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Airplane

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 27, 2019

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel!
This photos shows an airplane in the hangar in Rochester in 1933.

Covered Wagon

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

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel.
This photo shows a family standing by their covered wagon, circa 1880.
Hopefully your travel goes more smoothly than this!

Map of the United States, 1836

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

In honor of the holiday, this week's theme is travel!
And who can travel without a map? This map of the United States was created in 1836 by J. Webster.

Is where you're going on it?

Hidatsa dried prairie turnips

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

More food!
Prairie turnips were an important source of food for all Plains Indians; when peeled, they could be eaten fresh or dried and stored indefinitely. Hidatsa Indians would use them to drop into stews and pounded them to use as flour. These sliced and dried turnips and whole turnip were gathered in 1916.

Turkeys!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 21, 2019

One week to go!
This pair of carved wood hen and tom turkeys was sculptured by renowned artist Charles Beck in 2006.

Cookbooks

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 20, 2019

If you need inspiration for next week, we have quite a collection of cookbooks in our Gale Family Library from all time periods! The Library is free and open to the public!
Here we see a group of women consulting a cookbook in 1950. This photo forms part of Philip C. Dittes photograph collection.

See a list of cookbooks here.

Pie Server

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 19, 2019

It's the time of year to focus on food, as so we shall this week!
Here we have a Poppin' Fresh Pie Server, made and marketed by the Pillsbury Company of Minneapolis, circa 1992.

Table Setting

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2019

It's the time of year to focus on food, as so we shall this week!
This photo shows a dining room table set for eighteen in 1920. They were ready; we've still got some time!

AIM Protest Button, 1973

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

In 1973 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, to protest government injustice.

This button was developed by AIM members in Minneapolis to discourage tourism to South Dakota in the wake of the protest.

Republics versus Woman

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 14, 2019

I was looking for suffrage publications when I came across this in the library stacks today, and I found it too surprising to not share. 
The subtitle and dedication say it all. It was published in 1903.

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