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 brain-tanned leather cuff is decorated with Dakota floral beadwork and metal. It was made by Holly Young, Standing Rock Dakota, during her time as a Minnesota Historical Society Native American Artist-in-Residence in 2015-16.
See it on view now in the "Renewing What They Gave Us" exhibit at the History Center!
This is an embroidered net evening dress of ecru lace and black tulle. It is a Paris model dress that retailed at the Helen shop, Dayton's Department Store, Minneapolis, circa 1917. Helen's was a women's specialty shop within Dayton's run by dressmaker Helen Gjertsen.
This canoe paddle belonged to Minnesota Nature writer Sigurd Olson. It is a long hardwood stern paddle and is made of single piece of wood; it dates between 1900 - 1978.
On this day in 1869, a tunnel being built under Hennepin Island to provide waterpower for additional mills gave way. The 2,000-foot collapse threatened to divert water from the main falls and cut the power source for mills along the river. Local citizens worked to plug the hole until the river freezes, and then a dam was built to allow for more permanent measures. The repair job would require ten years to complete. - From the Minnesota Book of Days
Photograph by William Henry Illingworth. See the photo in Collections Online.
Who remembers this excellent series? This button commemorates the World Series thirty years ago in 1987 when the Twins played the St. Louis Cardinals. The Twins won that World Series; hopefully they will win tonight and on to this year's series!
This button was manufactured by WinCraft of Winona, Minnesota.
See it in Collections Online.
"Teutons Fight with Great Desperation to Stop Progress of the British Line; Sense Another Big Drive Toward Belgium" and "Another Attack Made on London" - Rochester Daily Post and Record. October 2, 1917
This photograph is of a Marine and a black dog taking a break in the grass in Vietnam, ca. 1969 – 1970. It forms part of Gary Moss Vietnam War photograph collection.
See more of the Moss collection here.
Book are Weapons in the War of Ideas, World War II poster, 1942
This is one of our favorite World War II posters. While the image of book burning is horrifying, the text on the giant book by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the tag line "Books are Weapons in the War of Idea" make for an effective poster.
Bird's eye view of the city of Saint Peter, Nicollet County, Minnesota, 1870.
Bird’s eyes were created as a point of town pride in this era, as well as being a promotional piece to attract more businesses. They are useful for town research in addition to being beautiful works of art.
For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bird's eye in our collections database.
But what is the internet without cats?
"Hall of Fame Inductee" trophy from the 2013 Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It consists of a silver colored wood cat on a black pedestal base.
This item is on display currently in the Recent Acquisitions show in the Library Lobby through November 11, 2017.