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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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Honoring Martin Luther King

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 17, 2022

This year, members of Dr. King's immediate family ask that communities forgo celebrations of MLK Day unless federal leaders take up the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. To honor that, we simply post this reminder of the importance of voting rights. 

This is the cover for the program to the Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Minnesota from 1869. This program was presented at the first political convention Black Minnesotans held after gaining the right to vote. The celebration held on January 1, 1869 in St. Paul also marked the creation of the Sons of Freedom, the first African American civil rights group in Minnesota.

At the time this only applied to Black men, not Black women.

Learn More: https://www.mnopedia.org/event/african-american-suffrage-minnesota-1868

 

 

Map of the United States

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2022

This rare map of the United States was made in 1836 by J. Webster.

Winter Hat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 13, 2022

This is women's tall, faux fur winter hat,with red and black satin lining. It was worn by a member of the LeDuc family in Hastings between 1920-50.
 

Ann Bancroft

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 12, 2022

This time of year thinking about Antarctica really puts things in perspective.

On January 14, 1993, Ann Bancroft of Saint Paul reached the South Pole by skis, becoming the first woman to travel overland to both the North and South Poles.

MNHS is proud to have an extensive collection of materials Bancroft used and in some cases invented to document her important story. Bancroft is an explorer, educator, and philanthropist who started the Ann Bancroft Foundation dedicated to inspiring and supporting girls in fulfilling their dreams.

Seen here are a pair of cross-country skis used by Ann Bancroft of Minnesota during the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

Learn More about Minnesota’s Polar Explorers: https://libguides.mnhs.org/polarex

 

Dress your pet up Day!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 11, 2022

It has come to our attention that January 14, this coming Friday, is National Dress Your Pet Up Day. This naturally led us to wonder what we might have to share along these lines; here is just one example.

This photo show an unidentified man holding a dog in a sweater. This forms part of the Rondo Neighborhood photograph collection. The photo taken by Marvin Anderson in 1964.

We encourage you to share photos of your fur friends here if you would like!

Artillery Observer's Kit

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 10, 2022

United States Army artillery observer's kit owned by Charles P. Clark. It includes a map case, ruler, and trajectory scale. The leather map case folds out to reveal an interior lined with yellowed transparent celluloid, under which maps can be inserted. It is dated 1917 and used in World War I.
An Artillery Observer is responsible for directing artillery and mortar fire in battle.

Voyageurs National Park

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2022

Tomorrow, January 8, is the anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing a bill creating Voyageurs National Park in 1971.
This photo shows Governor Wendell Anderson with former governors Harold LeVander, Elmer L. Andersen, and Karl Rolvaag and Representative John Blatnik in the governor's Reception Room, at the passing of the Voyageurs National Park Bill.
Learn more about it in this MNopedia article:
https://www.mnopedia.org/place/voyageurs-national-park

Recent Acquisitions Newsletter, November & December 2021

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 6, 2022

Click on the image to check out our new Recent Acquisitions Newsletter!
This is a double edition - two months!
Enjoy!

Recent Acquisitions Newsletter, November & December 2021

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 6, 2022

Click on the image to check out our new Recent Acquisitions Newsletter!
This is a double edition - two months!
Enjoy!

Walter Mondale's Birthday

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 5, 2022

Today is former Vice-President Walter Mondale's birthday; he was one of the many people we lost in 2021.
This is his membership medal for the Minnesota Young Democrats' Club, circa 1949-1950. 

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