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Makuk

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

This birchbark container or makak is decorated with an etched design. It was made and used by an Ojibwe maker prior to 1919.

 

Citation: 2100.E201.1

Apple Pie Please!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 16, 2017
ad for pie

Seems about time we start thinking about apple pie; check out this bargain from 1949!

Citation: Norton & Peel, 1949

Montezuma, now known as Winona

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 15, 2017
Painting of Winona

On this date in 1851 the town Montezuma is founded by Orrin Smith, a steamboat captain. The town is more recognizable by its present name, Winona. This is an anonymous painting of Winona done in 1870.

Freezing Friends

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 14, 2017
Photo of cold people watching football.

This photo is of two men bundled up watching a cold November 1937 University of Minnesota football game.

Governor Olson's Top Hat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 13, 2017
Olson's top hat

Floyd B. Olson was born on this day in 1891 in Minneapolis. He would be the first Farmer-Labor governor, serving from 1931 until his death while in office on August 22, 1936. He is remembered for implementing New Deal policies and for his skilled negotiating during the 1933 Hormel strike in Austin and the 1934 teamsters' strike in Minneapolis. While he was a man of the people, he still needed a top hat.

U.S. Army Veteran's Overseas Cap

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

This is an U.S. Army Veteran's Overseas Cap from 1919. Happy Veteran's Day observed - thanks to all who served then and now!

Wicoi wowapi: wowapi pehanpi kin - The Word Book Wall Roll

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 9, 2017

This word book was made by missionary Alfred L. Riggs in the 1880s. It was a tool used in the classroom to teach the written Dakota language to native speakers.

Mendota Bridge

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 8, 2017

In 1926 the old Mendota bridge to Fort Snelling opened and was dedicated to the men of the 151st Field Artillery who had been killed in World War I.

Remember there's only a few days left to see WW1 America, which closes on November 11!

Time to Vote!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 7, 2017
Photo to vote

Today is election day around the country and in Minnesota! This photo is of the Minneapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsoring a "Get Out the Vote" campaign in 1932. Note "George Washington" standing by an airplane shaking hands and urging people to vote.

Patriotic Clock

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

Did you remember to set your clocks back this weekend? This cast metal electric clock features likenesses of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln standing around a ship's wheel. Ca. 1940.

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