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Good Times in the Woods, 1923

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

This book is by author and educator Dietrich Lange, who was born in Germany and moved to Minnesota when he was 18. He wrote over 15 books, most of them adventure stories aimed at boys. We have most of them in the Library collection here.

Map of the United States, 1818

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2019

This map of the United States of America was made in 1818 by John Melish. Please note how the border between North West Territory and Missouri Territory runs directly through what later becomes Minnesota.

Soup Bowl

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 16, 2019

This soup bowl used by the 2nd Minnesota Regiment, Company C at Fort Snelling in 1900.

Man Mailing Taxes

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

This photo of a man mailing off his taxes is from 1938. It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection, available for use in the Gale Family Library.

End of the Civil War

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2019

This headline from the St. Cloud Democrat announces the end of the Civil War on April 13, 1865.

Visit our Newspaper Hub to see more articles from the period!

 

April Snow

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2019

While April snow is nothing new, it is still not appreciated. This photo is of a snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul on April 14, 1949.

It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection. 

Ladies' Brimmed Hat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2019

This ladies' hat is made of cream haircloth braid trimmed in pastel shade flowers.

It was worn by Cornelia Saunders Stott of St. Paul at her daughter Mary's wedding to Mr. P. C. Richter on April 16, 1929.

April Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 9, 2019

This oil painting is titled "April Day." It was created by Knute Heldner in 1921.

Log Drive

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 8, 2019

This photo is of logs at a river landing waiting for the ice to thaw in order to start the log drive. It was taken in 1920. 

April Fashion

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 5, 2019

We close out umbrella week with this lovely cover of the April 1928 issue of "H. A. Waner and Son's Fashion News." This self-proclaimed "Store of Honest Values" was based in Cresco, Iowa. This advertising pamphlet highlights new spring and summer styles available for sale.

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