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First Avenue Concert Ticket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 1, 2019

This is an admission ticket for a Trip Shakespeare concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, 1989.
The First Avenue Exhibit opens this Saturday, May 4!

Sam's Danceteria concert calender poster

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 26, 2019

So excited about the First Avenue exhibit opening next Friday, May 4! Can't Hardly Wait!
This Sam's Danceteria calendar is for November 1981. The club was renamed "First Avenue" on December 31, 1981.

School Desk and Bench, 1889 - 1919

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 25, 2019

This cast iron and wood school desk and bench were used in the Watonwan school district, circa 1889-1919.

Simplicity feed sack poster, 1989

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 24, 2019

I do not remember this part of the 1980s.

This is poster is promoting feed sack garment patterns made by Simplicity. The poster-type ad shows models wearing a feed sack jumper, skirt, and t-shirt. These patterns are dated 1989.

Tea Container, 1875

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 23, 2019

This commemorative tea container was made to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War in 1875. It was produced by The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Saint Paul.

Prince Memorial

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 22, 2019

Today we remember Prince, who passed way three years ago yesterday, on April 21.

This photo shows a group of children standing with the mural artist in front of his Prince portrait near 26th Street & Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. It was taken on April 24, 2016.

Flower Hats

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

This photograph is of ladies in hats trimmed with flowers in 1912. It was taken at Briol Studio  in Albany, Minnesota. Happy Easter and Spring!

Good Times in the Woods, 1923

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

This book is by author and educator Dietrich Lange, who was born in Germany and moved to Minnesota when he was 18. He wrote over 15 books, most of them adventure stories aimed at boys. We have most of them in the Library collection here.

Map of the United States, 1818

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2019

This map of the United States of America was made in 1818 by John Melish. Please note how the border between North West Territory and Missouri Territory runs directly through what later becomes Minnesota.

Soup Bowl

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 16, 2019

This soup bowl used by the 2nd Minnesota Regiment, Company C at Fort Snelling in 1900.


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