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Commemorative Quilt

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A cotton quilt made to resemble a United States flag with one star on a blue field in the top left corner. Within the red and white stripes are dates and campaigns that document the Civil War service of Joseph W. Britton, a member of the 3rd Minnesota, Company E. A reproduction of his Civil War Corps badge is embroidered on the quilt. The pieced border is set on point and alternates stars and bars, and there is red cotton backing. It features diamond quilting with decorative Union shields on the border. Contained within the border stars are inked names and dates of the Hanse family members as the corps badge was passed down within the family. 1998.

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Super Bowl Ticket

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

A ticket to Super Bowl XXVI, held at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills. January 1992.

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

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory open now.

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Cathedral Forest

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

A woodcut on paper by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, showing a twilight-lit forest reflecting onto the surface of a lake. Made in the 1990s.

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Rock and Roll Candy

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A promotional candy bar from Soul Asylum’s “Candy from a Stranger” album release, 1998.

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MNHS T-shirt

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

A yellow T-shirt featuring the title page from Karal Ann Marling’s book, “Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair”, created by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.

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World Series Banner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A large hand-made pennant banner made of black and red felt. The pennant reads “Racists” above an image of a tomahawk. The banner was made by Joe D. Horse Capture and Lisa Ranallo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the presence of the Atlanta Braves baseball team’s name and their fans’ “tomahawk chop” at the 1991 World Series, held in Minneapolis.

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Lutefisk Bib

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A paper bib with Norwegian text that translates to “Lutefisk lovers love tonight”. Probably from the 1990s.

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Zubaz

Monday, June 27th, 2016

A pair of purple zebra-print pants featuring the Minnesota Vikings football team logo, made by Zubaz of Minnesota, 1990.

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Hero Money

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

A package of play money with 24 bills of various denominations by Black Berry Graphics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992. Cellophane and paper package is printed with “REAL SENSE / PLAY MONEY FOR CHILDREN”. Inside are bills printed with portraits of African-American heroes, four bills each of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Elijah McCoy, Nat Love and W. E. B. Du Bois.

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BWCA Canoe

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A 17 foot fiberglass canoe made by Dagger which is covered with thousands of signatures of Minnesota citizens in black marker. It was signed in July 1996 and transported to Washington, DC to protest proposed legislation to increase use of motor vehicles on portages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park.

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