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 Poppin' Fresh Christmas placemat dates from 1998.
Jacqueline Heinichs and Mrs. Joe LaVasseur are seen here making cookies for the St. Louis Home and School Association Christmas bake sale in 1959.
This is a Christmas tree ornament of painted blown glass covered in wire wrap, as was the style. The manufacturer is unknown, but it was created circa 1870-1939.
It may not be the right season for bikes, but this catalog recently came in and was such a hit with staff that we couldn't wait share it. It is from 1893.
Think warm thoughts!
The newly finished Foshay Tower, which would be Minneapolis's tallest building for nearly fifty years, is strung with lights and lit up like a Christmas tree in 1928.
On this day in 1956 the dwellings in Swede Hollow, a St. Paul immigrant neighborhood, were burned after the city health department declares them contaminated.
This Minnesota Vikings playoff rally towel was distributed to fans at the January 10, 2016, game, which was the last playoff game of the 2015 season. It was the final outdoor Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the coldest kickoff in franchise history.
Hope the outcome is better tonight!
This images is part of the Outdoor Christmas lighting contest, Minneapolis photograph collection, from 1941. That is quite a Snow Santa!
This cookbook from 1954 collects all the prize winning recipes from the previous year's Grand National Baking Competition, sponsored by Pillsbury. And it was only .25 cents! This and others are available for consultation in the MNHS Library's extensive cookbook collection.
This poster, undated but likely late 1950s, encourages safety for both drivers and pedestrians.