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DFL 40th Anniversary button

Friday, April 15th, 2011

DFL 40th Anniversary button

On April 15th in 1944 and with major help from Hubert H. Humphrey, the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party merged into the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party known as the DFL. This Walter Mondale campaign button commemorates the 40th anniversary of this event in 1984.

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Geraldine Ferraro

Monday, March 28th, 2011

On July 12, 1984, Walter Mondale made history in Saint Paul when he introduced Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate for the Vice Presidency of the United States. Rep. Ferraro was the first woman, and the first Italian-American, to run on a major party ticket. Geraldine Ferraro passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. These photos and objects are just a sample of the many items from the 1984 campaign in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.

Learn more about Ferraro and Mondale’s campaign in the Walter F. Mondale Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society.

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St. Patrick’s Day buttons

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

St. Patrick's Day buttons

This assortment of buttons from the Society’s collections represents the annual St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 1968-1989, as well as the Minneapolis celebration and those of several local Irish pubs. These buttons are a small sampling of the Historical Society’s extensive button collection.

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Minnesota Woman’s Labor Union button

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Minnesota Woman's Labor Union button

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union button in red, white and blue. Date unknown.

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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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Minneapolis “Christmas City” button

Friday, December 24th, 2010


Minneapolis “Christmas City” button. Round pinback button is white with green border. Illustration of Christmas tree at center. Green text reads “MINNEAPOLIS BRIGHTEST / Christmas City.”  Circa 1930-50.

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Prohibition button

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Prohibition button

Small red, white and blue round litho pinback metal pro-prohibition button and card reading, “Wear this button! Save the 18th Amendment – help build up- don’t tear down – Fight Wet Propaganda – Show your colors!” Circa 1918.

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An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs