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Toy Refrigerator and Accessories

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 6, 2019

This is a toy refrigerator made of enamel steel with a working door that opens to reveal two storage shelves and an ice tray/freezer compartment. It is fully stocked and was made between 1945 - 1955. 

WARM and Five People

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 5, 2019

Access has recently become available to some great audio-visual materials within manuscript collections. One of those collections is of the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM), which was organized in 1973 to support the work of women working in the visual arts. At that time women were underrepresented in the galleries and museums in the region. This painting is by one of its members, Phyllis Wiener, done in 1970 and called "Five People."

See the finding aid here for access to the AV materials!
http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00101.xml  

Storming of the Ice Palace, 1940

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

Yesterday was the end of this year's Winter Carnival! This photo is of the storming of the Ice Palace, the traditional end of Carnival. The Palace was located in Como Park when this photo was taken in 1940.

Storming of the Ice Palace, 1940

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

Yesterday was the end of this year's Winter Carnival! This photo is of the storming of the Ice Palace, the traditional end of Carnival. The Palace was located in Como Park when this photo was taken in 1940.

Sounds of Blackness Sign

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

Happy Black History Month!

Today's highlight is one of our favorite pieces, but at 5 feet long we can't display it as often as we'd like. It's a bus sign advertising Sounds of Blackness, a Twin Cities-based music ensemble led by choir director Gary Hines. Three of the group's recordings have won Grammy awards. The sign was originally used on a bus operated by the Jefferson Transportation Company of Minneapolis during the 1970s.

Max M. Kampelman, Diplomat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 29, 2019

Access has just recently become available to some great audio-visual materials within manuscript collections. We will be highlighting these collections for our Item of the Day this week; please take a look at the finding aids to learn more and see the AV materials for yourself! 
This time it's Max Kampelman, a conscientious objector during WWII who participated in a research experiment on human starvation at the University of Minnesota and later became a highly respected diplomat who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00772.xml

Rosalie Wahl Finding Aid

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 28, 2019

Access has just recently become available to some great audio-visual materials within manuscript collections. We will be highlighting these collections for our Item of the Day this week; please take a look at the finding aids to learn more and see the AV materials for yourself!
First up: Rosalie Wahl,  first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00430.xml

Ojibwe birchbark appliqué baseball hat, 2014 - 2015

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

This baseball hat was made from silver birch and decorated with layered birchbark floral appliqué by Pat and Gage Kruse, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, during their time in the Minnesota Historical Society's Native American Artist-in-Residence Program. It is based on a design in Fred K. Blessing's article, "The Ojibway Indians Observed," published by the Minnesota Archaeological Society in 1977.

Fedora, 1981 - 1984

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

This black wool fedora was worn during performances by Monte Moir, keyboardist for The Time, between 1981 - 1984.

Flapper Hat, 1920s

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

In honor of the hat collection being fully cataloged, the rest of this week's Item of the Day will be hats. This hat is from the 1920s. It is a purple, soft straw cloche hat, ornamented by glass bead decoration. 

See more hats in the recent Star Tribune article

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