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Makak

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

An Ojibwe birchbark makak decorated with scraped floral designs. Used in pageants held at Itasca State Park, Minnesota, in the early-to-mid 1900s. The pageants were written by Jack Rohr to celebrate the anniversary of the Schoolcraft exploration of the source of the Mississippi River.

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Picnic Badge

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

A paper badge shaped like a lightbulb used at the Saint Paul Gas Light Company’s eighth annual employees’ picnic, held at Wildwood Park in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, July 24, 1924.

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Yellowstone Calendar

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

A calendar created to promote the Northern Pacific Railway and its route through Yellowstone National Park. Represents the month of January, 1928.

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Ojibwe Gloves

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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Farming Button

Monday, February 8th, 2016

A button distributed by The Minneapolis Daily News that states “Let’s Make Farming Pay. Circa 1920.

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Ojiwbe Dance Apron

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

This dance apron or breech cloth was owned and worn by George Peake, also known as Little Moose, an Ojibwe dramatic reader and story teller from the White Earth Nation. Polychrome floral bead work on black velvet, edges bound with red cloth tape, backed with black silk fabric. It forms part of a costume with the vest, 1995.95.1.1. Possibly made by Nora Reedfield of Mankato, MN.

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Ojibwe Beaded Bag

Monday, December 21st, 2015

An Ojibwe beaded purse with floral design. Dated to the early 20th century.

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Minnesota Arms Shotgun

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A single barrel shotgun manufactured for the Minnesota Arms Co. The gun was probably made by Crescent Fire Arms Co. of Norwich, Connecticut, which manufactured firearms for retailers and distributors under private labels. The break-action shotgun has an exposed hammer, a walnut two-piece pistol grip stock, a black hard rubber butt plate, and a bead foresight. Probably made in the 1920s.

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Still

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

A prohibition era photograph of a still being dismantled in St. Paul, circa 1922.

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Rookwood Bookends

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A pair of molded earthenware Rookwood bookends with matte infantry blue glaze. Manufactured by Rookwood Potteries, Cincinnati, OH in 1922.

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