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Beaded drawstring bag

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Beaded drawstring bag

A large beaded leather drawstring bag with six metal ornaments and blue wool yarn. The bag is either Cheyenne or Dakota (probably Teton) and is from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, N.D. Circa 1900.

This bag can also be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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

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Schuetzen Rifle

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Schuetzen Rifle

Single shot percussion Schuetzen rifle. A Schuetzen rifle is a single-shot target rifle commonly used by competition shooters from 1875 to 1945. This rifle has a heavy octagonal steel barrel and walnut half stock decorated with brass nails and checkering at the wrist, an inlaid brass dog, and a carved fore end cap. It also has an elaborate locking system, a double-set trigger, and a Swiss style butt plate. Made by Bachner Brothers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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Cree Beaded Holster

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Cree Beaded Holster

A Cree beaded leather gun holster made as a tourist item in the early 1900s.

For details, view this holster in our collections database.

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Herz Iron

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Herz Iron

Help Mate gas hand iron made of cast iron with a chromed finish and black painted wood handle grip. Made by the HERZ Manufacturing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota in the early 1900s.

For details, view this iron in our collections database.

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Snow Scene

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Snow Scene

A street scene in Heron Lake, MN after a large 1909 snowstorm.

For details, view this postcard in our collections database.


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Bad Luck Stickpin

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Bad Luck Stickpin

Stickpin in the form of a black cat with the words “My Mascot” written in silver. Circa the early 1900s.

For details, view this pin in our collections database.

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2013 Fishing Opener

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

2013 Fishing Opener

Calvert Fredric Spensley and an unidentified companion pose with their catch of fish circa 1900. For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

The 2013 Minnesota fishing season begins May 11.

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Ojibwe family portrait

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ojibwe family portrait

An Ojibwe family poses for a portrait in a photographer’s studio circa 1905.

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

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Sled

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Sled

Wooden sled with two sets of steel runners and a steerable front end that can be flexed in order to turn the sled, and that snaps back into a forward position by means of a steel spring. Used by Peter H. ffolliott, Sr. and family circa 1900.

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

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Debutante’s coat

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Debutante's coat

Coat of beige velvet and gold lame beaded with rhinestones and cut crystals and featuring a fur collar and cuffs. The coat was made by dressmaker Julia Tomasek of St. Paul, Minnesota and worn by Hazel Thompson, a St. Paul debutante, between 1905 and 1909.

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

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