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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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"Bar German From Schools" and "Most Important News of World" - The Daily People's Press. January 13, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 13, 2018

"Woman Suffrage Wins in the House" and "Foe Spy Plot Broken Up" - The Twin City Star. January 12, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 12, 2018

Civil Rights March Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 12, 2018

The button was used during the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Over 250,000 attended the March organized by the NAACP.

"Women and War Work" Publication Announcement

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 11, 2018

This pamphlet was used to announce the publishing of Helen Fraser's book "Women and War Work." It encourages women to buy the book, featuring an order form on the back so that individuals may order the book immediately. The inside of the pamphlet includes a statement from H. N. MacCracken, the President of Vassar College, who states his full support and excitement for the book, saying that he believes it could change the lives of women and history. MacCraken also adds that he believes that men and women should be working side by side in all jobs and that this book is a step in making that dream a reality. The fact that the male president of a college was so adamantly supporting this book demonstrates the profound impact the war had on the idea of women in the workplace.


pamphlet cover

Citation: Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association Records, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. P1518

View of the Science Museum, St. Paul, 1938

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 11, 2018
old science museum building

The St. Paul Institute of Science and Letters was incorporated on this date in 1907, with Charles W. Ames as its first president. The institute's museum is first located in the Auditorium; then moved to the Merriam mansion on University Avenue; and now dwells in downtown St. Paul, known as the Science Museum of Minnesota. This photo is from 1938, when it was at the Merriam mansion.

See it in Collections Online.

Grant Young Gold Star Roll

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 10, 2018

Gold Star Roll file of Private Grant Young of Baldwin, Minnesota. An aviator for the United States Army, Young was honorably discharged prior to America's entry to the war, so he reenlisted in order to serve during World War I. His discharge paper features a stamp of reenlistement at the bottom left hand corner dated January 10th 1918. Young died from pneumonia on October 10th, 1918, exactly nine months after he reenlisted.


Citation: "Young, Grant" Minnesota Public Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 114.D.7.1B

Minnesota in 1850

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 10, 2018
county map

This map,  made by Thomas Cowperthwait & Company, shows the organized counties of Minnesota in 1850.

See it in Collection Online or our map page.

"French Troops Make Sudden Attack on German Lines" and "Hospital Ship is Torpedoed" - The Duluth Herald. January 9, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 9, 2018

Snow pants

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 9, 2018

These nylon snow pants were used by Ann Bancroft during the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

See them in Collections Online.


"War Aims are Stated by Wilson to Solons" and "Peace Negotiations Again Resumed" - Bemidji Daily Pioneer. January 8, 1918.

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | January 8, 2018