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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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Minnehaha Falls

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

This majestic image of Minnehaha Falls was taken between 1910 - 1925. It forms part of Edward D. Mayo photograph collection. 
Don't miss the little figure on the left hand side!

Sun Fetcher

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

I feel like this is a book we all may need a bit of today.

It's "Sun Fetcher," a book of poetry by Minneapolis poet Michael Dennis Browne. It was published in 1978 and is in the MNHS Library collection.

Prince's Purple Rain Costume

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 3, 2019

Prince's iconic ensemble from "Purple Rain," which was largely filmed in First Avenue, will be on display in the exhibit. 
The First Avenue exhibit opens on Saturday, May 4!

First Avenue Exterior

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 2, 2019

This photo of the exterior of First Avenue was taken by Daniel Corrigan, circa 1990. It celebrates First Ave. as an "International Music Landmark."
The First Avenue exhibit open this Saturday, May 4!

First Avenue Concert Ticket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 1, 2019

This is an admission ticket for a Trip Shakespeare concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, 1989.
The First Avenue Exhibit opens this Saturday, May 4!

Sam's Danceteria concert calender poster

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

So excited about the First Avenue exhibit opening next Friday, May 4! Can't Hardly Wait!
This Sam's Danceteria calendar is for November 1981. The club was renamed "First Avenue" on December 31, 1981.

School Desk and Bench, 1889 - 1919

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

This cast iron and wood school desk and bench were used in the Watonwan school district, circa 1889-1919.

Simplicity feed sack poster, 1989

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

I do not remember this part of the 1980s.

This is poster is promoting feed sack garment patterns made by Simplicity. The poster-type ad shows models wearing a feed sack jumper, skirt, and t-shirt. These patterns are dated 1989.

Tea Container, 1875

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

This commemorative tea container was made to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War in 1875. It was produced by The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Saint Paul.

Prince Memorial

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

Today we remember Prince, who passed way three years ago yesterday, on April 21.

This photo shows a group of children standing with the mural artist in front of his Prince portrait near 26th Street & Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. It was taken on April 24, 2016.

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