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 photograph shows a roller derby competitor who is missing a tooth trying up her roller skates in 1941. It is unknown if derby was the cause of the missing tooth, but it is possible.
This map of the United States was published in New York in 1836. The land gained in the Louisiana Purchase is just beginning to be settled; what will become Minnesota is still part of the Missouri and Ouisconsin Territories.
This photo is of the "Back to the Campus" window display at Juster's in 1966. The fashion doesn't look all that different from today, except for maybe the tie.
This photo from 1921 shows Northwestern Bell Telephone Company office workers exercising. This might be what we all need after the holiday weekend!
This bag is from 2006, the year that Dayton's was sold to Macy's.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1955, turkey races were held. These photos are from the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.
This photo shows people getting baskets of food ready for people in need before Thanksgiving in 1954.
Many of our drives this week for Thanksgiving might look something like this. It is a woodcut print made by Charles Beck; we don't have an exact date but know it was before 1989. Be sure to see the Charles Beck show currently at the James J. Hill House Gallery!
As preparation for the upcoming holiday, we present this pair of carved turkey bookends made by an anonymous WPA (Works Progress Administration) artist, circa 1935-43. Gobble!
This pamphlet was distributed by the Saint Paul Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage with the purpose of informing women that they didn't need the right to vote to live happy and meaningful lives. The interior contains cleaning and cooking tips for housewives, interspersed with anti-suffrage statements such as "You do not need a ballot to clean out your sink spout. A handful of potash and some boiling water is quicker and cheaper." Anti-suffragists, who were men and women, gave many reasons women should be denied the vote, such as a lack of understand of political issues and lack of physical strength to enforce the laws they pass.