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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.

See it in Collections Online.

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.

See it in Collections Online.

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.

See it in Collections Online.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 4, 2018

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today. This image is people honoring him on April 6, two days after it happened.

This photo was taken by Mike Zerby for the Minneapolis Tribune.

See in Collections Online.

Snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul in April, 1949.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 3, 2018

Snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul in April, 1949.

See it in Collections Online.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 30, 2018

This photo from the Norton & Peel collection shows a woman painting Ukrainian Easter eggs, 1968.

See it in Collections Online.

Maude Kegg, basketmaker and author

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 29, 2018

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 Promotional Postcard

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 28, 2018

"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.

Night Watchman

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 27, 2018

This lithograph is called "Night Watchman;" it was created by Mike Lynch and is undated.

See it in Collections Online.

Student Activism

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

This photo is of students urging voters to vote for the school funding issue in February 25, 1964 election.

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