royalty/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16513 On a January evening in 1978, young women dressed all in white began arriving at the St. Paul Municipal Auditorium. They were the Royal Princesses of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all hoping to be crowned Queen of the Snows. The gilded, cavernous Auditorium had been transformed into the Great Hall of Jupiter for the coronation ceremony. King Boreas had been crowned and on this night a Queen would be chosen to represent the City in the coming year.

Auditorium, St. Paul, before the addition. Ca. 1922

St. Paul Winter Carnival ceremonies at auditorium, St. Paul. Ca. 1948

Donaldson's Golden Rule, Seventh and Robert, St. Paul. Ca. 1966

Donaldson's Golden Rule, Seventh and Robert, St. Paul. Ca. 1966

The Princesses had been preparing for months. In the fall of the previous year, Donaldson’s Department Store began an internal selection process for for their own store-sponsored representative. As many as nine single women, aged 18 to 25, were nominated internally and judged on personality, poise, maturity, and walk. By late Fall, Donaldson’s had selected their candidate.

Marlene Richter had taken a position at Donaldson’s a few years earlier and joined in the store’s 1978 Winter Carnival competition in order to expand her social horizons. A University of Minnesota chemical engineering student, Marlene hoped that participating in the Winter Carnival competition would create opportunities to meet new people, outside of the the men surrounding her at school.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows coronation gown. Ca. 1978

Once she was selected as Donaldson’s Winter Carnival candidate, Marlene began preparing with the manager of the women’s wear department. Candidates and sponsors were responsible for providing a formal white coronation gown. The hunt for the perfect gown took the two women to a bridal shop in Rosedale Mall, where they found a two piece formal dress complete with lace and marabou feather trim that fit Marlene beautifully, straight off the rack.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas uniform. Ca. 1978

On coronation night, Marlene and the other candidates stood under the hot lights of the Auditorium stage, nervous and excited. When the Grand Chamberlain bowed before Marlene, it took a moment for her to realize the choice was made; she would be Queen of the Snows. King Boreas (Dan Dolan), in his own imposing red uniform complete with gold braid and white gloves, crowned the new queen. The rest of the evening passed in a blur of activity; from a reception at the Radisson hotel on Kellogg Boulevard and back to a women-only suite at the St. Paul Hotel, where the remaining princesses would be outfitted with matching gold gowns to differentiate between Queen and Princesses.

SPWC Royal Coronation at the St. Paul Auditorium, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene Killa

Queen of the Snows Marlene Richter, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene (Richter) Killa

The Royal party would appear at the annual parade and other events during Carnival in St. Paul, but their duties did not end there. As Snow Queen, Marlene made about 400 appearances throughout 1978, following the Carnival tradition of spreading St. Paul hospitality across the state and the nation. She was part of the last group of Carnival royalty to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade in California, on a float with Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty. She wore her coronation gown to many of these events, but wore at least eight other dresses throughout the year.

Marlene’s reign ended with the passing of her crown at the 1979 King Boreas coronation event. The Winter Carnival experience was all she had imagined and more. Donaldson’s sponsorship not only financed the wardrobe and other costs associated with Carnival, but enabled Marlene to travel extensively. Her social hopes were also realized; she created lasting friendships with the royal party and met Michael Killa, a member of the 1978 Royal Guard. Marlene and Mike later married.

SPWC Royal Party, 1978. Courtesy of Marlene Killa. Michael Killa is 3rd from the right in the top row

After her time in Carnival, Marlene (Richter) Killa would go on to earn an MBA and spend twenty-two years as an engineer at Ecolab, a St. Paul-based multinational developer and manufacturer. For the past decade she and her husband Mike have worked together on their own construction company. Marlene and Mike took part in Saint Paul Winter Carnival activities for years following 1978: Marlene served as a judge for the 1980 Queen of the Snows competition and was active with the Former Queen’s Club for many years. Mike served as Captain of the Guard in 1986 and both were active with the Royal Party that year.

Sondra Reierson, Associate Curator, 3D Objects

See more:

  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival guide to related MNHS collections, including photographs and artifacts.
  • St. Paul Auditorium photographs. The Auditorium was razed in 1982; Ordway Theater was partially constructed on the original site of the Auditorium, beside the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
  • In 1961 Donaldson’s, a Minneapolis company, merged with the Golden Rule department store in St. Paul and changed the store’s name to Donaldson’s a few years later. The St. Paul location remained in the Golden Rule building until 1980, when it moved to the Town Square complex. The original building still stands at 85 7th Place East, St. Paul.
  • Ecolab, Inc. records

Artifacts referenced:

  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows coronation gown <2014.162.1.A,B> Two piece white formal gown worn by Marlene (Richter) Killa as the 1978 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows.
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas uniform <1988.396. and 1998.413.> Jacket, pants, hat, gloves and scepter used by Daniel F. Dolan as the 1978 Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas.
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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 23, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-23-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-23-1865/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16496 Cloudy and cold[.] Order for [cousolidation] of the 65th with the 67th arrived. giving names of Officers to be retained[,] myself among the number. All the rest to be mustered out of the service. 5 Capts.[,] 7 1st Lts. In the 67th to be mustered out. Drew boots for company & issued them to men. Drilling a large Company quite cold, so I was attacked with a severe toothache & headache. Had dress parade. Recd. 2 letters from home.


Citation: January 23, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Bob Hope in Town http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bob-hope-in-town/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bob-hope-in-town/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16473

Bob Hope and some fans in Minnesota for the 1949 Aquatennial.

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“Sherman’s Army in Motion” and “The Peace Movement”, The Saint Paul Press – January 22, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/shermans-army-in-motion-and-the-peace-movement-the-saint-paul-press-january-22-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/shermans-army-in-motion-and-the-peace-movement-the-saint-paul-press-january-22-1865/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:58:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16493

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Dakota Moccasins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/dakota-moccasins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/dakota-moccasins/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16470

A pair of beaded Dakota moccasins with split tongues ending in tinkle cones. Made sometime between 1870 and 1920.

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Ceramic Bottle by Martha Cutkomp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ceramic-bottle-by-martha-cutkomp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/ceramic-bottle-by-martha-cutkomp/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16467

Wheel-thrown stoneware bottle with matte black wash on body from shoulder to base and an opaque white glaze on rim opening made by Martha Cutkomp. Circa 1960-70.

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“Glorious News from Wilmington” and “From the South”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 20, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/glorious-news-from-wilmington-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-20-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/glorious-news-from-wilmington-and-from-the-south-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-20-1865/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16456

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Roy Wilkins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/roy-wilkins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/roy-wilkins/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16462

On this day, January 20 in 1969 President Johnson awards the Medal of Freedom to civil rights activist Roy Wilkins. Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1923.

This photograph from 1959 shows Roy Wilkins (center) with Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.

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“Fort Fisher Fallen”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – January 19, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/fort-fisher-fallen-the-saint-cloud-democrat-january-19-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/fort-fisher-fallen-the-saint-cloud-democrat-january-19-1865/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16453

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Schell’s Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/schell%e2%80%99s-sign/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/schell%e2%80%99s-sign/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16459

A cardboard Schell’s Brewing Company Weizen advertising sign from the 1990s.

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“The News” and “Probably Passage of the Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery”, The Rochester Republican – January 18, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-probably-passage-of-the-constitutional-amendment-abolishing-slavery-the-rochester-republican-january-18-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-and-probably-passage-of-the-constitutional-amendment-abolishing-slavery-the-rochester-republican-january-18-1865/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16450

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A letter from Thomas Christie to his father providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war – January 17, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-providing-a-list-of-the-ten-states-in-which-he-has-traveled-during-the-war-january-17-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-providing-a-list-of-the-ten-states-in-which-he-has-traveled-during-the-war-january-17-1865/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16446 A letter from Thomas Christie, near Pocotaligo, South Carolina, to his father, James Christie, providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war, and the situation in South Carolina.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Camp near Pocotaligo, S.C. Jan. 17th, 1865.
Dear Father,
Tonight I put S.C. at the head of my sheet, as I have before this put several others. Here is the list: Minn, Wis, Ill, Mo, La, Miss, Tenn, Ala, Ga, and now S.C. Before the Army of the Tennessee finishes its work, you will no doubt see N.C. and Va. at the top of my letters. […] I find the map of Georgia and Virginia by Lloyd, which I have carried from Atlanta, very useful. 19th, I have been very busy preparing my men, horses, and the gun for active service. Several necessary things had to be drawn from the Quartermaster. […] We do not think much of South Carolina; it seems to be all sand, pines, palmettos, and swamps. Our Division drove the Rebels out of the two lines of works near here, and our lines now extend to the Coosawatchie. It is said that we are to stay here for at least a week, so we have fitted up everything in good shape. All of us are in good health, except for slight colds, owing to the rain. I am on guard to night; but a soldier must not grumble over the weather! However, I often dream of the time when I shall be able to sleep every night, and all night, undisturbed by guard, march, work, or fighting. […]
Yours Affectionately,
T.D.C.



See the whole letter: 1865-01-17_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 17, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie to his father James Christie. Thomas and Carmelite Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1282, box 41]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 16, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-16-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-16-1865/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16442 Clear fine day. Regt. inspected at an early hour by Capt. Patton[.] On Duty as Brig. Field Officer of the Day. Made the rounds twice during the Day, and once at night[.] Leut Capt. Frost – $1.25 h, Lt. [H…ich] Whitebill [.] Capt. Mann. Condemned my tents & other C& G.E.

Citation: January 16, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Broken Shovel http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/broken-shovel/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/broken-shovel/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16417

A man bemoaning his fate after his shovel broke during a heavy snowfall, March 18, 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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Confederate Flag Fragment – January 15, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/confederate-flag-fragment-january-15-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/confederate-flag-fragment-january-15-1865/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:37 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16439 A fragment of a Confederate flag captured on January 15th, 1865, at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, in North Carolina.  The wool “L” shaped fragment is fraying along the cut edges. Owned by Private George E. Lowry of the 13th Indiana Infantry, Company C, which was engaged at Fort Fisher.

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Two multicolored signs advertising “Burma-Shave” shaving cream, used by Burma-Vita Company, 1951-1952. These signs are housed in a concave dark wooden support used at the juncture of a wall and ceiling in a streetcar to display advertisements. The signs read, “WHEN SUPER-SHAVED / REMEMBER, PARD, YOU’LL STILL GET SLAPPED / BUT NOT SO HARD!” and “SAID ONE WHISKER TO ANOTHER / CAN’T GET TOUGH WITH THIS STUFF BROTHER.

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Tonka Hook and Ladder http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tonka-hook-and-ladder/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/tonka-hook-and-ladder/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16411

Bright red steel & white plastic toy hook & ladder truck made by Tonka Toys of Mound, Minnesota in 1988.

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“News From The South”, “From Louisiana” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 13, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-from-the-south-from-louisiana-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-13-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/news-from-the-south-from-louisiana-and-from-missouri-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-13-1865/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16431

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Bra for Victory http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bra-for-victory/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/bra-for-victory/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16408

Brassiere styled with an American flag pattern. Made by the Vassar Company to promote the company’s war efforts. Vassar Company was purchased by Munsingwear Inc. of Minneapolis. Circa 1940s.

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Common Loon Gunning Decoy by Laurie McNeil http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/common-loon-gunning-decoy-by-laurie-mcneil/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/common-loon-gunning-decoy-by-laurie-mcneil/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:40:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16434

Photo: Jeff Smith, Allen & Marshall Auctioneers

“Phenom” is a well-worn idiom in the creative arts, but it’s an apropos expression of Laurie McNeil’s extraordinary talent.  Starting with a sheet-rock knife and no formal training, the Minneapolis native burst onto the scene in 1985 and within a year went from virtual obscurity to international best-in-show winner.  Most of McNeil’s decoys, which take about 500 hours for a life-sized work, are crafted from a block of tupelo, a wood favored by decoy carvers for its softness and buoyancy.  A cardboard template is used to trace an outline onto the wood, which is then cut out with a band saw.   Rotary tools and wood-burning pens are then used to further define the decoy and create fine details like feathers.

Video: Common Loon Decoy from Start to Finish – Less Than Two Minutes (courtesy: Laurie McNeil)

A critical step in the creative process is weighting the figure so it floats – a judging requirement in gunning decoy competition and a necessity for hunting use (a rarity since McNeil’s decoys often sell for thousands of dollars).  This exquisite specimen, McNeil’s first life-size rendition of Minnesota’s state bird, was executed in 1987 and proved an especially challenging figure to self-right.  Opting to forgo a keel, McNeil hollowed the body and head and used lead weights for ballast.  Uncertain of the efficacy of her engineering, McNeil concealed a rueful message inside the bird’s head which reads, “If you are reading this note, something serious has happened to my Loon!” Miraculously, the decoy took to water like the proverbial duck and won best-in-show that year at the prestigious Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts California Open. McNeil became the first woman to win the open-class competition at that event, a singular honor which garnered the admiration of wildfowl carvers and collectors nationwide.

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Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/brigadier-general%e2%80%99s-shoulder-straps/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/brigadier-general%e2%80%99s-shoulder-straps/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16405

Pair of United States Army brigadier general’s shoulder strap rank insignias used during the Civil War. Each strap is embroidered in bullion with a silver five-point star within a gold border on velvet backing with cloth ties. Collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sibley House Association.

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A letter to James Christie from his son Thomas describing Georgia and oystering – January 11, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-to-james-christie-from-his-son-thomas-describing-georgia-and-oystering-january-11-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/a-letter-to-james-christie-from-his-son-thomas-describing-georgia-and-oystering-january-11-1865/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16427 A letter to James Christie from his son, Thomas Christie stationed at Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah, Georgia, reporting on “oystering” in the bay, and delays in their departure.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah,
January 11th, 1865
My dear Father:
[…] We have had first rate times since coming down here & I have been on the water every day. The second day I went out into the inlet in a boat to where a vessel is sunk, which shows a good part out of the water when the tide is out, & myself & two comrades got over a bushel of oysters which were sticking on the sides of the hulk. […] I cut my hands all to pieces though, in pulling the sharp clusters of oysters off the bed & the soaking in salt water don’t make them feel any the more agreeable. […] Not off yet & don’t know when we shall be, as the Infty. of the 15th Corps is going on the Boats, & it is said that we have to wait for a larger vessel than ordinary, on account of getting room for our Guns & Caissons.  We are too much used to such delays since we have been in the service to fret much about it, and we no doubt enjoy ourselves as much here as we would at Beaufort. […]
Thos. D. Christie



See entire letter here: 1865-01-11_ChristiePDF

Citation:  January 11, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281

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“The News”, Losses Inflicted upon the Rebels in the last Sixty Days” and “Our Minnesota Troops at the Battles near Nashville”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 10, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-losses-inflicted-upon-the-rebels-in-the-last-sixty-days-and-our-minnesota-troops-at-the-battles-near-nashville-the-stillwater-messenger-january-10-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-news-losses-inflicted-upon-the-rebels-in-the-last-sixty-days-and-our-minnesota-troops-at-the-battles-near-nashville-the-stillwater-messenger-january-10-1865/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16424

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Frozen http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/frozen/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/frozen/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16385

A milk bottle frozen after sitting outside too long during a January 1937 cold spell.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 8, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-8-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-january-8-1865/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:44:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16421 Cloudy day. threatening storm[.] On Duty as R.O. of Day. Reading & writing[.] visited all the Co. Qrs[,] Kitchens, Hospital &c with Capt. Scholes. Storm of rain commencing.

Citation: January 8, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Minnesota Fan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/minnesota-fan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/minnesota-fan/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16381

A brown plastic “Deskair” electric desk fan made by B & B Remembrance of St. Paul, MN. Circa 1960.

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Quilt by Nancy Gipple http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/quilt-by-nancy-gipple-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/quilt-by-nancy-gipple-2/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 06:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16376

Tree series quilt by Nancy Gipple. Image of a tree trunk and branches in a grid style of strip quilt using cotton printed fabrics and embellishments. Made in 1995.

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“Official Bulletin”, “News From the South” and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 6, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/official-bulletin-news-from-the-south-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-6-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/official-bulletin-news-from-the-south-and-from-cincinnati-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-january-6-1865/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16401

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Mille Lacs Ojibwe Grass Dance vest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/mille-lacs-ojibwe-grass-dance-vest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/mille-lacs-ojibwe-grass-dance-vest/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16372

A small Mille Lacs Ojibwe grass dance vest made in the 1960s or 70s.

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother regarding skirmishes and accuracy of artillery – January 5, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-regarding-skirmishes-and-accuracy-of-artillery-january-5-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-brother-regarding-skirmishes-and-accuracy-of-artillery-january-5-1865/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16397 A letter from Thomas Christie stationed in Savannah, Geoigia, to his brother Alexander Christie, telling of his Infantry company’s recent skirmishes with the Rebels and the accuracy of the Union artillery.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Savannah, Ga.
Jan. 5th 1865
My dear Sandy:
[…] When we passed through the line of Rebel forts on our way to the city on the morning of the 21st we had a good chance to see the effect of our shots. Their embrasures were completely torn to pieces, & two of their guns had been dismounted by our Rodmans. I don’t think you have much idea of the terrible accuracy of our kind of guns, which the Rebels confess they dread far more than any other kind; Probably you think your rifle is pretty good at shooting, but what would you say to see a two foot square target in the shape of an embrasure, hit twice out of three times at a mile distance. This we have done repeatedly, and we have never failed yet to have the last shot with either Batteries or sharpshooters. […]
Th. D. Christie

See entire letter here: 1865-01-05_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 5, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box B]

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Lion http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/lion/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/lion/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16368

A large oil on canvas painting of “Lion” an Irish Wolfhound owned by Henry Sibley. It was painted in 1841 by Charles Deas.

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“The New Year”, The Rochester Republican – January 4, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-new-year-the-rochester-republican-january-4-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/the-new-year-the-rochester-republican-january-4-1865/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:00:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16394

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Letter from Mattocks, a surgeon in the MN 7th, describing how he spend Christmas Eve – January 3, 1865 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-mn-7th-describing-how-he-spend-christmas-eve-january-3-1865/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/letter-from-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-mn-7th-describing-how-he-spend-christmas-eve-january-3-1865/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16389 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Clifton, Tennessee, describing how he spent Christmas Eve.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Clifton, Tenn
Jan 3rd 1865
My Dear Sister
[…] Christmas eve was spent in camp with no tent, no supper and one horse blanket to cover me, yet there were some pleasant associations connected with my Christmas eve. The evening was pleasant, we had a good fire and I was surrounded with friends that I thought a great deal of. We talked, laughed, smoked and commented on things past, present, and to come. I slept well and awoke in the morning with the pleasing fact staring me in the face that I had no breakfast. (Our teams were not up with us, being delayed at the rim) Soon however an invitation came from some of the men for us to go down and breakfast with them. I at once gladly accepted and enjoyed a good breakfast. […] We have persued Hood thus far without coming up to him, although the fourth corps have been on his heels all the time. I think he will long remember the defeat at Nashville. […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks.
7th Minn […]


See entire letter here: 1865-01-03_Brewer_combined

Citation: January 3, 1865. 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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Flipped http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/flipped/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/flipped/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16365

An airfield crew turning over a Navy Beechcraft JRB-4 airplane that flipped in the snow on March 23, 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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Important Daybook Announcement http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/important-daybook-announcement/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/important-daybook-announcement/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16334 Dear Civil War Daybook Readers:
By 1865 the Civil War is winding down. To prevent the repetition of content, going forward the Civil War Daybook blog will post no fewer than 3 entries per week, rather than daily entries.

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Vikings Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/vikings-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/01/vikings-button/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16362

Plastic pinback button commemorating the participation of the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, played against the Oakland Raiders in Pasadena, California on January 9, 1977. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 32-14.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 31, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-31-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-31-1864/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16331 Clear, cool and windy. Blowed very strong last night. River rising rapidly. Regt mustered for pay by Major Losey. [Comdg”] another year at a close[.] Health good, spirits fine. Hope buoyant. To God hear the glory. During the year received 68 letters and wrote 80. One half of each to & from  home, besides official letters. Receipts $871. Paid out $1000.

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

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1849 Seal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/1849-seal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/1849-seal/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16358

First territorial seal of the Adjutant General of Minnesota, circa 1849.

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“The President’s Proclamation” and “The Great Naval Expedition”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-proclamation-and-the-great-naval-expedition-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-proclamation-and-the-great-naval-expedition-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-30-1864/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16328

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Hudson Bay Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/hudson-bay-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/hudson-bay-jacket/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16355

A hooded wool jacket made of fabric resembling a Hudson Bay blanket. The jacket has a Woolrich lamb logo, zipper and snap closure and two slit pockets.

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Dueling Pistols http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/dueling-pistols/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/dueling-pistols/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:14:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16352

A pair of .46 caliber back-action percussion lock dueling pistols in a black leather case with a brass plate engraved “‘A token of regard’/ CALHOUN M. DERINGER/ TO/ HON. ALEX. RAMSAY [sic]“.

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“Savannah, a Christmas Gift from Sherman”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – December 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/savannah-a-christmas-gift-from-sherman-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/savannah-a-christmas-gift-from-sherman-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-29-1864/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16324

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“Official Bulletins”, “From the South” and “From Tennessee”, The Rochester Republican – December 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/official-bulletins-from-the-south-and-from-tennessee-the-rochester-republican-december-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/official-bulletins-from-the-south-and-from-tennessee-the-rochester-republican-december-28-1864/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:00:22 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16321

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Springfield Rifle – December 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/springfield-rifle-december-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/springfield-rifle-december-27-1864/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16318 Springfield rifle, marked ‘1862′, was disabled by a confederate bullet during the Battle of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, December 1864.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-26-1864/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16315 Clear, beautiful & warm[.] Preparing for Inspection & review by Col Quincy[.] Busy writing making out my Co papers. Made out Returns of C.C. & G.E. [Quar.] Return of Deceased Soldiers, & monthly return of Co. Had Dress Parade[.] Squared up morning Report Book to date.


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

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Getting Air http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/getting-air/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/getting-air/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16285

A youngster gets some air while sledding in Minneapolis on February 22, 1950.

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“Battles Before Nashville”, “The Eighth Minnesota” and “Latest News by Telegraph”, The Saint Paul Press – December 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battles-before-nashville-the-eighth-minnesota-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-the-saint-paul-press-december-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battles-before-nashville-the-eighth-minnesota-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-the-saint-paul-press-december-25-1864/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:00:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16312

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Santa in Trouble http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-in-trouble/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-in-trouble/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16282

Santa Claus having trouble with his roller skates on December 19, 1946.

Merry Christmas!

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Revolver used by Thomas Montgomery – December 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/revolver-used-by-thomas-montgomery-december-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/revolver-used-by-thomas-montgomery-december-24-1864/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16308 Model 2 revolver, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Massachusetts. Used by First Lieutenant Thomas Montgomery of the 65th U.S. Colored Infantry, earlier a corporal in the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

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Christmas Eve on the Flats http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/christmas-eve-on-the-flats/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/christmas-eve-on-the-flats/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16279

An oil on canvas painting made by Samuel Burton showing Christmas Eve in Bohemian Flats, near the University of Minnesota in 1919.

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Daybook Special – Minnesota and the March to the Sea http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/daybook-special-minnesota-and-the-march-to-the-sea/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/daybook-special-minnesota-and-the-march-to-the-sea/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:30:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16268

2nd Minnesota regimental battle flag, possibly used in Sherman's March to the Sea, 1864.

Following the capture of Atlanta on September 2, 1864, Union commanders faced a difficult choice on where to focus their next campaign.   Should they move toward Mobile, Alabama or Savanna, Georgia or maintain their hold on Atlanta?  In October Confederate commander John Bell Hood further complicated the situation by moving his army around the western flank of Sherman’s forces threatening the Yankee’s long and tenuous line of communications through North Georgia and Tennessee.   Sherman realized that he could not hold the railroad in what would amount to a guerilla campaign against the remaining Confederate forces.  He proposed to General Ulysses S. Grant, overall commander of Union troops, a bold and unorthodox plan.  Sherman would leave 60,000 men under General Thomas to oppose Hood’s army, taking his remaining 62,000 troops on a march from Atlanta to Savannah, living off the country, destroying everything of military value, making “Georgia howl.”    Grant and President Lincoln were initially reluctant but Sherman’s enthusiasm and confidence in his troops won them over.  Soon after the November election, his men wrecked everything of military value (and then some) in the city of Atlanta and on November 15, 1864 started their march to the sea.

Sherman’s troops advanced in four parallel columns allowing for quicker movement, wider foraging and greater destruction.  Among them were the Second and Forth Minnesota Infantry regiments and the First Minnesota Light Artillery.  There were few Confederate troops to oppose the Federal juggernaut, only some cavalry and militia.  Yankee foragers, known as “bummers,” ranged far and wide on daily patrols to acquire food and fodder.  Judson Wade Bishop, Colonel of the 2nd Minnesota, described the bounty they found waiting for them; “it was in that country a season of plenty; there had been cultivated by the negro labor a most bountiful crop of corn, sweet potatoes and various vegetables, and on every plantation were fat cattle, pigs and poultry in abundance, while the smoke houses were filled with hams and bacon just cured.  Butter, honey, sorghum syrup, apples, home-made jelly and preserves and pickles had been also provided and stored for us, and it wasn’t necessary even to ask for them.”[1] Many of the men involved in foraging saw it as a lark, and some took advantage of the situation to help themselves to more than food stuffs.  Even the normally upright Thomas Christie of the First Light Artillery helped himself to several volumes from a small-town book store, “as part payment” for several volumes he lost at Shiloh.[2] Foraging could also be dangerous as Confederate Cavalry and militia tended to look upon “bummers” as common thieves to be hung if captured.

In his orders for the march, General Sherman placed limits on the foraging, forbidding soldiers to enter dwellings or “commit any trespass” and left to his corps commanders sole authority regarding the destruction of mills, cotton gins, etc. according to the amount of resistance put up by “guerrillas or bushwhackers”.  To some extent these orders were followed but they could not control the activities of deserters from both Union and Confederate who followed in the wake of Sherman’s forces.  The Corps commanders tended to follow their own ideas about destroying resources.  In the Fifteenth Corps, which included the 4th Minnesota, troops were regularly detailed to burn cotton crops and destroy cotton gins[3].

The army reached Savannah in mid-December eventually making contact with the Federal fleet blockading the city.  The outnumbered Confederate army defending Savannah slipped away into South Carolina on the night of December 20 and Sherman’s troops occupied the city on the 21st.  The following day the general telegraphed President Lincoln:  “I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.”  In his official report Sherman estimated that his troops had caused over $100 million in damage.  They had pillaged an area 300 miles long and sixty miles wide.  “This may seem a hard species of warfare”, he wrote, “but it brings the sad realities of war home to those who have been directly or indirectly instrumental in involving us in its attendant calamities.”

Beginning in February, 1865 Sherman’s forces would mete out the same treatment, with less restraint, on South Carolina and North Carolina.  The fighting would end in North Carolina with surrender of the last Confederate army to Sherman’s troops.  They then marched to Washington, D. C. for a grand review and victory celebration in May.   All told it was a prodigious march, with only a few weeks rest in Savannah and a short boat ride from there to Beaufort, S. C. where the march through the Carolinas commenced.  For the Minnesota troops involved the campaign really began in North Georgia, included hard fighting at Atlanta, the long march to Savannah then a long slog through the Carolinas and Virginia to Washington, D. C.

[1] Bishop, Gen. J. W., “Narrative of the Second Regiment”, Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, vol. I, p.113.

[2] Thomas Christie to Alexander Christie, Dec. 18, 1864.

[3] Brown, Alonzo L.  History of the Fourth Regiment of Minnesota Infantry Volunteers during the Great Rebellion, 1861-1865, p. 334-353.

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“The Draft”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-draft-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-draft-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-23-1864/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16305

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Civil War Corps Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/civil-war-corps-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/civil-war-corps-badge/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16276

Trefoil-shaped badge representing the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac with a trefoil-shaped cut-out and two stick-pin points soldered to the back. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

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Letter from Mattocks, a surgeon in the MN Seventh Regiment, to his sister telling of a recent battle – December 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-mn-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-telling-of-a-recent-battle-december-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-mattocks-a-surgeon-in-the-mn-seventh-regiment-to-his-sister-telling-of-a-recent-battle-december-22-1864/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:45 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16301 A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from the field, telling of a recent battle with the Rebels.
A partial transcription of the letter:

In the field
Dec 22nd 1864
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We received orders on the night of the 14th that we were to have a big fight the next day, so we got everything ready – diaries written up, letters written, boxes packed &c. We all looked the matter in the face. We might get killed. About 8am we […ered] out in fine style, and formed a long line and cautious by […ered] along, feeling the enemies positions. At length we found out one of their batteries, and a fierce battery fight ensued. We were not engaged in this at all, we were but spectators, yet the shell burnt around us all the time. Just at this time poor Rice was wounded and I had to take him from the field. I then went to the rear for my ambulance and took them to one of the [f…] we had just captured. It was a sickening sight to see the dead Rebels lying around[…] There followed what I never care to see again. The men all rose up at once threw down the fence, and with a yell started for the stone wall on the other side of the field. Then such a storm I never saw before bullets and grape fell like hail, and still the men pressed on, until the wall was reached. At that charge we captured 4 guns (cannon) and a large number of prisoners, persuing their broken lines until they were lost in the woods. […]
Your loving brother
Brewer Mattocks



See entire letter here: 1864-12-22_Brewer_Combined

Citation: December 22, 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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Beaded Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/beaded-bandolier-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/beaded-bandolier-bag/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16273

A beaded calico bandolier bag was made by Becker County Indian Industries and exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

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“From Gen. Sherman”, “From the South”, and “From St. Paul”, The Rochester Republican – December 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/from-gen-sherman-from-the-south-and-from-st-paul-the-rochester-republican-december-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/from-gen-sherman-from-the-south-and-from-st-paul-the-rochester-republican-december-21-1864/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16297

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“Great Victory over Hood”, “Disfranchising the Skedaddlers” and “The Rebel Incendarism”, The Stillwater Messenger – December 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/great-victory-over-hood-disfranchising-the-skedaddlers-and-the-rebel-incendarism-the-stillwater-messenger-december-20-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/great-victory-over-hood-disfranchising-the-skedaddlers-and-the-rebel-incendarism-the-stillwater-messenger-december-20-1864/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16294

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-19-1864/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16291 Cloudy but very warm. Working on house[.] Reading Shakespear. Hamlet, & Richard III.


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

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Harry the Horse http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/harry-the-horse/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/harry-the-horse/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16240

Harry “The Horse” Gallatin of the NY Knicks with the ball during Game 1 (or 2) of the 1953 NBA Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers.

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“Victory: Another Grneat Battle Near Nashville” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – December 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/victory-another-grneat-battle-near-nashville-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-december-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/victory-another-grneat-battle-near-nashville-and-sherman-the-saint-paul-press-december-18-1864/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:22:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16288

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Piece of the U.S.S. Minnesota http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/piece-of-the-u-s-s-minnesota/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/piece-of-the-u-s-s-minnesota/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16237

A carved oak fragment of the hull of the USS Minnesota with engraved silver plaque reading “Trophy / From U.S. Battle Ship Minnesota / PRESENTED BY / T. Buttler & Co. Boston Mass. / TO / A.S. of N. Crew of Minnesota No. 1.” The ornamental trophy was created when the Minnesota was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy and scrapped in 1901.

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US Army Cartridge Box – December 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-cartridge-box-december-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-cartridge-box-december-17-1864/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16265 United States Army leather cartridge box with two adjustable straps, an implement pouch and a tin insert.  The box is stamped “US” on the flap and with a U.S. Ordnance Department stamp on the underside.   It was used by Private Frederick D. Carson, LL.D., of the 5th Wisconsin Regiment, Company H.  This box was reportedly issued only to the 1st Division, 6th Army Corps during the winter of 1864-1865 in front of Petersburg, Virginia.

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Mendota South http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/mendota-south-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/mendota-south-2/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16234

A woodcut print on paper titled “Mendota South” made by Alexander Masley in 1935.

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“Sherman’s Raid” and “Particulars of the Late Movement of Ge. Foster”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- December 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/shermans-raid-and-particulars-of-the-late-movement-of-ge-foster-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/shermans-raid-and-particulars-of-the-late-movement-of-ge-foster-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-16-1864/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16262

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U.S.S. Maumee Pennant http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/u-s-s-maumee-pennant-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/u-s-s-maumee-pennant-2/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16231

Dark blue and gold felt pennant of the U.S.S. Maumee (AO-2), which was commissioned in 1916 and refueled destroyers at sea during World War I. The pennant reads “U S N [United States Navy] / U.S.S. MAUMEE”.

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“Latest News”, Saint Cloud Democrat – December 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/latest-news-saint-cloud-democrat-december-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/latest-news-saint-cloud-democrat-december-15-1864/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16258

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Boreas Rex Keychain http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/boreas-rex-keychain/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/boreas-rex-keychain/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16228

King Boreas XVIII keychain from the 1954 Winter Carnival Coronation program. Plastic holder containing a photo of Walter Dorle in uniform and his title “Boreas Rex XVIII”.

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Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife – December 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-to-james-madison-bowler-from-his-uncle-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-reporting-on-the-death-of-the-uncles-wife-december-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-to-james-madison-bowler-from-his-uncle-james-h-bowler-of-bangor-maine-reporting-on-the-death-of-the-uncles-wife-december-14-1864/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16254 Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife, and commenting on the progress of the war effort.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Bangor Dec. 14 1864
My Dear Nephew,
I have to communicate to you the painful and to me heart rending intelligence of the death of my very dear, dear Wife[.] She died 29th day of November[.] I cannot describe to you my own feelings in this most severe affliction. […] The [s…pt] of yours of Sept. 13th was very gratifying to me particularly to hear that your health was improving and that during your years of hard service in the defense of our much loved country  you have escaped any serious accident while so many brave fellows have fallen on the battle field or from sickness caused by exposure in our armys[.] I hope your life will be spared to see and enjoy the rich blessing of a Union firmer and Stronger than ever before. The greatest battle during the war has been fought and a most glorious victory won in our late National election without the shedding of blood it was a terrible blow to the rebellion and foreign Nations understand fully the position of the people in relation to this war. It is of no used for me to say anything about the progress of the Union cause for you know as much as I[,] we have not known but little of Gen Shermans movements except what we get through rebel sources but one thing we are very sure of that whatever he has undertaken will be accomplished[.] the rebels have known and will know more to their great damage[.] next we shall probably hear from Gen Grand. The rebellion may live another year and perhaps longer but we have plenty of men yet and no matter if it takes five years longer to save this Union it must and will be done[.]
Very truly yours J.H. Bowler


See entire letter here: 1864-12-14_Bowler_combined

Citation: December 14, 1864, Letter to James Madison Bowler from his uncle James H. Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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“The President’s Message”, and “Minnesota’s Contribution to the Army”, The Stillwater Messenger- December 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-message-and-minnesotas-contribution-to-the-army-the-stillwater-messenger-december-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-presidents-message-and-minnesotas-contribution-to-the-army-the-stillwater-messenger-december-13-1864/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16251

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-12-1864/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:36 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16247 Very Cold morning. Relieved by Lt. Johnson[.] Lt Roberts goes on Grand Guard. At work on my Company Qrs. Put up the Rafters, but could do no more for want of material[.] Send a letter to mother also my photograph[.] Exchanged one with Lt Kreps, Sherrin, Sproenle Butler & [.]

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

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Lineup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/lineup/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/lineup/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16187

1949 Miss Minnesota contestants lining up for the swimsuit competition.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing the “colored reg’t.” – December 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-the-colored-regt-december-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/letter-from-james-madison-bowler-stationed-in-little-rock-arkansas-to-his-wife-elizabeth-describing-the-colored-regt-december-11-1864/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:03:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16243 Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing the “colored reg’t.” and the company feelings towards an officer.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.,
Dec. 11th, 1864.
Dear Lizzie:
[…] In one of your letters you inquire about my colored Regt. We have four companies full, with full complement of officers, a Lieut Col., Adjutant, and quartermaster; and a fifth company nearly full. […] Gen Steel has been relieved from the command of this Dept. by Maj. Gen. Reynolds. Our Division Commander Gen. Salomon tried to get the Regts of his division to raise $50. a piece to purchase a sword for Gen. Steele. The officers of this Regt. held a meeting, and passed resalutions not to give a cent for such a purpose. He has not done right by us, and we are willing he should know it. Give my love to all, and give Birdie a kiss for her papa.
Ever yours,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1864-12-11_Bowler_Combined

Citation: December 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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Sandpaper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sandpaper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/sandpaper/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16183

Cardboard box from 3M Company labeled “IMPERIAL / SANDPAPER / 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. – ST.PAUL, MINN. / REG. U.S. PAT OFF. / 3MCo [LOGO] / B-A / SINCE 1828 / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. / SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA / REG. U.S. PAT OFF.” Early twentieth century.

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7th Minnesota Campaign Chest – December 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/7th-minnesota-campaign-chest-december-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/7th-minnesota-campaign-chest-december-1864/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16210 Campaign chest made during the Civil War in Memphis, Tennessee by an African American for Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, Assistant Surgeon with the 7th Minnesota Infantry Regiment.  The thick wooden trunk has dovetailed corners and metal strips for reinforcement.

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Thomas and Bellamy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/thomas-and-bellamy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/thomas-and-bellamy/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16180

A tintype photograph of Hiram Thomas and Jared Bellamy in Civil War (?) uniforms. 1863.

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Points for Creativity http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/points-for-creativity/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/points-for-creativity/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:50:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16215
How do you encourage people to go see your new production? Easy! Give them cool swag. But when posters and key chains no longer grab people’s attention, marketing offices need to get creative.

This emery board was created in 1963 to promote the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, at the Anoka Theater in Minnesota. With its clever, though slightly nefarious slogan, “File Your Nails – Don’t Bite Them, THE BIRDS is coming”, the nail file successfully suggests the frightening nature of the film, (you will never look at birds the same way), while still giving people something they will actually use and look at frequently.

Slightly less useful, though still creative, is this cell phone holder promoting the 2009 film New In Town. In the movie a woman moves from Miami, Florida to New Ulm, Minnesota and realizes it’s not so bad. Made of red rubber foam, the shoe has the movie’s title written across the vamp, so you read it every time you grab your phone. Perhaps a snow boot would have better evoked the spirit of Minnesota, but it probably wouldn’t hold a cell phone.

Finally, we have a top hat, used as part of the promotional package for the 1995 premier of Julie Andrews’ musical, Victor/Victoria at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. A ribbon above the brim reads “Victor/Victoria” and the hat held dried roses, a plastic vase, a chocolate bar, and more. However, because of the direction of the text it cannot actually be worn as a hat, (well, it could, but everyone would be craning their necks trying to read upside-down). So instead, it’s a hat that promotes the musical from your dresser. It’s probably a perfect storage space for your nail file and cell phone holder.

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“The Libby Prison. Inside View of It”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-libby-prison-inside-view-of-it-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-libby-prison-inside-view-of-it-the-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-december-9-1864/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16207

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Prince T-Shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/prince-t-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/prince-t-shirt/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16177

Sleeveless lilac cotton/polyester t-shirt with ‘Prince’ & black & white doves on front, ‘Prince/and/the Revolution/World Tour 1984-85′ in purple & yellow lettering on back, by Sneakers, made in U.S.A., 1984.

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“Interesting Letter From “Dixie”‘, The Saint Cloud Democrat – December 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/interesting-letter-from-dixie-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/interesting-letter-from-dixie-the-saint-cloud-democrat-december-8-1864/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16204

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US Army brigadier general’s uniform frock coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-brigadier-generals-uniform-frock-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/us-army-brigadier-generals-uniform-frock-coat/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16171

United States Army brigadier general’s double-breasted wool flannel frock coat. It was worn during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war. The coat has quilted cotton lining, a velvet faced collar and cuffs, brigadier general’s shoulder straps, and gilded brass General Staff buttons.

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“The War News”, Rochester Republican – December 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-war-news-rochester-republican-december-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/the-war-news-rochester-republican-december-7-1864/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16201

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“Another Union Victory – Hood again Defeated” and “From Sherman”, The Stillwater Messenger – December 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/another-union-victory-hood-again-defeated-and-from-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-december-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/another-union-victory-hood-again-defeated-and-from-sherman-the-stillwater-messenger-december-6-1864/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16198

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Winter One Hundred Years Ago http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/16193/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/16193/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16193
We’ve been asked by The Huffington Post to start blogging on their site. This provides an exciting national platform for Minnesota history!

To see more images like the one below check out our newest post, Winter One Hundred Years Ago 2014-15!

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 05, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-05-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-%e2%80%93-december-05-1864/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:11 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16167 Montgomery is currently in New Orleans, Louisiana, on leave.

Up early and entered into the great city of New Orleans. Hundreds of vessels, crowd the extensive harbor, of over ten miles length. Men of war of different foreign nations anchored in the River. Any number of schooners, brigs, steam boats &c to be seen. Wandering over the city, visited Mr. Hatch 16, Satchez St. and in company with himself & his father went to Paymaster to see about money, but could not get a dollar. Went next to Provost Marshall’s Office[.] Registered my name & got my permit to remain in the city. I there met my friend Lt. W. J. Noren of the 62d. U.S.C.L. and took up my boarding & lodging where he did at 157 Barome St. Mrs. Swift went with him to the Theater and saw fine play Macbeth.


Citation: December 05, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Santa at the U http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-at-the-u/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/santa-at-the-u/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16138

A helicopter delivers Santa to Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota on December 5, 1952.

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“Battle Near Nashville Imminent”, “Sherman” and “Grant”, The Saint Paul Press – December 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battle-near-nashville-imminent-sherman-and-grant-the-saint-paul-press-december-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/battle-near-nashville-imminent-sherman-and-grant-the-saint-paul-press-december-4-1864/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16164

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Silk Day Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/silk-day-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/12/silk-day-dress/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=16135

Dark grey grosgrain silk one-piece princess style, trained day dress. Worn by Amelia Short Messer, Mankato, Minnesota, 1870s.

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