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