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Fedora, 1981 - 1984

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 24, 2019

This black wool fedora was worn during performances by Monte Moir, keyboardist for The Time, between 1981 - 1984.

Flapper Hat, 1920s

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

In honor of the hat collection being fully cataloged, the rest of this week's Item of the Day will be hats. This hat is from the 1920s. It is a purple, soft straw cloche hat, ornamented by glass bead decoration. 

See more hats in the recent Star Tribune article

Martin Luther King, 1967

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

This photograph was taken in 1967 of Dr. Martin Luther King speaking against the war in Vietnam. He was at the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota Territory, 1849

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

On this day in 1849, Stephen A. Douglas, senator from Illinois, introduced a bill to organize Minnesota Territory. This map is of the territory shows the route of the expedition to the Red River of the north in the summer of 1849. It was made by John Pope.

Dog sledding, 1925

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

This photograph shows dog sleds near the Snow Shoe Trail in the Superior National Forest, St. Louis County, 1925.

Dress, 1918 - 1923

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

This sequined black net and blue satin dress was made by dressmaker Hattie H. McGahn in Minneapolis between 1918 - 1923.

Mallard Duck, 1985

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

Ducks may be so last week, but this image is still worth sharing. This print was made by Eddy Cobiness in 1985.

Finbar hood used by Ann Bancroft

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2019

On this day in 1993 Ann Bancroft reached the South Pole by skis, becoming the first woman to travel overland to both the North and South Poles. She led the American Women's Expedition on a sixty-seven-day trek during which the four women cover 660 miles on skis.This Finbar hood was used on that trip.

Teapot, 1996

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

This stoneware teapot with dark green mottled ash glaze with slightly dented, incised/cut surface and a bamboo handle was made by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater in 1996.

Stoneware Platter, 1996

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

This large, shallow, reddish platter with temmoku glaze and brush-dripped strong chrome green decoration was created by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater, circa 1996.

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