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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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Antler Rake

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

This rake is made from ash wood and deer antler. It was used for gardening by Hidatsa Indians, circa 1905-1918.

Dog Editorial

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

We have entered the Dog Days of Summer, which is reason enough to feature our fuzzy friends this week.


This dog is complaining about the "Dogs Not Permitted On Bathing Beach" sign at Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis, in 1937.

Flapjack the Dog

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

We have entered the Dog Days of Summer, which is reason enough to feature our fuzzy friends this week.
Flapjack was Pillsbury Company plush mascot in 1984. Part doughboy, part puppy, all silly cuteness.

Children and Dogs

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

We have entered the Dog Days of Summer, which is reason enough to feature our fuzzy friends this week.
This photo of children and dogs was taken in Northfield in 1890. The girl appears a bit wary of them.

Toy Dog

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 6, 2019

We have entered the Dog Days of Summer, which is reason enough to feature our fuzzy friends this week.
This toy dog was made as an occupational therapy project by a wounded soldier at Fort Snelling after World War I, 1918 - 1919.

Pouch Dog

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 5, 2019

We have entered the Dog Days of Summer, which is reason enough to feature our fuzzy friends this week.


Today it's Pouch Dog. This photo was taken by Craig Litherland in 1978.

Camp Pies!

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

This week we are looking at photographs of camps from our collection! Whether you loved or hated camp, it was always memorable.
This was a lot of pies being made at camp! This photo is from Camp Bronson, in far northwestern Minnesota, in 1936.

Language Camp

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

This week we are looking at photographs of camps from our collection! Whether you loved or hated camp, it was always memorable.
In this photo we see Senior Counselor and Waterfront Manager Melanie Spencer singing to girl campers about the French Voyageurs on International Day at the Concordia Language Village, Bemidji. It was taken in 1999.

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.

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