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 postcard shows the Conservation Building on the Fairgrounds in 1958; it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The fountain shown in this image was replaced by the Fish Pond in 1971, the same year the building's name changed to the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Building.
The Fish Pond is an upgrade, wouldn't you agree?
Lest we forget how the State Fair started, it was about the animals.
This blue ribbon was awarded for first place for ornamental bantam, which is poultry. Sadly, we do not have a photo of the bird itself.
I don't even like milk but want it when I'm at the Minnesota State Fair!
This "Milk Stand" photo was taken by the Minneapolis Journal in 1924.
Politicians shaking hands with constituents at fairs is as old as fairs themselves.
This poster promoting "Things to do at the Minnesota State Fair" was created by the Paul Wellstone campaign in 2002.
This photo shows Pete's Food, a dining establishment at the Fair in 1978.
There are times at the Fair when one really appreciates a stool.
This polished brass souvenir badge from 1904 features a sheaf of grain surrounded by farm implements including a plow, rake, and anvil. The insignia likely refers to the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which governed the Fair.
The Art Show at the Minnesota State Fair sure looks different from this image taken in 1950. Plus it's now in color!
One more day!
In two short days we will all be off to The Races when the Minnesota State Fair opens!
This postcard show harness racing at the Grandstand during the Fair of 1910.
Closing out Garden Week here on Item of the Day is this postcard of Longfellow Gardens, dated 1905.
Longfellow Gardens are located near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.
This women's soft garden hat was worn by Lavinia Gilfillan of Minneapolis, circa 1890s. The cloth hat features a printed design of flowers in a vase on a striped background.