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Item of the Day

Hand-Made Gloves

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 18, 2017

A pair of hand-knit white gloves with beaded designs, made by Katherine Alma Stelzer, a pioneer in Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1825.

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

Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2017

An  Ojibwe black wool bandolier bag with loom-woven geometric beadwork panel sewn to the lower half of the front panel; the top half is black velvet with spot-stitched with a symmetric floral and leaf pattern of beads. Circa 1880.

See more bandolier bags in the new MNHS Press book by Marcia Anderson, A Bag Worth a Pony, coming out next month!

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

Skytop Lounge Car

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 14, 2017

A photograph of a couple looking at the new Milwaukee Rail Road "Skytop" lounge car in May, 1948.

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.

Forest (noun)

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 13, 2017

An oil painting on curved and embossed board made by St. Paul artist Dan Bruggeman in 2001.

For more information about this item, please view this painting in our collections database.

Exhibition Pennant

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2017
Exhibition Pennant

A felt pennant from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a world's fair held in San Francisco, California, 1915. While this event was held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, it also highlighted San Francisco's recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906, when approximately 3,000 people died and nearly 80% of the city was destroyed.

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

Minnesota Violin

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2017
Image of violin

A violin made by Charles E. Herbrig of Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1931. Consists of a standard wood violin, a wood and horsehair bow, and a leather case with velvet interior. Used by Arnold F. Bauer, a music teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools.

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

Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2017

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of our favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet, Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows the Five O’ Clock Bar and Restaurant at 34 S. 5th St in 1959. This location is definitely not a bar anymore; the Nic apartment building now stands at the corner of Nicollet Mall and 5th St.

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

Deer Call

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 7, 2017

A deer call made from wood with a piece of tin tied to it, which would imitate a fawn call. Made by Wolf Chief, Hidatsa, in 1918.

Electric Fetus Mug

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 6, 2017

A frosted plastic mug celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Minneapolis record store, The Electric Fetus, in 1988. It features a Soul Asylum illustration on one side. Owned by Karl Mueller, the bassist for Soul Asylum.

Lock and Key

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 5, 2017

A padlock and key that were used on the first jail in Hastings, Minnesota, circa 1850.

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