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Glass bowl

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Glass bowl

Glass bowl made by Dick Huss of Saint Paul, Minnesota. 2007.

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“Kiwi” fiber necklace

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

“Kiwi” fiber necklace with flame worked beads by Bernadette Mahfood, Winona, Minnesota. Circa 2008.

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“Flying” stoneware sculpture

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

“Flying” stoneware sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross from Hovland, Minnesota, circa 2006. Represents an individual holding a black bird with wings outstretched above its head. Sculpture was acquired at the American Craft Council Craft Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead doll made by Funko Inc. in Lynwood, Washington, circa 2000. Lucky is the advertising icon for Lucky Charms cereal, a product of General Mills, Inc. based in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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“Wrestler” St. Patrick’s Day card

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Jesse Ventura St. Patrick's Day card coverJesse Ventura St. Patrick's Day card inside

St. Patrick’s Day card featuring Jesse Ventura in a green leprechaun suit reads “After a glass of St. Patrick’s Day cheer”, inside reads “The streets of St. Paul become perfectly clear!” The sentiment of the card refers to Governor Ventura’s remarks on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1999, that the streets of St. Paul must have been laid out by drunken Irishmen, because the street grid made no sense. (There was a fair uproar after he said this.) Manufactured by Minnesota Moon, ca. 1999.

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Irish in Minnesota

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Irish in Minnesota

This book was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. Authored by Ann Regan with a forward by Bill Holm, it is a concise history of Irish in Minnesota including farming, politics, and community organization.

Available in the MHS Library or Bookstore.

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Gourd painted like Jesse Ventura

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Gourd painted like Jesse Ventura

A round, bulbous gourd painted to resemble then-governor Jesse Ventura. Written on the front of the shirt is “I’m “Jesse” that’s why!”. Made by Leta H., circa 2000.

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Jane Russell matchbook

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Jane Russell matchbook frontJane Russell matchbook back

Bemidji native Jane Russell was one of Hollywood’s premier actresses in the 1940s and 1950s. During this time, the voluptuous star appeared in more than two dozen feature films. In 1955, Ms. Russell founded the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), an organization that places international children with adoptive American families.

This paper matchbook outlines this and other biographical information and also features a photograph of Jane Russell. It was issued by the Great Lakes Match Club as number three in the “Famous Minnesotans Series” and was manufactured in 2001 by Eadie Enterprises, Golden Bridge, New York.

Jane Russell died at the age of 89 on Monday, February 28, 2011.

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“Country First” campaign button

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Presidential campaign button

“McCain / Palin” button. Button has color portraits/photos of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Sarah Palin. Button was distributed during the 2008 Republican National Convention, held in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center.

And while we’re on the subject of Washington, come Discover the Real George Washington, on display at the Minnesota Historical Society from February 22 - May 29, 2011. Happy Birthday, George!

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Guy Noir Bobblehead Doll

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Guy Noir Bobblehead Doll

Bobblehead in the likeness of Garrison Keillor dressed as private investigator Guy Noir, a character from Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show.  Made by VisABILITY, circa 2000.

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