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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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Ceramic plate

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Ceramic plate

Ceramic plate made by St. Paul artist Kirk Lyttle, 2008.

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Betty Crocker toy baking set

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Betty Crocker toy baking set

28-piece plastic baking set includes cake candies, eggs, butter, chocolate chips, cake mixes, milk, measuring spoons, a spatula, a mixing bowl, a mixing spoon, and more. Manufactured for General Mills, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota by Creative Designs International, Limited, Feasterville, Pennsylvania. Made in China; copyright 2005.

For more details, view the baking set in our online collections catalog.

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RNC folding chair

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Republican National Convention folding chair

Folding chair used at the 2008 Republican National Convention held in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center.  The chair has a steel frame and a padded red seat and back. An adhesive label affixed to its top back reads “Kentucky.”

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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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