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Swede Hollow

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Swede Hollow

An oil on canvas painting of Swede Hollow in the winter made by Paul Kramer in 1984.

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Cheese Rustlers T-shirt

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Cheese Rustlers T-shirt

Cotton T-shirt representing the Cheese Rustlers Cooperative, a Minneapolis, Minnesota feminist organization and food co-op. The T-shirt features a white silk-screened image of a woman dressed in western wear lassoing a winged wedge of Swiss cheese. Made in the early 1980s.

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“Farewell to the Met” Minnesota Vikings pennant

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

On this day, September 17, in 1961 the Minnesota Vikings played their very first game, beating the Chicago Bears 37-13 at Met Stadium. This pennant from 1981 commemorates 150 football games played at Metropolitan Stadium and highlights the first game versus the Chicago Bears and the last game versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Flyte Time

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Flyte Time

Members of the band Flyte Tyme, including Terry Lewis (middle center), Cynthia Johnson (bottom center), and Jellybean Johnson (back right), pose for a group photograph in their Halloween costumes. Captured by photographer Charles Chamblis circa 1980.

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Hmong earrings

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Hmong earrings

Pair of fine silver (>92.5% silver content) slip-on earrings made in a traditional Hmong style. The U-shaped loops curve under the wearer’s earlobes, ending in spirals behind the ears; the front sides of the earrings are decorated with silver cones with beading on their bases. Free-sliding rings on the U-shaped loops hold seven pendants of spiral wire each ending in two flat arrowhead shapes. The earrings were made in refugee camps in Thailand by a Hmong refugee and relative of May Yang. Yang brought the earrings to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1981.

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

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Hmong wooden top

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Hmong wooden top

Wooden top made in June of 1983 by Sying Yang, a Hmong immigrant to St. Paul, when he was 13 years old.

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Hmong rice cake tub

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Rice cake tub

Rice cake tub made by Xiong Pao Yang, a resident of St. Paul’s Mcdonough Housing Projects, in 1984.  The tub was used by Yang’s relatives in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area until 1995. The making of glutinous rice cakes is a communal event for Hmong families in which multiple relatives gather together in a single place.

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

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New Riverside Cafe recipe box

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

New Riverside Cafe recipe box

Plastic box and laminated paper recipe cards used by cooks at the New Riverside Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota between 1980 and 1997.  The cards in front of the box display recipes for wild rice salad, vegan cinnamon rolls, and a “deluxe” calzone with cheese sauce.

The New Riverside Cafe was the first full-service vegetarian restaurant in Minneapolis and an early example of the cooperatively-owned and -operated business that flourished in the Twin Cities beginning in the 1970s.   The cafe closed its doors in 1997.

For details, view the recipe box in our online collections database.

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Statuette of Joseph Nicollet

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Statuette of Joseph Nicollet

Miniature version  of a Joseph Nicollet memorial sculpture cast by Paul Theodore Granlund in 1985.   The bronze statuette consists of a cylindrical base supporting a bronze likeness of geographer and explorer Joseph Nicollet (1786-1843) peering through a surveying instrument that frames his figure.  The full-size sculpture sits on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

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Hmong paj ornament

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Hmong paj ornament

Hmong paj (flower in English; pronounced “pa”) ornament made of plastic beads and embroidery floss. Ornaments of this type are typically hung in a doorway or from a ceiling. Made in St. Paul, Minnesota circa 1982 by May Yang.

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