Folding brisé fan made of ivory (brisé fans have individual blade or stick elements instead of a fan leaf). Its blades are attached at the head with a metal rivet. A white ribbon runs throughout and attaches the blades to each other. The accompanying ivory case has a purple lining and brass hinges. The fan belonged to Harriet Haynes, a St. Paul school teacher who may have carried it at a Fort Snelling ball given for General George Custer in the 1870s.
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Official seal used by Lawrence Taliaferro in his capacity as Indian Agent of St. Peters near Fort Snelling–a position he held from 1820 to 1839. The seal has a turned wooden handle and its metal stamp reads “ST. PETERS INDIAN AGENCY” with a crossed peace pipe and hatchet at center.
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Folding reed organ made by the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont, circa 1935. The organ was used as part of a military chaplain’s field equipment during World War II. After the war, it was used in programs at the Fort Snelling post hospital.
A plaster cast of a bear painted a copper color, made as an occupational therapy project by Erminio Belletinio of Saint Louis, Missouri, while at the U.S. 29th General Hospital, Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa World War I. Belletinio was a member of the U.S. Army 30th Division, 115th Field Artillery, Battery B.
Curator Matt Anderson shares the story behind a World War II-era folding reed organ used at the Fort Snelling post hospital. Organist Sally Reynolds performs the hymn “Rock of Ages” on the recently-conserved instrument.
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Brian Szott, Curator of Art, looks at changing views of Fort Snelling seen through artwork and photography of the 19th and 20th Centuries. (6 min. 46 sec. / 17.5 MB)
Additional images of Fort Snelling can be seen in the Visual Resources Database. More about Fort Snelling artist Seth Eastman can be found under History Topics, and at the exhibit page for Seth Eastman: Artist on the Frontier.