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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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Yearbook Search Service

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 17, 2021

Today's Item of the Day is one yearbook, which we are using to announce a new service available from the Gale Family Reference Library - our Yearbook Research Service!

Learn more by clicking here.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 16, 2021

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Why does it run from September 15 to October 15? September 15 was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21 respectively.

Since today is Mexican Independence Day, we feature this photo from the Mexican Independence Day Parade in St. Paul 50 years ago. The parade itself was held on Friday, September 17, 1971.

 

Swede Hollow

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 15, 2021

This painting shows an autumn scene of Swede Hollow, simply titled "Swede Hollow." It is an oil on canvas by Bob Brown, circa 1945. 
Sparse houses sit at the bottom of Swede Hollow at center, below a grove of trees. The Hamm's Brewery is visible in the distant background at left and a silhouette of the Hamm mansion is seen at right. A train passes through the scene at bottom left.

Swede Hollow

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 15, 2021

This painting shows an autumn scene of Swede Hollow, simply titled "Swede Hollow." It is an oil on canvas by Bob Brown, circa 1945. 
Sparse houses sit at the bottom of Swede Hollow at center, below a grove of trees. The Hamm's Brewery is visible in the distant background at left and a silhouette of the Hamm mansion is seen at right. A train passes through the scene at bottom left.

Cardigan Weather

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 14, 2021

As the weather inches its way toward being more fall-like, our thoughts turn to cardigans.
Today we present this A-line polyester knit dress with a cardigan, worn by Barbara Grahn of Minneapolis in 1970. The sleeveless dress has a white top with dark blue collar, dark blue skirt, and the appearance of a red, yellow and blue belt. The sweater is edged in the same dark blue, with a red, white, yellow and blue design.

Minnesota's New Poet Laureate!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 13, 2021

Congratulations to Gwen Westerman, last week named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate! 
Today we feature her book “Follow the Blackbird” from 2013. A short description of this book reads: “An intricate balance between the singularity of personal experience and the unity of collective longing, Follow the Blackbirds speaks to the affection and appreciation a contemporary poet feels for her family, community, and environment.” 

Back to School

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 10, 2021

This photo from the St. Paul Dispatch - Pioneer Press in 1951 shows a new bus for North St. Paul Public School kindergartners.

National School Picture Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 9, 2021

Today is National School Picture Day. Who knew?
In honor of this, we present this Micro-Z portrait camera and case, built and used by Lifetouch Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, circa 1981-2005. 
Cameras of this type were brought to schools around the country for taking student portraits. 
Do you remember it?

September is Chicken Month!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 8, 2021

Lest we forget that September is National Chicken Month, here's another reminder.
3M is an incredibly well-known company worldwide, based here in Minnesota. But did you know that they had a board game division for awhile in the 1960-70s?
This is an example of one of their creations: "EGGHEAD or chicken" board game, manufactured by 3M Company in 1967.

Judging & Winners at the Fair

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 3, 2021

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