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.
Happy Black History Month!
The Credjafawn Social Club is one of the oldest Black social clubs in the Twin Cities community. It was formed one evening in 1927 by ten young adults who felt a lack of social activities for people their age; the name was devised from a letter out of each of the names of the ten charter members. Although started as recreational club, the Credjafawns initiated some outstanding projects of importance for the Black community. This photo is from 1950.
See more images of the club in Collections Online.
It's Carnival time! Two new exhibits of historic Carnival materials are available for your viewing pleasure, at the James J. Hill House and Gale Family Library at the History Center. Enjoy the history and celebrate the season!
This poster was printed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press for the 1889 Carnival.
Today is the first day of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! This small 16 page book tells of "a legend, as told to Minnesota children as the North Wind roars across Boreas' realm." Because what's a good civic festival without a complicated mythology behind it? It was written by F.L. Madden in 1941.
This poster is from a campaign during World War I to collect "idle" records to send overseas or to be used in camps here. The drive was called "Slacker Record Week" and was intended to improve morale among the soldiers and sailors.
See more World War I posters in Collections Online.
This is a faux-feathered adult-size Herman the Duck costume. Herman was the mascot of Republic Airlines until the company's merger with Northwest Orient Airlines on this date in 1986. The purchase price for Republic was $884 million, making the new Twin Cities-based carrier the third-largest airline in the United States.
See more relating to Republic Airline in Collections Online.
On this day in 1962 an out-of-control car careens over the side of St. Paul's High Bridge, lands upside-down on a row of telephone wires, rebounds into the air, and lands on its four wheels. Amazingly, no injuries are reported in the seventy-five-foot fall. Sadly, there are no known photos of this event; this photo shows barges below the High Bridge in 1964.
See more High Bridge images in Collections Online.
Two images of fireplaces, created in 1930 and 1935 respectively, are by artist sisters Wanda and Flavia Gag. Wanda's (above) is a lithograph, while Flavia's (below) is a woodcut.
See both in Collections Online.
This amazing book is full of trivia about Saint Paul and answers many questions about specific place names in our fair capital.
Written by Donald Empson and published by the University of Minnesota Press, it was updated most recently in 2006.
This is one of the many ready reference books available for perusal in our Reading Room!