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Paper Fan

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A Japanese paper fan with carved wooden sticks, circa 1900.

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

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A White Earth Ojiwbe bandolier bag made in the early 1900s and owned by Darwin S. Hall who was chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission.

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

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Grange Voting Box

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Today is voting day for the 2014 midterm elections and in that spirit, we present this wooden voting box used by the Minnesota State Grange, the first state grange to be established in the United States in 1869. It has a hinged “secret” compartment and contains 42 marbles and 12 black plastic cubes.

The Grange is a secret and ritualistic fraternal society of farmers and others interested in agriculture.

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

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Rocking Chair

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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

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

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Game Bag

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

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

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U of M Jersey

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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

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

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Beaded Bag

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

A small leather drawstring bag with beaded floral designs, made in Blackduck, MN sometime in the early 1900s.

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

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Plains Cree tobacco pouch

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Plains Cree tobacco pouch

This buckskin pipe bag has beadwork on the lower half that is sewn on heavy cotton canvas and applied; ribbon binds the top edges of the bag. The beadwork and general shape of the bag indicate its origin with the Plains Cree, made in the early 1900s.

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

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First License Plate

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

First License Plate

On this day, May 2 in 1903 the first Minnesota automobile license plate was issued to R.C. Wright of St. Paul for his Packard. This is that plate. It was issued by the State Boiler Inspector and is made of black leather with a brass number 1.

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

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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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