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Anoka Halloween Festival Beer Can

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 30, 2019

A souvenir beer can from the 1978 Anoka Halloween Festival in Anoka, Minnesota. The can has an image of a pumpkin on the front and the story of Halloween in Anoka on the back. 
It was made by August Schell Brewing in 1978.

Haunted Locations

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 29, 2019

This guidebook will help you find or avoid supposedly haunted places, which may be handy this time of year. 
We have a copy in the MNHS Library if you need to consult it before planning your next road trip. It was published in 2005.

Nixon Costume

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 28, 2019

It's getting to be the spooky time of year!
And what could be scarier than this Nixon costume in the office? This photo was taken on Halloween, 1974.

Picking Apples in Owatonna

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 25, 2019

This photograph shows a group of people from the Owatonna State School picking apples together in 1910.

Oberholtzer Exhibit and Reception

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 24, 2019

An exhibit about the life and work of Ernest Carl Oberholtzer is now open and free to the public in the lobby of the Gale Family Library, second floor, Minnesota History Center.  Visitors will see displays highlighting Ober’s contributions to conservation efforts; his books and photography; his love of camping and the outdoors; and his and Billy Magee’s epic 1912 canoe journey to Hudson Bay.  This exhibit is in place until late November.  

On Saturday, October 26th from 2:00-4:30 a reception featuring this exhibit and the Oberholtzer Foundation's work will be held in the “Fraternal Congress Room” off the lobby of the Gale Family Library on the second floor of the History Center. Members of the public are welcome!

Celebratory Napkins

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 24, 2019

This is a bit of a stretch, perhaps, but when an album is named "Candy Apple Grey" and one is posting about apples it's sort of a natural fit, right?
These napkins were created to celebrate the result of Husker Du's album "Candy Apple Grey." They were intentionally designed to be reminiscent of 50th wedding anniversary napkins.
This is also a reminder to come see the First Avenue exhibit and learn more about Husker Du!

Apple Pie Display

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 23, 2019

This apple pie display was captured by Norton & Peel in 1949.
And twenty cents for a piece! I realize that was awhile ago but still, what a bargain!

Nuns Making Preserves

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 22, 2019

It is the glory time of year for apples!
This painting is titled "Nuns Making Preserves." It is an oil on canvas by Francois Bonvin, circa 1878, as depicts a group of nuns, three of whom are sitting at a table peeling apples.
I wonder how many apples they had to do each?

Apple Pie Making

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 21, 2019

It is the glory time of year for apples!
This photo from Norton & Peel shows a woman making an apple pie in 1949. 
Apple pie is my favorite; how about you?

Children in pumpkin field

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 18, 2019

Do you have your pumpkins yet?
These happy children seem to have found theirs! This photograph was taken in 1940.

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