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.
This Ojibwe beaded necklace is made of multiple strands of glass seed beads with a medallion at center, which is an image of what appears to be two scorpions facing one another. It was made by members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, probably for the tourist trade, circa 1930.
See it in Collections Online.
On this date in 1851 the town Montezuma is founded by Orrin Smith, a steamboat captain. The town is more recognizable by its present name, Winona. This is an anonymous painting of Winona done in 1870.
This photo is of two men bundled up watching a cold November 1937 University of Minnesota football game.
Floyd B. Olson was born on this day in 1891 in Minneapolis. He would be the first Farmer-Labor governor, serving from 1931 until his death while in office on August 22, 1936. He is remembered for implementing New Deal policies and for his skilled negotiating during the 1933 Hormel strike in Austin and the 1934 teamsters' strike in Minneapolis. While he was a man of the people, he still needed a top hat.
This is an U.S. Army Veteran's Overseas Cap from 1919. Happy Veteran's Day observed - thanks to all who served then and now!
This word book was made by missionary Alfred L. Riggs in the 1880s. It was a tool used in the classroom to teach the written Dakota language to native speakers.