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.
Given that Valentine's Day is later this week, we've been thinking about love letters, and therefore pens. While this may not be romantic it is interesting; an American flag pen wiper used by Nancy Hall Neill during the Civil War, 1861 - 1865. Note the flag has 35 stars on a blue canton and is tied to a wooden support. Pen wipers were used to clean ink from a pen while writing so it would remain in good working order.