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Sunflowers

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A tiny (5 inches x 3 inches) watercolor painting of sunflowers, made by Mac Le Sueur in 1986.

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Batik Square

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Indigo dyed cotton batik square depicting a loon bordered by steps and mountain motif. White and red cotton borders. Batik is a traditional art form but has been adapted for commercial sale. Made or provided by Yong Sa Vang, and sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1980s.

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Nemadji Pottery Mug

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

A Nemadji pottery mug from the “Forest Impressions” line. This one shows a silver maple leaf in black. Nemadji Pottery opened in Northern Minnesota in 1923 and closed in 2002. This mug is from the 1980s or 90s.

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Headwaters Signpost

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

A monument formerly located in Itasca State Park, marking the origin of the Mississippi River at the outlet of Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The monument consists of a partial tree trunk with a flat rectangular surface cut out on one side. Carved into the flat surface, and painted brilliant orange yellow, is: “HERE 1475 FT / ABOVE / THE OCEAN / THE MIGHTY / MISSISSIPPI / BEGINS / TO FLOW / ON ITS / WINDING WAY / 2552 MILES / TO THE / GULF / OF MEXICO.” Circa 1975-1988.

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Robert St. Bridge

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A watercolor on paper showing the Robert Street bridge and railroad tracks. Made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

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Bresnahan Teapot

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

A flat Tanegashima teapot (A) with lid (B) and silicon dioxide stone feet and lid handle made by Minnesota artist Richard Bresnahan in 1989. Handle made by Minnesota artist Paul Krueger.

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Embroidered Checkbook Cover

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

An embroidered folded checkbook cover with zippered pocket made by Thu Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1989.

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Soul Asylum Guitar

Monday, October 12th, 2015

A Gibson Les Paul gold-top six-string electric guitar (.A) with black nylon strap (.B), housed in a steel-reinforced transport case (.C). Guitar was purchased by Dan Murphy at Benedict’s Music Store on Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis circa 1985 and was used in recording and performances until 2012 when Murphy left Soul Asylum.

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Space Suit

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

A space suit jacket worn by astronaut George ‘Pinky’ Nelson between 1983 and 1988. Nelson, of Willmar, Minnesota, was a veteran of three space flights, serving aboard STS-41-C (Challenger), STS-61C (Columbia) and STS-26 (Discovery). He wore this suit aboard STS-26 Discovery in September, 1988, which was the first mission flown after the Challenger disaster in January, 1986. The jacket features velcro patches including “NASA”, a United States flag, a name tag that reads “G. NELSON”, and a mission logo that includes the names of the astronauts aboard STS-26: “LOUNGE HILLMERS NELSON / HAUCK COVEY”. The jacket has an interior label with the text “CONTRACT NO NASA-16589 / ILC SPACE SYSTEMS”.

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1980 Twins

Friday, June 19th, 2015

A color photograph of the 1980 Minnesota Twins baseball team. Although they finished third in their division, only one player made the All-Star team, outfielder Ken Landreaux (third from left in the middle row).

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