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Tea Container, 1875

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

This commemorative tea container was made to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War in 1875. It was produced by The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Saint Paul.

Prince Memorial

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 22, 2019

Today we remember Prince, who passed way three years ago yesterday, on April 21.

This photo shows a group of children standing with the mural artist in front of his Prince portrait near 26th Street & Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. It was taken on April 24, 2016.

Flower Hats

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 19, 2019

This photograph is of ladies in hats trimmed with flowers in 1912. It was taken at Briol Studio  in Albany, Minnesota. Happy Easter and Spring!

Good Times in the Woods, 1923

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 18, 2019

This book is by author and educator Dietrich Lange, who was born in Germany and moved to Minnesota when he was 18. He wrote over 15 books, most of them adventure stories aimed at boys. We have most of them in the Library collection here.

Map of the United States, 1818

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2019

This map of the United States of America was made in 1818 by John Melish. Please note how the border between North West Territory and Missouri Territory runs directly through what later becomes Minnesota.

Soup Bowl

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 16, 2019

This soup bowl used by the 2nd Minnesota Regiment, Company C at Fort Snelling in 1900.

Man Mailing Taxes

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 15, 2019

This photo of a man mailing off his taxes is from 1938. It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection, available for use in the Gale Family Library.

End of the Civil War

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2019

This headline from the St. Cloud Democrat announces the end of the Civil War on April 13, 1865.

Visit our Newspaper Hub to see more articles from the period!

 

April Snow

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2019

While April snow is nothing new, it is still not appreciated. This photo is of a snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul on April 14, 1949.

It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection. 

Ladies' Brimmed Hat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2019

This ladies' hat is made of cream haircloth braid trimmed in pastel shade flowers.

It was worn by Cornelia Saunders Stott of St. Paul at her daughter Mary's wedding to Mr. P. C. Richter on April 16, 1929.

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