What was Minnesota History Roulette?
Minnesota History Roulette was a game of chance, an impossible time machine, a historical mashup generator, in which players would push the "SPIN" button to free-associate their way through the Minnesota Historical Society's photo and newspaper collections. It was made possible through an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries and Museums.
A chance spin on the History Roulette machine would combine random pairs of image and caption elements into a mock newspaper front page—often making comical or otherwise interesting juxtapositions, and generating curiosty about MNHS collections.
- Photo—Ralph Samuelson coming off the ramp while water skiing. (1925) (Image link)
- Clipping—Futurist art is not entirely dead, as you can see by this. (Newspaper link).