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Item of the Day

Pure Summer Joy

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 17, 2018

This photo is of a man opening a fire hydrant for a boy on a hot June 1938 day; this forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection.

See it in Collections Online.

License Plate

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 16, 2018

This is the version of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa license plate issued in 1998. The lake is nicely framed by the trees in this simple but elegant plate.

See it in Collections Online.

Pool Time

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 15, 2018

This photo from a Municipal swimming pool in Pipestone was taken around 1940.

See it in Collections Online.

River Landscape

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 14, 2018

This oil painting by Clem Haupers is an unidentified river scene, completed in 1969. It was a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Gareth Hiebert.

See it in Collections Online.

Rocks and Water

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

This photograph is of a group of men seated on a rock overlooking rapids in the United States-Canadian Boundary Waters (which we know better as the BWCA) in 1935. Spectacular, isn't it? This week's theme is water, in all its glory!

See it in Collections Online.

Woman learning about edible mushrooms

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

This photo is of a woman learning about edible mushroom in 1938. It comes from the Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection.

See it in Collections Online.

Mushroom Hat

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

This navy blue straw mushroom hat was made in Italy, sold at Field-Schlick of Saint Paul, and worn by Harriette Weyerhaeuser in the 1940s. It features a wide, wavy brim, flat crown, and two velvet prongs that hold the hat in place. There is also a long velvet bow attached to the top.

See different views of it in Collections Online.

Untamed Mushrooms

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 8, 2018

This new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press details how to find and prepare wild mushrooms. It is beautiful but will make you hungry! 

Available in stores and in our Library.

Two women picking mushrooms

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 7, 2018

This photo shows two women picking mushrooms in 1935.

See it in Collections Online.

Mushrooms

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

This lithograph of mushrooms was created in 1932 by Wanda Gag; it inspired this week's Item of the Day theme of mushrooms. Although morel season is over, other types are still available! 

See it in Collections Online.

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