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 photo is of Maude Kegg with wiigob for basketmaking, Mille Lacs, 1947. It was taken by Monroe Killy.
Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. She was born near Portage Lake in 1904 and was an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She wrote several books recounting Ojibwe life and stories and, in later years, she worked as an interpreter at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post. Kegg is perhaps best known for her beautiful beadwork.
Learn more about her and Ojibwe history.
"Minneapolis, Minn., where I'm located you can easily see. Now please get busy and write to me."
While it's a cute rhyme, it doesn't look much like Minneapolis except for the word...
This card is from 1913.
See it in Collections Online.
This photo is of students urging voters to vote for the school funding issue in February 25, 1964 election.
Ethnologist, musician, and author Frances Densmore was born in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1867. Her professional interest was in Native American music; she spent her life traveling the country and recording on wax cylinders nearly 2,500 songs of the Dakota, Ojibwe, and other tribes. Her recordings are preserved at the Smithsonian; her papers are at MNHS. These images are of one of the books she authored and a gramophone she used to make recordings dated 1897.
See her papers in the Library.
This is a photo of wild flowers, taken by C.J. Hibbard in 1922. It is part of the Norton & Peel archive.
This is a women's dance costume for "Echoes of Erin: To Henry Cowell", which premiered May 7, 1955, at the Minneapolis Young Women's Christian Association. It was designed and made by Robert Moulton, and worn by Gertrude Lippincott of Minnesota. Lippincott was a prominent dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Watch the video to learn more about the Lippincott collection, its conservation, and associated manuscript collection here at MNHS.
And Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!
Sister Elizabeth Kenny discovered a revolutionary treatment for infantile paralysis and devoted her life to its dissemination. After her ideas were rejected on the coasts, she came to Minnesota in 1940 and worked with doctors at the Mayo Clinic, opening her own Sister Kenny Institute in 1942. Her revolutionary methods went against traditional treatments for polio and urged that the stricken limbs be exercised; this procedure opened the modern-day era of physical therapy.
This photo of Sister Kenny at work is from 1945.
Learn more in MNHS Library.