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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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Wartime Poster, 1914 - 1918

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 29, 2020

This poster is not kidding around. 
The importance of coal to the World War I war effort is re-enforced by the message that families will be cold if they do not take appropriate precautions and cut wood now!
"Save Your Family Next Winter" could hardly be more direct.

Hat, 1960

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 28, 2020

I want this hat. Isn't it lovely?
It's a ladies' red satin and velvet cloche designed by Walter Florell and purchased from the John W. Thomas and Company in Minneapolis. It was worn by Mrs. Jane Freeman, wife of former governor Orville Freeman during the John Kennedy campaign and the Eisenhower bridge dedication. Circa 1960.

Winter Transportation Ad

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 27, 2020

This print poster is an advertisement for winter vehicles from Crisham and Winch for the 1895 – 1896 season. 
How would you like this to be your mode of transportation?

St. Paul Winter Carnival Medal, 1888

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 24, 2020

This early Saint Paul Winter Carnival medal features an eagle with outstretched wings carrying a banner reading: "E. PLURIBUS UNUM". The medal also features the 1888 Ice Palace; the other side depicts Columbia and the date 1888.

Wintergreen

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 17, 2020

The new art exhibit opening at the James J. Hill House tomorrow had us thinking about botanical prints in the collection.
This watercolor is called "Creeping or Spicy Wintergreen."  It was created as part of the WPA art project in 1941 by Lloyd Quackenbush.
Be sure to visit "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity" on view at the Hill House January 18 - June 21, 2020!

 

War Ration Books

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 16, 2020

This war ration book holder was manufactured by Pillsbury Best Flour for the Office of Price Administration, USA, in 1943. 

Minneapolis

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 15, 2020

This print is of downtown Minneapolis in 1925. It was made by lithographer Louis Lozowick.

Cross-Country Skiing!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2020

Looks like he picked the smart way to get around!
This photo is of a man on cross-country skis after a snowstorm in 1924.

Salt & Pepper Fish

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 13, 2020

Would you like to look at these every day on your table?
This pair of ceramic salt and pepper shakers are painted to resemble smallmouth bass fish. They were made in Japan and shown at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul between 1950 - 1975.

Vikings

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 10, 2020

In the football season of 1987, the Vikings beat both the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs back-to-back. Perhaps this is the year to do it again?
This card is one from the Minnesota Vikings crime prevention trading card set, issued in 1987. There were 14 cards in all, highlighting different players with a crime prevention tip on the back.
Stay safe and go Vikes!

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