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Pie Server

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 19, 2019

It's the time of year to focus on food, as so we shall this week!
Here we have a Poppin' Fresh Pie Server, made and marketed by the Pillsbury Company of Minneapolis, circa 1992.

Table Setting

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2019

It's the time of year to focus on food, as so we shall this week!
This photo shows a dining room table set for eighteen in 1920. They were ready; we've still got some time!

AIM Protest Button, 1973

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 15, 2019

In 1973 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, to protest government injustice.

This button was developed by AIM members in Minneapolis to discourage tourism to South Dakota in the wake of the protest.

Republics versus Woman

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 14, 2019

I was looking for suffrage publications when I came across this in the library stacks today, and I found it too surprising to not share. 
The subtitle and dedication say it all. It was published in 1903.

Republics versus Woman

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 14, 2019

I was looking for suffrage publications when I came across this in the library stacks today, and I found it too surprising to not share. 
The subtitle and dedication say it all. It was published in 1903.

Globe Gore

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

This is a globe gore, which is a printed section of a curved surface between two lines of longitude that will have little distortion when applied to a globe surface.

This one was created by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli; the best date we have for it is not before 1691.

Christmas Card from Vietnam

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


Item of the Day regrets missing Veterans' Day proper yesterday, but veterans deserve recognition every day!
Today we feature this Christmas card from Vietnam, December 1969. It is part of the Dan Petrosky Vietnam War sound and visual collection.
The card itself shows, clockwise from upper left: Jim Benoit, Bill Christy, Win Emert, Dan Petrosky.
Thank you to all who have or currently are serving!
 

 

Winnowing Basket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 8, 2019

Happy National Native American Heritage Month!
This Ojibwe birchbark winnowing basket was used for harvesting wild rice. It was made approximately in 1900.

Grasshopper Plague

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 7, 2019

This carte-de-visite shows a cartoon titled "Grangers versus Grasshoppers or the irrepressible conflict." It was made in 1880, one of the years when Rocky Mountain Locust were the torment of farmers in Minnesota and across the Midwest.
We share this today in honor of the MNHS Annual Meeting and its guest speaker Caroline Fraser, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Free the Hostages pin

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

Forty years ago today, on November 4, 1979, the Iranian Hostage Crisis started. Fifty-two Americans were held for 444 days, including Bruce Laingren, a Minnesotan and the most senior American official held at the Embassy.

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