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Bradstreet Commode, c. 1905-1913

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 13, 2019

A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something that was both in the magazine and is now on view all week. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look!

This is a jin-di-sugi cabinet (commode is another word for cabinet) constructed of cypress, but painted to resemble driftwood. It was created by local designer John S. Bradstreet, who was active in the Arts and Crafts movement.

 

George Bonga

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 12, 2019

A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something that was both in the magazine and is now on view. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look!


This photo is of George Bonga who was part of the fur trade economy. He traded at Leech Lake, and he was the son of an enslaved person on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It dates from around 1870 and was taken by Charles Zimmerman.

This was used in the Territorial Issue.

Map of St. Anthony Falls, 1872

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 11, 2019


A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something both in the exhibit and magazine all week. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look!, This map, showing Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Anthony Falls was created by the Hawkins Brothers in 1872. It was featured in the special Mill City issue of Minnesota History.

 

Dakota Moccasins, ca. 1850

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 10, 2019


A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something that was in the magazine and now is on display all week. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look!
This pair of Dakota deerskin moccasins are decorated with strips of fabric and white glass seed beads. They are attributed to Little Crow's band at the village of Kaposia, around 1850.

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.

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