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Duct Tape Purse

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Duct Tape Purse

Red duct tape handbag, made by Carly Stipe of St. Paul, Minnesota in 2003.

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

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“Dictionary”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A mixed media artwork titled Dictionary, made by Minnesota artist Steven Woodward in 2005.

This artwork is currently on view at the James J. Hill House. Please view their hours here.

For more information, view this artwork in our collections database.

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Mug used by Ann Bancroft

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Mug used by Ann Bancroft

An Outdoor Research stainless-steel mug used by Ann Bancroft on the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

See more Ann Bancroft related materials in Collections Online.

See Ann Bancroft related works in the MNHS Library Collection.

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

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“Magnet”

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A very large oil painting on canvas made by Michael Kareken in 2009.

For more information, view this painting in our collections database.

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Ruth Tanbara triptych

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Ruth Tanbara triptych

Acrylic on canvas triptych celebrating the life of Ruth Nomura Tanbara. Tanbara was a central figure in the Twin Cities’ Japanese-American community for more than four decades, serving as St. Paul’s YWCA adult education director and international program director from 1942-1972 and helping to found the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. During World War II, Tanbara helped more than 100 Japanese American evacuees of West coast internment camps find homes in the Twin Cities. The commemorative artwork was made by HIRO in 2005.

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

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I-35W bridge reconstruction helmet

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

I-35W bridge reconstruction helmet, frontI-35W bridge reconstruction helmet, back

Plastic hard hat worn by Mike Noonan, CEO of Portable Barge Service, Inc., during the reconstruction of the I35-W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis following its collapse in August of 2007. The hat bears 15 stickers associated with projects in which Portable Barge Service, Inc. participated.

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

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Bear sculpture

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Bear sculpture

Sculpture carved in 2002 by artist Perry Carlson from Minnesota oak acquired at Buburl’s on Highway 36 near Stillwater, Minnesota.   To carve the sculpture, Carlson used a Stihl brand chainsaw, chisels, a power sander, and other implements.  The bear holds a removable sign made of kiln-dried wood. Its eyes are marbles, and the entire piece is sealed with Spar brand urethane.

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

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Ojibwe birch bark makak

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Ojibwe birch bark makak

Birch bark makak (basket) with floral embroidery made by Rebecca LaFromboise of Redby, Minnesota.  The basket is assembled with basswood (linden) lacing. The exterior edging consists of four evenly spaced birch bark triangles laced to the rim and secured under wood strip reinforcements. The front wall face of the basket is decorated with a floral motif featuring a three-petal flower, one leaf and three curled stem extensions. The motif is embroidered with dyed porcupine quills in shades of red, yellow, light green and dark green.

A card in the basket includes this statement by the artist:

When our Ojibwe ancestor’s [sic] came out of The Big Woods [of] Minnesota and Wisconsin 250 years ago and migrated west onto the Northern Plains of the Dakota’s, they brought with them the ancient art form of birchbark work. These decorative baskets were used for utilitarian purposes. The bark is white birch, the rim is made of ash, and the twine is bass wood fiber. We call these baskets Wigizi Mokok (Birchbark baskets). I and my family are Chippewa from the Turtle MT. Band and reside in Dunseith, N.D. at the heart of Turtle Island, enjoy Megwetch (Thank You).

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

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T.C. Bear

Friday, April 6th, 2012

T.C. Bear bobblehead doll

T.C. Bear bobblehead doll manufactured in 2008. T.C. Bear, introduced in 2000, is the mascot of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, whose season starts today (April 6, 2012).

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Coffee pot by Carolyn Halliday

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Coffee pot by Carolyn Halliday

Coffee pot sculpture by Minneapolis-based artist Carolyn Halliday, 2001.  The sculpture is made of knitted copper and silver wire with birch bark inserts.  Small glass beads in shades of green, tan and brown accent the pot’s handle and top.  The separable lid also has bead accents and a birch bark insert.  Lacquer has been applied to stiffen the pot’s shape.

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