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Occupational Therapy

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | December 30, 2018

Occupational therapy was a common treatment for wounded soldiers returning home from World War I. MNHS houses numerous items created at the United States General Hospital #29 located at Fort Snelling.

  • Toy dog made of painted wood with movable limbs, tail, ears, and head. Maker unknown.
  • Hammered brass cufflinks made by V.C. Parsons of the US Army 108th Ambulance Train, Company D.
  • Woven raffia purse made by Carl B. Trove of the US Army 1st Division, 26th Infantry, Company B


Minnesota Historical Society Collections.
Dog 1639.H369
Cufflinks 1642.H372
Purse 1659.H389