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The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.

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Copper Jardinière

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 9, 2019

A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something on view in it all week. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look!
We start with this hand formed and finished Arts and Crafts style hammered copper jardiniere flowerpot. It was made in 1910, and highlighted in an article about the Arts and Crafts movement and the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis. 

Dakota Spelling Cards

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 6, 2019

These are seventy-seven (77) white cardstock spelling cards inscribed with words and phrases in the Dakota language. The cards are from the Santee Agency in Minnesota and were used as flash cards for educational purposes in the 1960s.
Come see them and much more in the new Our Home exhibit, opening tomorrow at the History Center!

Ski Outing

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 5, 2019

This postcard shows a man and woman out for a ski adventure in 1915. Looks like fun, right?

Fish

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 4, 2019

Today's item of the day is a block print of fish made by Gary Eggers, circa 1980.

Leftovers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 29, 2019


Do you have leftovers?
Here we see Mrs. Deubener and guest, Mrs. Theiston, sharing the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers with the pets in 1940.
Lucky pets!
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!
This photo is of Harold Rhine with the Thanksgiving Turkey at Volunteers of America, St. Paul, 1955.

Airplane

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 27, 2019

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel!
This photos shows an airplane in the hangar in Rochester in 1933.

Covered Wagon

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 26, 2019

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel.
This photo shows a family standing by their covered wagon, circa 1880.
Hopefully your travel goes more smoothly than this!

Map of the United States, 1836

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 25, 2019

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel!
And who can travel without a map? This map of the United States was created in 1836 by J. Webster.

Is where you're going on it?

Hidatsa dried prairie turnips

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 22, 2019

More food!
Prairie turnips were an important source of food for all Plains Indians; when peeled, they could be eaten fresh or dried and stored indefinitely. Hidatsa Indians would use them to drop into stews and pounded them to use as flour. These sliced and dried turnips and whole turnip were gathered in 1916.

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