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Echoes of Erin Dance Costume

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 16, 2018
costume

This is a women's dance costume for "Echoes of Erin: To Henry Cowell", which premiered May 7, 1955, at the Minneapolis Young Women's Christian Association. It was designed and made by Robert Moulton, and worn by Gertrude Lippincott of Minnesota. Lippincott was a prominent dancer, choreographer and teacher.

Watch the video to learn more about the Lippincott collection, its conservation, and associated manuscript collection here at MNHS.

And Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Sister Elizabeth Kenny and Treatment for Polio

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 15, 2018

Sister Elizabeth Kenny discovered a revolutionary treatment for infantile paralysis and devoted her life to its dissemination. After her ideas were rejected on the coasts, she came to Minnesota in 1940 and worked with doctors at the Mayo Clinic, opening her own Sister Kenny Institute in 1942. Her revolutionary methods went against traditional treatments for polio and urged that the stricken limbs be exercised; this procedure opened the modern-day era of physical therapy.

This photo of Sister Kenny at work is from 1945.

Learn more in MNHS Library.

Sister Elizabeth Kenny and Treatment for Polio

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 15, 2018

Sister Elizabeth Kenny discovered a revolutionary treatment for infantile paralysis and devoted her life to its dissemination. After her ideas were rejected on the coasts, she came to Minnesota in 1940 and worked with doctors at the Mayo Clinic, opening her own Sister Kenny Institute in 1942. Her revolutionary methods went against traditional treatments for polio and urged that the stricken limbs be exercised; this procedure opened the modern-day era of physical therapy.

This photo of Sister Kenny at work is from 1945.

Learn more in MNHS Library.

Student Protest, 1972

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 14, 2018
Student protest, 1972

In honor of the students walking out of class today in protest, we post this reminder of earlier student protests. This photo is of University of Minnesota students protesting against United States invasion of Cambodia, 1972.

See it in Collections Online.

Number of Men Processed at Fort Snelling by Age Group

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 13, 2018
chart

This old school "Infographic" shows the number of men processed through Fort Snelling at the height of World War II in 1943. This comes from the publication "Reception Center Processing at Fort Snelling, 1943" put out by the Adjutant-General’s Office.

See it in Collections Online.

Duluth Harbor

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

This postcard shows Duluth Harbor in 1910 during a storm; the boats are early ore boats.

See it in Collections Online.

Harriet E. Bishop

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

On this day in 1848, schoolteacher Harriet E. Bishop formed Minnesota's first temperance society. This oil painting of her is attributed to Andrew Falkenshield, ca. 1880.

See it in Collections Online.

High School Hockey

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 8, 2018

The High School Hockey Tournament starts today! This photo of Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament action was taken by John Croft in 1969.

See it in Collections Online.

Fire Insurance maps

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 7, 2018

Fire Insurance maps are amazing tools for house and neighborhood history, showing street details and types of building material used. MNHS has more than 950 Insurance maps and atlases for Minnesota towns and cities (1870s-1970s), as well as online access to digital versions in our Reading Room.

Snowblowing

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 6, 2018
block print

This block print was made by Gary Egger in 1977-78; it is titled “Winter Sport.” Hopefully this is the last of it!

See it in Collections Online.

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