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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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Day Camp

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 31, 2019

This week we are looking at photographs of camps from our collection! Whether you loved or hated camp, it was always memorable.
This photo shows kids swimming at Hallie Q. Brown Day Camp in 1955.

Girls' Camp

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

This week we are looking at photographs of camps from our collection! Whether you loved or hated camp, it was always memorable.
This photo is from Camp Lakamaga, which is a Girl Scout camp on Big Marine Lake. It was taken in 1931.

Boys' Camp

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

This week we are looking at photographs of camps from our collection! Whether you loved or hated camp, it was always memorable.
This image was taken at Camp Ihduhapi, a boys' camp, in 1940.

Hockey

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 26, 2019

With the release of season 3 of "Stranger Things" this month, we are taking a look back at our fairly recent history this week and going back to the '80s! 
The Cold War on Ice, or as it is better known the “Miracle on Ice,” was brought to us by this 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, coached by Minnesotan Herb Brooks.

Slacks

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

With the release of season 3 of "Stranger Things" this month, we are taking a look back at our fairly recent history this week and revisiting the '80s!
This pair of boy's slacks scream 1980s to me. They were purchased at Sears in Maplewood and have a matching belt.

Technology

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

With the release of season 3 of "Stranger Things" this month, we are taking a look back at our fairly recent history this week and revisiting the '80s! 
Do you remember these giant diskettes that were cutting edge at the time? We do too. These were made by Control Data, a Minneapolis company, around 1980.

Aerobics Ensemble

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

With the release of season 3 of "Stranger Things" this month, we are taking a look back at our fairly recent history this week by going back to the '80s! 
Today's item is this aerobics ensemble made in 1984 by Vasserette, a subdivision of Munsingwear. 

Remembering Bruce Laingen

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 17, 2019

Bruce Laingen, a native of Watonwan County, Minnesota, died Monday at the age of 96. He was the highest ranking diplomat held hostage during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 - 1981. Upon release he said: "Unless someone has lost freedom, you have no idea what it means suddenly to regain freedom."

This button was worn by people at home to remember the captives; the cloth greeting card was given to Laingen upon his release.
See more items related to Laingen here:

http://search.mnhs.org/index.php?brand=cms&q=laingen&startindex=1

Horse-drawn Streetcars

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

On this day in 1872 the Twin Cities first streetcar began operation. It was a horse-pulled 14-seater on tracks.

The first image is of the streetcar in use in 1872; the second is the car in a parade in 1921.

Woman Mowing, 1908

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 12, 2019

Her dress appears far too formal to be mowing, but the yard isn't going to mow itself. 
This photo of a woman mowing is from 1908.

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