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September 2, 2009

New Library Hours Start on September 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracey Baker @ 3:28 pm

As a result of recent budget cuts, the Minnesota Historical Society Library hours have changed.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, new hours will be Tuesdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 pm.; and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays.

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June 30, 2009

Lucile Kane Memorial

Filed under: Events — ottokd @ 3:21 pm

Colleagues and friends will commemorate Lucile Kane’s life and career at a gathering organized by her friends to be held Monday, July 6, 3:00 p.m., at the James J. Hill House in Saint Paul. Please tell others who knew her and may want to attend.

If you would like to submit a one - two paragraph statement about Lucile Kane for the memorial program, send to Mary Bakeman by July 2.

The Hill House is closed on Mondays, but will be open for those attending this event.

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May 27, 2009

More Oral Histories From Minnesota’s Greatest Generation

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 9:56 am

The latest oral histories from the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project are now available to view and to listen to in the Library. This news is very timely because the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit at the History Center just opened.

This project chronicles the lives of Minnesota men and women through the World War II years. The interviews include the perspectives of war veterans, Japanese-Americans, German citizens, business leaders, and minorities.

This collection gives users the opportunity to hear the stories of Minnesota’s own Greatest Generation. If you feel inspired, you can share your own Greatest Generation story, too.

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May 19, 2009

Ferrell Flour Milling Industry History Collection Now Available

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 2:06 pm

The materials in this newly available manuscript collection were gathered by Richard Ferrell, who once managed Pillsbury’s historic A Mill. They include flour milling advertisements, marketing materials, promotional items, cookbooks, newsletters, periodicals, architectural drawings, moving images, sound recordings, and photographs. Items produced by Minnesota-based millers form the core of the collection, but it also includes materials from companies in neighboring states, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.

You can view images from this collection in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Photo and Art Database.

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May 8, 2009

Minnesota History Articles Linked from MnPALS Catalog

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 11:09 am

The Minnesota Historical Society Library is pleased to announce that the MnPALS catalog records for 1,347 Minnesota History quarterly articles, from Volume 1 through Volume 56, have been enhanced with links to their digital versions. Now you will be able to access the digital versions of these articles via the library catalog. We will be regularly adding links as the articles become available online.

See the links in action for yourself by browsing the list.

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April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Records Available

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 10:34 am

The State Archives has 1 box of Swine Influenza Immunization Program records from 1975-1979 in the Minnesota Dept. of Health records. The records document the statewide program to immunize vulnerable segments of Minnesota’s population against swine influenza, which in the middle 1970s was epidemic in many parts of the world.

The records include files on the administration of the program and on public outreach and informational activities; data on a grant received by the state from the federal Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare as part of the National Influenza Immunization Program; statistics on vaccine usage and immunizations; and program evaluations from the majority of Minnesota’s counties.

There is also a photo of a woman receiving a swine flu vaccination, a circular advertising swine flu immunization clinics, and a poster (”Roll Up Your Sleeves Minnesota”), all three in the MHS Photo and Art Database.

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April 28, 2009

Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour

Filed under: Events — ottokd @ 5:19 pm

Saturday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m., the Maplewood Area Historical Society and the Forest Lawn Cemetery present “Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions: A Guided Tour of Victorian Headstones.”

A tour guide will describe the meaning of symbols on 1890s headstones and the beliefs and superstitions that fostered those symbols. At a few sites you will encounter costumed characters who will enact scenes from the lives of the persons who rest below the headstones.

Registration is $6.00 in advance, $8.00 the day of the tour. Make checks payable to MAHA (this is a fundraiser for the Maplewood Area Historical Society), but mail your checks to the Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1800 Edgerton Street, Maplewood, MN 55117.

For more information call Janice at 651-735-3280.

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April 22, 2009

MnKnows—Dig Deeper @ Your Library

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 4:18 pm

MnKnows—Dig Deeper @ Your Library ( is the new portal that gives Minnesota students and library patrons one-stop access to five statewide library services: the MnLINK Gateway, Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), Minnesota Reflections, AskMN, and the Research Project Calculator. 

  • Find books, CDs, DVDs, articles and more through the MnLINK Gateway and have them delivered to a local library.
  • Search trusted information resources in the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) to find online articles and electronic books on a vast array of topics.
  • Discover photos, documents and maps related to Minnesota history through Minnesota Reflections.
  • Get real-time answers from a librarian 24/7 at AskMN.
  • Use the Research Project Calculator to create sensible timelines for student’s homework.

A link to the portal is also available on the MHS Library page.

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April 21, 2009

Local History Roundtable Meeting at Central Library in Minneapolis

Filed under: Events — Tracey Baker @ 3:19 pm

JoEllen Haugo of the Hennepin County Central Library in Minneapolis extends an invitation to a gathering of local researchers, historians, writers, and librarians.

Hope you will consider attending a round table discussion on April 28th from 6-7:30 here at Central Library.  It is an opportunity to visit with others involved with our history and to share what projects you are interested in or working on.   


– Have you just published a book? Or you are busy writing one?  Writing an article of interest-but need to figure out who might have the information you are searching for?  Are you a library or museum that has started processing a collection of interest?  Are you a book publisher and would like to let folks who what is currently being worked on.  Are you curious about what others are working on?  We would love to have you attend our Local History Round Table and share your topics and questions. 


Most of the time will be taken sharing information about what individuals and organizations are working on but we are planning on starting the evening with a demonstration by Minnesota Historical Society staff of the new wiki Placeography.  Others coming will be representatives from organizations including the Minnesota Digital Collections, Northwest Architectural Archives, Immigration History Research Center, Charles Babbage Institute Archives, Social Welfare History Archives, the Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Brooklyn Historical Society, HCL Central Library-Special Collections, representatives from local neighborhood history groups, Bloomington Historical Society, Hennepin History Museum, Historic Homeowners Association . . .  Should be a fun opportunity to share. 


If you would like to have more than 5 minutes to talk about your project, organization or upcoming event or if you need special equipment or space for a demonstration, contact JoEllen (612-630-6081) ahead of time.


Some snacks and beverages will be available.  We are hoping it will be a fun event.  Mark your calendar! 

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April 15, 2009

New Oral History: Richfield in the Postwar Era

Filed under: Resources — ottokd @ 2:43 pm

The newest part of the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project, Richfield in the Postwar Era, is now available for the public to use. This collection chronicles the lives of men and women who lived in the suburb of Richfield, Minnesota, following World War II.  It follows Richfield’s transition from farmland to thriving suburb. The interviews were conducted with city and community leaders including former mayors, members of the Rotary Club, members of the Chamber of Commerce, city managers, members of the Richfield League of Women Voters, members of the state House of Representatives, and local business owners.



This collection coincides with “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation:The Depression, The War, The Boom,” an exhibit opening on May 23.  The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, and reminiscences and letters in which a generation of Minnesotans narrates its own story.  The finding aid provides an overview of the Richfield in the Postwar Era oral histories.

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