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“Melting Ice Palace”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

“Melting Ice Palace”

The 1947 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace melting during warm weather, January 27, 1947.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on January 27, 1947.

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Weather or Not: Winter in Minnesota

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As Minnesotans, we love to talk about the weather. Talk about it, obsess over it, live in it, love it. Or love hating it, at least. Since the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Crashed Ice start soon, we thought this a good time to look at a variety of winter weather from images and film in our Collection, including an Easter snowball fight, winter swimming, -20 degrees, and blizzards. Enjoy the misery of others and maybe watch it again come July!

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Produced by Sondra Reierson

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History on Ice!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Ice skating has long been part of Minnesota’s identity and winter traditions. In this podcast we examine the beginnings of the sport in the state as well as some early innovators who had national and worldwide impact. Enjoy the history, and then get out there – the ice is perfect!
Sondra Reierson

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Music credit:  Chabrier – España ft. NE Iowa high school musicians (Jason Weinberger & the WCFSO) / CC BY 3.0

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Winter on the Hill

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Winter on the Hill

Each year, the staff of the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, presents a display of historic Winter Carnival memorabilia in the Music Room of the house.  The display coincides with the Winter Carnival in St. Paul, and provides a view into the past, highlighting the involvement of the Hill Family in the Carnival and winter sports activities.  The display showcases examples of the breadth and depth of the Society’s collections which includes items representing 125 years of Carnival history.

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The objects in the display date from 1887, the second year of the Winter Carnival, to 1917 when Louis Hill was involved with its revival.  The lap robe and snow shoes belonged to James J. and Mary Hill, respectively.   The objects inside the case are ephemera from Carnivals in 1887, 1888, and 1916, and are a good representation of graphic and advertising styles from those years.  They also document early St. Paul businesses marketing Carnival souvenirs.

Paul Storch, Collections Liaison, Historic Sites and Museums Division

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Vulcanus Rex ‘Flame’ coat

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Vulcanus Rex 'Flame' coat

St. Paul Winter Carnival ‘Flame’ Coat with name tag and 1968 Carnival button. Worn by Vulcanus Rex XXI, Howard Christensen. Manufactured by Stanbury & Co. Uniforms, Brookfield, MO., 1968.

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“Hi, neighbor!”

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

St. Paul Winter Carnival button features King Boreas, the St. Paul skyline, and the Minneapolis skyline. The button reads, ” ‘HI, NEIGHBOR!’ ‘ / 1953 / SAINT PAUL / WINTER CARNIVAL / JAN.30 thru FEB.8″.  Manufacturer unknown, 1953.

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Winter Carnival uniform

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Winter Carnival uniform

When Carnival returned in 1917, people from Schuneman’s and Evan’s Department Store celebrated in style! This was the group’s marching uniform. Imagine a whole bunch of people wearing this coming toward you…

Yellow heavy wool coat and knickers style pants with blue and white polka dots and black stripes. The coat front fastens with four buttons and a self-belt with two buttons. The letters “S&E”  (Schuneman’s and Evan’s Department Store) are on the left sleeve. Coat label reads, “Genuine Summit Mackinaw coat.”  The pants fasten with six buttons inside waistband. Circa 1917.

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Winter Carnival Medallion

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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St. Paul Winter Carnival souvenir medallion featuring the 1887 Ice Palace and highlighting winter sports. The text on the front reads, “ST. PAUL ICE PALACE & WINTER CARNIVAL / 1887.” The back features five winter scenes and four symbols of winter sports. The text on the back reads, “CITY OF ST. PAUL / INCORPORATED MARCH 4 1854.” Manufacturer unknown, 1887.

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Boreas Rex Costume Crown

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Boreas Rex Costume Crown

Royal purple velveteen crown with adjustable gilt metal band adorned with a large oval brass filigree medallion with an inset rose colored glass jewel. Worn as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1955.

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St. Paul Winter Carnival

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

It’s time once again for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, and Reference Librarian Hamp Smith celebrates with a look at Winter Carnival materials in the Society’s collections. Highlights include photographs, personal diaries, marching uniforms, and film footage of the 1916 and 1942 parades.

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