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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.

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Dress, 1918 - 1923

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 16, 2019

This sequined black net and blue satin dress was made by dressmaker Hattie H. McGahn in Minneapolis between 1918 - 1923.

Mallard Duck, 1985

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 15, 2019

Ducks may be so last week, but this image is still worth sharing. This print was made by Eddy Cobiness in 1985.

Finbar hood used by Ann Bancroft

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2019

On this day in 1993 Ann Bancroft reached the South Pole by skis, becoming the first woman to travel overland to both the North and South Poles. She led the American Women's Expedition on a sixty-seven-day trek during which the four women cover 660 miles on skis.This Finbar hood was used on that trip.

Teapot, 1996

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 11, 2019

This stoneware teapot with dark green mottled ash glaze with slightly dented, incised/cut surface and a bamboo handle was made by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater in 1996.

Stoneware Platter, 1996

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 10, 2019

This large, shallow, reddish platter with temmoku glaze and brush-dripped strong chrome green decoration was created by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater, circa 1996.

Vase, 1987

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 9, 2019

Last week we lost a great Minnesota artist with the passing of Warren Mackenzie. This week's Item of the Day will feature work of his in the MNHS Collection. He was an artist and a teacher, and believed that handmade pottery should be used. This is a stoneware vase made by him in 1987.

Stoneware bowl, 1960

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 8, 2019

Last week we lost a great Minnesota artist with the passing of Warren Mackenzie. This week's Item of the Day will feature work of his in the MNHS Collection. He was an artist and a teacher, and believed that handmade pottery should be used.

Two Bibles

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2019

Governor Walz was sworn in on one of the historical treasures in the care of the library of the Minnesota Historical Society. Popularly known as the “Senate Bible,” it was published in 1864 by E. H. Butler of Philadelphia.

The bible is the survivor of a disaster. On March 1, 1881, as both houses of the Minnesota legislature worked late into the evening, fire broke out in the dome of the first Minnesota Capitol. Elected officials and passers-by rushed to rescue furniture, important documents, and historical collections. The Honorable David Benson of Renville County heroically rescued this bible from the Senate chamber, the last of the state’s property to be saved. Three days later, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution praising Benson for the service he rendered. That resolution is pasted inside the Senate Bible. Senate Chaplin Robert Smith also wrote in the bible of his gratitude and respect for Benson.

The Senate Bible had sustained some damage, but one hundred years later, it was restored in Minneapolis by Jerry Pfeifer.  

 

Lieutenant Governor Flanagan was sworn in on an Ojibwe language
Bible from the vast collection of Native American language publications at the
Minnesota Historical Society.

Ewh Oowahweendahmahgawin Owh Tabanemenung Jesus Christ was
published in 1854 by Henry Rowsell of Toronto. Frederick O’Meara, an Irish
missionary at Manitoulin Island, Ontario, translated this first edition of the New
Testament, along with several other devotional works. In 1856 O’Meara gave this
copy, “with Christian regards of the translator,” to the Right Rev. Chas P.
McIlvaine, an Episcopal bishop. A few years later, McIlvaine, who was chaplain of
the US Military Academy at West Point and twice chaplain of the US Senate, was
sent by President Lincoln to Britain to argue on behalf of the North in the Civil
War.

Bishop McIlvaine later presented the Bible to the library of the Theological
Seminary of the Diocese of Ohio. When it was offered for sale in 1996, the
Minnesota Historical Society purchased it, using money from the Carl A.
Weyerhaeuser Rare Book Fund.

Two Bibles

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2019

Governor Walz was sworn in on one of the historical treasures in the care of the library of the Minnesota Historical Society. Popularly known as the “Senate Bible,” it was published in 1864 by E. H. Butler of Philadelphia.

The bible is the survivor of a disaster. On March 1, 1881, as both houses of the Minnesota legislature worked late into the evening, fire broke out in the dome of the first Minnesota Capitol. Elected officials and passers-by rushed to rescue furniture, important documents, and historical collections. The Honorable David Benson of Renville County heroically rescued this bible from the Senate chamber, the last of the state’s property to be saved. Three days later, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution praising Benson for the service he rendered. That resolution is pasted inside the Senate Bible. Senate Chaplin Robert Smith also wrote in the bible of his gratitude and respect for Benson.

The Senate Bible had sustained some damage, but one hundred years later, it was restored in Minneapolis by Jerry Pfeifer.  

Lieutenant Governor Flanagan is being sworn in on an Ojibwe language
Bible from the vast collection of Native American language publications at the
Minnesota Historical Society.

Ewh Oowahweendahmahgawin Owh Tabanemenung Jesus Christ was
published in 1854 by Henry Rowsell of Toronto. Frederick O’Meara, an Irish
missionary at Manitoulin Island, Ontario, translated this first edition of the New
Testament, along with several other devotional works. In 1856 O’Meara gave this
copy, “with Christian regards of the translator,” to the Right Rev. Chas P.
McIlvaine, an Episcopal bishop. A few years later, McIlvaine, who was chaplain of
the US Military Academy at West Point and twice chaplain of the US Senate, was
sent by President Lincoln to Britain to argue on behalf of the North in the Civil
War.

Bishop McIlvaine later presented the Bible to the library of the Theological
Seminary of the Diocese of Ohio. When it was offered for sale in 1996, the
Minnesota Historical Society purchased it, using money from the Carl A.
Weyerhaeuser Rare Book Fund.

Etching of Stillwater Prison from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, A. T. Andreas, 1874.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 4, 2019

This etching of Stillwater State Prison is from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota by A. T. Andreas, published in 1874.
To complement the States of Incarceration exhibit on level one in the Irvine Room, we thought it timely to highlight our State Archives collection of prison records, along with selections from the 3D Objects and library collections. We hope to give a glimpse of the humanity of those within the institutions by sharing what life is like through records documenting prisoner treatment; how people who are incarcerated occupy their time; and prison industries. 
This exhibit will be on view in the Library Lobby until the end of February.

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