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Item of the Day

Dakota Removal from Fort Snelling, 1863

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 4, 2017

In response to a federal law mandating that all Dakota be removed from the state as punishment for the U.S.-Dakota War, on this date in 1863 Dakota captives at Fort Snelling, mostly women and children, were loaded onto two steamboats to be transported to a reservation on Crow Creek in southeastern Dakota Territory. The total number of people removed was 1,310; many would die of disease and hunger soon after arriving at the reservation.

Water Skiing

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 3, 2017

This photograph is of a crowd at Lake City watching Ralph Samuelson water skiing behind a World War I era Curtis Flying Boat, 1925. Samuelson was known as the "father of water-skiing," which started with him on Lake Pepin in 1922.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

DQ Sign

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 2, 2017

A promotional poster advertising "Dairy Queen Malts and Shakes". Manufactured by Dairy Queen National Development Company, 1959.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this sign in our collections database.

May Day, 1937

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 1, 2017

Happy May Day!

This photograph is of a May Day/Labor/Union parade in downtown Minneapolis on May 1, 1937.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid.

 

Streetcar to the Ordnance Plant

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 28, 2017

This is a photograph of four men getting on a streetcar bound for the Northern Ordnance plant, October 18, 1943.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid.

Railroad Cup and Saucer

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 27, 2017

A Great Northern Railway cup and saucer in the "Mountains and Flowers" pattern. Used in the late 1950s and into the 1960s.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this cup and saucer in our collections database.

Twins Cup

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 26, 2017

A waxed paper concession cup used to serve beverages at the Minnesota Twins' home games at the Metropolitan Stadium in the 1960's.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this cup in our collections database.

Civil War Chest

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 25, 2017

A wooden campaign chest used by Commissary Sergeant Thomas P. Wilson while he served with the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. "Capt. T.P. Wilson" and "A.Q.M" are painted on the front. Wilson was breveted major at the end of the war and began serving as quartermaster general of Minnesota on November 10, 1871.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this chest in our collections database.

Audubon Print

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 24, 2017

A hand-colored lithograph of the Canada Lynx from John James Audubon's Imperial Folio Edition of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1843-1848), Folio 4, Plate XVI. The illustrations for this series were made by J.J. Audubon and his son John Woodhouse Audubon. Most of the backgrounds were done by another of J.J. Audubon's sons, Victor Gifford Audubon. The printing and hand-coloring was done by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this print in our collections database.

Bullet Hole

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 21, 2017

A photograph of a man with a head injury pointing out a bullet hole in the front window of Jordan's Café in May, 1938.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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