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Surveyors

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Surveyors

A large framed daguerreotype of five men with surveying equipment. Made in the 1850s.

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St. Paul daguerreotype

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

St. Paul daguerreotype

A daguerreotype showing a view of St. Paul and the First Baptist Church. Taken in 1851.

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Portrait of Dr. Josiah Snelling

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Portrait of Dr. Josiah Snelling

An ambrotype of Dr. Josiah R. Snelling with his dog in 1855. Snelling was the first commander of Fort Saint Anthony, which later became Fort Snelling.

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Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls

Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls and stores along Main Street, St. Anthony, made in the 1850s.

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Portrait of Charles Green McChesney Mount

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Portrait of Charles Green McChesney Mount

1/6 plate Daguerreotype of Charles Green McChesney Mount. Made around 1855.

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1850s top hat

Friday, May 31st, 2013

1850s top hat

Black silk top hat retailed by G. J. Laage in Quincy, Illinois and bought by Peter Rusche of Saint Paul, Minnesota, circa 1859.

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Plow

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Plow

Wooden plow made in Sweden circa 1850 and brought to the United States by Swedish immigrants in 1890.  The plow is featured in the podcast “They Chose Minnesota: Immigration to the North Star State.”

For details, view the plow in our online collections database.

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Faribault family portrait

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Faribault family portrait

Ambrotype of the family of Jean Baptiste Faribault taken on the occasion of the wedding of his son, George Faribault, to Euphrasine St. Antoine circa 1850.  Present are, clockwise from top left: Alexander Faribault, Father Augustin Ravoux, Jean Baptiste Faribault, Euphrasine St. Antoine Faribault, and George Faribault.

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Patchwork crib quilt

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Patchwork crib quilt

Crib quilt made of printed cotton and pieced in a star pattern. Created in 1853 and used by the children of writer and educator Edward Duffield Neill in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Neill was an important figure in early Minnesota history. He was chaplain to the 1st Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War; secretary to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson; and a president of Macalester College.

For details, view the quilt in our online collections database.  It is on view as part of the exhibit Minnesota and the Civil War, open to the public at the Minnesota History Center through September 8, 2013.

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Birdella Ross and sister

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Birdella Ross and sister

Studio photograph taken circa 1858 of Birdella M. Ross and her (probably twin) sister.

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