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Item of the Day

Beaded Panel

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 25, 2018

This fabric panel is spot-stitch decorated with multicolored glass seed beads; possibly Ojibwe. It was collected by Bishop Whipple between 1860 - 1901. The date range is based on the dates Bishop Whipple spent in Minnesota working for various government commissions for Indian Affairs.

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Fort Snelling, 1848

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 24, 2018

Seth Eastman becomes commander of Fort Snelling for a third time on this date in 1846. Two years later he painted this water color, The Head of Navigation.

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Wing Flower - Wood Anemone

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 23, 2018

Water Color painting named Wing Flower - Wood Anemone. It was made by Lloyd Quackenbush for the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project, 1937.

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Man having trouble with his 1937 income tax return

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 13, 2018

This photo shows a man having trouble with his 1937 income tax return.

Remember, you have until Tuesday, April 17!

Photo by Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company.

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AIM / Remember Wounded Knee Patch, 1973

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2018

Dennis J. Banks was born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation on this day in 1937. An Indian activist, he would become one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968  along with Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt (from White Earth Reservation) and George Mitchell. This patch is from 1973.

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Knotty pine camp armchair

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2018

 This armchair was part of a set of Tettegouche State Park camp furnishings, ca. 1920-30.

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Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2018

Today's Item of the Day is the book by Kim Heikkila called Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam. Heikkila will be the guest at tonight's History Lounge at the Minnesota History Center to talk about these women's experiences and stories.

Oligarchy Game

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 9, 2018

This poster advertises the fake game "Oligarchy," which is reminiscent of Monopoly with Minneapolis content and an anti-development message. It was made in 1980.

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Hat Worn by Saint Paul Woman, 1952

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 6, 2018

Women's evening cap of purplish red velvet consists of five overlapping bands which are fashioned into a rim having five points. It was worn by a Saint Paul Woman in 1952.

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April

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 5, 2018

Gouache landscape by Lynn Kipman titled "April", made in 1941. Snow is visible on the ground.

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