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“Red Shirt”

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

An oil on canvas painting titled “Red Shirt” made by Minnesota artist Elof Wedin in 1954. Wedin was a Swedish-American artist who worked a day-job installing duct work and insulation for boilers and painted at night and on the weekends.

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The Emperor Visits a Farm

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie visits the farm of Edwin Doty outside of Rochester on June 9, 1954.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Tornado Aftermath

Friday, March 13th, 2015

A man views the damage after an early spring tornado hits the northern St. Cloud area on March 21, 1953.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Snowshoe Delivery

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A milkman dons snowshoes to make his deliveries during a snowy March 1951.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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George Morrison

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Tomorrow, February 14 a new exhibit opens at the History Center highlighting the work of Minnesota artist George Morrison. Titled Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, it features 80 works by this Native American modernist.

This untitled abstract artwork in the MNHS collection was made by George Morrison in 1959. It was made during his time living in New York City when he mingled with artists like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

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Tractor and Motorcycle

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

A man on a well used Harley-Davidson motorcycle stops to chat with a farmer on May 8, 1953.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Accordion

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A Hohner accordion used on the campaign trail by Coya Knutson, the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota in the 1950s and 60s.

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Winter Carnival Float

Friday, February 6th, 2015

A Hamm’s Brewing Company float passing by the old Minnesota Historical Society Building during the 1950 St. Paul Winter Carnival parade.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Goal

Friday, January 30th, 2015

A University of Minnesota hockey player scores a goal against North Dakota on February 7, 1954.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Roy Wilkins

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

On this day, January 20 in 1969 President Johnson awards the Medal of Freedom to civil rights activist Roy Wilkins. Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1923.

This photograph from 1959 shows Roy Wilkins (center) with Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.

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