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Tonka Dumptruck

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Tonka Dumptruck

A chromed steel toy dump truck made in 1990 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic steel Tonka Dumptruck. Made by Tonka Corporation of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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

To learn more about Tonka and other Minnesota toy manufactures, please visit our new exhibit titled Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s now open at the History Center.

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Shopping Basket

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Shopping Basket

Shopping basket woven from three colors of recycled plastic carton straps (green, yellow, black) with two loop handles for carrying. Made by Thong Toua Yang of St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1993.

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

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Uniform Hat

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Uniform Hat

United States Navy issued women’s uniform hat. Worn by Michele Lindgren 1974-1993.

For details, view this hat in our collections database.

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Steger Axe

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Steger Axe

Climbing axe made from a blue painted aluminum shaft with a pointed iron end and an iron pick at the other. Labeled “Chouinard Equipment”. Used by Will Steger on the 1990 Trans-Antarctica Expedition.

For details, view this axe in our collections database.

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Stoneware Jar

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Stoneware Jar

Small ribbed stoneware jar with lug handles made by Lisa Cotton, 1996.

For details, view this jar in our collections database.

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Ceramic teapot by Charles and Nancy Halling

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Ceramic teapot by Charles and Nancy Halling

Clay teapot and cover made by Charles Halling and decorated by Nancy Halling of Northfield, Minnesota, in the 1990s.

For details, view this teapot in our collections database.

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Qeej (wind instrument)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Qeej (wind instrument)

Bamboo and metal qeej (pronounced kheng) made by Shong Ger Thao of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1999.  A qeej is a free-reed musical instrument with multiple pipes.  Though Chinese in origin, the instrument is played by Hmong as well as Dong musicians.

For details, view the qeej 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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Hmong rice steamer

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Hmong rice steamer

Rice steamer (in Hmong,  lauj ncuab ncus mov or pot making rice) consisting of two parts:  a spittoon-like aluminum vessel and a woven bamboo basket in an elongated cone shape. Purchased in 1995 and used by members of the Hmong community in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For details, view the rice steamer in our online collections database.

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Hmong New Year outfit

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Hmong New Year outfit

Man’s ensemble to be worn at Hmong New Year celebrations made by Mrs. You Mai Chang (Sai Yang) of St. Paul, Minnesota circa 1999.  The ensemble includes a jacket, vest, pants, sash, and hat.  The sash is a traditional Chinese accessory and was purchased by Mrs. Chang to accessorize the outfit.

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

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