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Milk Stand, State Fair, 1924

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 27, 2018

This photo from 1924 shows people enjoying the milk stand at the State Fair. The fashion and idea of milk as food makes this photo especially fun! Welcome to Fair Food week!

See it in Collections Online.

President Roosevelt at the Fair, 1901 and 1908

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 24, 2018

President Roosevelt visited the State Fair multiple times, inlcluding his "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" speech of 1901 (the date of the horseback photo) and again in 1908 (date of the speech photo).

See them in Collections Online using the links above.

Sabra Hardy part 4

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | August 23, 2018


Red Cross nurse Sabra Hardy wrote this letter home to her mother and step-father while in New York preparing to go overseas. She talks about receiving her uniform and mentions that they are not being told when the ship will be sailing. She also talks about what she misses now that she is a nurse, butter for example. Hardy is excited to recieve a dog tag that is just like the ones that the boys wear. At the top of the letter Hardy mentions that she has made a will, and that her mother shouldn't "be foolish about it". She even asks if there's anything in particular her mother would like to have. Hardy would die two months later.

 


I'm willing clothes to Marg + its nothing unusual to make a will so don't be foolish about it. What in particular would you like?
New York.
Aug 23-18.
Dearest Mother and Dave:-
I am here at last and I just can't wait till my gov't outfit together + my red cross suit on. They are such a good looking blue serge suit [...] We start fittings + drilling in a day or so. We have to report at Judson church every am for roll call. [...] They are making a "dog" tag to hang around our necks, same as the boys wear. There are thousands here of course + that's all I dare tell you about them. [...] We are not to know ourselves when we sail + I think I'll be O.K. The gov't will notify father of anything different + he will notify all others. [...] How I wish I had a good meal of sweet corn + butter. We have good meals here tho, but have to just beg for a little butter, but we don't go hungry. They have regular meal hour for the nurses, there are about 150 in this hotel + others scattered over the city in others and if you aren't there on time you don't get any, we've found out because they feed the nurses different than the patrons [...]
Loads of love,
Sabra

Citation: "Hardy, Sabra R." Minnesota Public Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 114.D.4.3B

Untitled Midway Print, 1982

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 23, 2018

This chromogenic print was made by James May in 1982. The image was taken in the Midway area of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

See it in Collections Online.

Observation of the Jewish Holidays

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | August 22, 2018


This short note was sent to the 88th Division of the American Expeditionary Force on August 23rd, 1918. It states that wherever it wouldn't interfere with military operations, American soldiers of the Jewish faith should be given the day off in order to observe the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur.

 


France, August 23, 1918.
[...]
1. The Commander in Chief directs that, wherever it will not interfere with military operations, soldiers of the Jewish faith serving in the American Expeditionary Forces will be excused from all duty, and where deemed practicable granted passes, to enable them to observe in their customary manner the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement. These days are as follows:
The New Year, from sunset September 6th to sunset September 8, 1918.
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), from sunset September 15th to sunset September 16, 1918.
(Signed) Alfred J. Booth

Citation: U.S. Army, 350th Infantry Regiment, Co. G, records 1917-1919. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. BG6/.U584/350th

Tickets to Fair, 1908

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 22, 2018

Another Fair item from 110 years ago is this booklet of complimentary admission tickets to the 1908 Minnesota State Fair. Three tickets are missing, and three tickets remain.

See it in Collections Online.

"British Force Huns Back Over Two Miles in Surprise Attack and Capture Four Towns" and "Battle Front is Shortened" - The Duluth Herald. August 21, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | August 21, 2018

Livestock Building at the Fair, 1908

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 21, 2018

This 110-year old postcard shows the Livestock Building on the State Fair Grounds in 1908. 

See it in Collections Online.

"French in Lassigny; British Capture Roye Station" and "Replacement of Men by Women Increasing" - The Minneapolis Morning Tribune. August 20, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | August 20, 2018

Minnesota Territorial Pioneers Golden Jubilee Badge

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 20, 2018

This Minnesota Territorial Pioneers Golden Jubilee badge consists of a circular pin-back button with ribbon streamers. The organization's Semi-Centennial Homecoming Celebration event was held during the 1908 Minnesota State Fair. Yes, this week's theme is the Fair!

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