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Glass vessel

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Glass vessel by Douglas Becker

Glass vessel created by Minnesota artist Douglas Becker in 2005.  The shape of the vessel suggests a strawberry, with clusters of white and pink glass nodules on the surface and additional glass and copper pieces forming a leafy top.

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I-35W bridge sign

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I-35W bridge sign

Highway identification sign for Interstate 35W. The sign marked the interstate where it crossed the Mississippi River at Bridge 9340. Bridge 9340 collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing thirteen people. The sign’s heavy surface scratches may be a result of the collapse.

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Bert Blyleven bobblehead doll

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Bert Blyleven bobblehead doll

Long-time Minnesota Twins pitcher and TV commentator Bert Blyleven was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past Sunday, July 24th, 2011. This bobblehead doll is one of a series owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and was given out during a June 8, 2001 Twins game.

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Kirby Puckett bobblehead doll

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Kirby Puckett bobblehead doll

Kirby Puckett bobblehead doll distributed at the 08/19/2001 Twins game vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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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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