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1st MN

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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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Morrison Family

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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

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Little Rock

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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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First State Capitol

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this Carte de Visite showing the first Minnesota State Capitol in 1865. The Carte de Visite was a wildly successful photographic medium because it used a negative/paper print process which made it possible to make cheap multiples from a single negative. A glass negative is made, sometimes with several images of the same subject on it, and then is used to make a paper albumen print which is mounted on a card.

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Sam Bloomer

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this tintype portrait of Samuel Bloomer, member of Company B of the First Minnesota. The tintype was a popular photographic method in the 1860s and 70s because it was fast to make, much cheaper than a daguerreotype and was relatively durable. The process was similar to the ambrotype, but instead of glass, the image is made on a black lacquered piece of iron.

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Densmore Family

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this ambrotype double portrait of the Densmore family, circa 1863. The ambrotype process is an off-shoot of the wet-plate collodion process where a positive image is made on glass then viewed against a black background.

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Confederate flag captured by the Fourth MN

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Confederate flag captured by the Fourth MN

Two-sided pieced silk Confederate battle flag is painted on the white stripe “Our Rights” and” [Claib]orne Rangers”. The flag was captured from a mounted company of the 12th Louisiana Regiment by the 4th Minnesota Regiment on May 14, 1863 at Jackson, Mississippi.

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J.R. Beatty

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

J.R. Beatty

An interesting photo card that shows a small photo of Captain J.R. Beatty of the 2nd Minnesota as well as a physical description, circa 1863.

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Rocking Chair

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Rocking Chair

Rocking chair made of wood, possibly oak. The chair has curved arms supported by stiles, a floral machine-carved crest rail above a cane back, and a wood seat with a perforated five-point star motif. The front legs and stretcher are turned while the back legs are saber. The chair is probably from a cabin built by the Freeman family between 1862 and 1863 on Birch Lake in White Bear township, Minnesota.

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Log cabin silk quilt

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Log cabin silk quilt

Log cabin quilt in Barn Raising pattern. Pieced blocks of multicolored printed silks, woven stripes and plaids, brocades and woven grosgrain ribbons. Black silk center squares. Gray silk binding. Backing is a brown and gray striped dress silk. Hand pieced and hand sewn, circa 1860.

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