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Item of the Day

AIM / Remember Wounded Knee Patch, 1973

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2018

Dennis J. Banks was born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation on this day in 1937. An Indian activist, he would become one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968  along with Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt (from White Earth Reservation) and George Mitchell. This patch is from 1973.

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Knotty pine camp armchair

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2018

 This armchair was part of a set of Tettegouche State Park camp furnishings, ca. 1920-30.

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Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2018

Today's Item of the Day is the book by Kim Heikkila called Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam. Heikkila will be the guest at tonight's History Lounge at the Minnesota History Center to talk about these women's experiences and stories.

Oligarchy Game

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 9, 2018

This poster advertises the fake game "Oligarchy," which is reminiscent of Monopoly with Minneapolis content and an anti-development message. It was made in 1980.

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Hat Worn by Saint Paul Woman, 1952

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 6, 2018

Women's evening cap of purplish red velvet consists of five overlapping bands which are fashioned into a rim having five points. It was worn by a Saint Paul Woman in 1952.

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April

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 5, 2018

Gouache landscape by Lynn Kipman titled "April", made in 1941. Snow is visible on the ground.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 4, 2018

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today. This image is people honoring him on April 6, two days after it happened.

This photo was taken by Mike Zerby for the Minneapolis Tribune.

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Snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul in April, 1949.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 3, 2018

Snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul in April, 1949.

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Ukrainian Easter Eggs

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 30, 2018

This photo from the Norton & Peel collection shows a woman painting Ukrainian Easter eggs, 1968.

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Maude Kegg, basketmaker and author

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 29, 2018

This photo is of Maude Kegg with wiigob for basketmaking, Mille Lacs, 1947. It was taken by Monroe Killy.

Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. She was born near Portage Lake in 1904 and was an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She wrote several books recounting Ojibwe life and stories and, in later years, she worked as an interpreter at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post. Kegg is perhaps best known for her beautiful beadwork.

Learn more about her and Ojibwe history.
 

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