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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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Recent Acquisitions Newsletter

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 24, 2021

Click on the image to check out our October Recent Acquisitions Newsletter!
Enjoy!

Talking Turkey

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 23, 2021

Lori Williamson and Jen Huebscher share some of their favorite turkey-related collections items, a couple of which are more beautiful than you likely expect!

Talking Turkey

Recipe Box

By: Lori Williamson | Collections Up Close | November 22, 2021

Time to get out those recipe boxes, cooks!
This plastic recipe box with laminated paper recipe cards was used at New Riverside Cafe in Minneapolis around 1980-1997.
Hope yours are as well loved!

World Toliet Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 19, 2021

Today, November 19, is World Toilet Day as designated by the United Nations. The day is to raise awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.
This photo show a three-story outhouse on State Street, in the West Side Neighborhood of St. Paul in 1940. It is from the St. Paul Daily News.

Native American Heritage Month: Dream of Wild Health

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this, we will highlight contemporary creators weekly who are adding to the cultural landscape of Minnesota and beyond in a variety of fields.

This week’s focus is on food. To that end, we will look at the Dream of Wild Health, whose mission is: “...to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways.”

From their web site: “Dream of Wild Health was created in 1998 to recover and preserve the traditional Native American relationship between people and plants, especially traditional plants that offer spiritual and physical sustenance to our ancestors.” Dream of Wild Health owns its 30-acre farm in Hugo and serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Native community.

The MNHS Library holds a few pieces of ephemera created by them as well as a book containing recipes, health, and nutrition information.

Learn more about them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMN9cgXSuWk

 

 

Hmong Rooster Hat

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

This is a traditional Hmong hat shaped like a rooster cockscomb. It is made by combining two panels of identical design and has multiple layers of geometric appliqués in pink, white, green, and yellow on red and tan background. 
It was made between 1975-95.

Nervousness?

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

If you saw the "Fun" brochure from yesterday's Item of the Day,  it not only contained game ideas for parties but "helpful" ads such as this one.
This little pocket or bag-sized brochure declares "Fun at Parties: for Big and Little Folks". It describes many different games that can be played at parties of all sizes and for all ages.
This brochure was published in the 1930s, largely as an advertisement vehicle for products created by its publisher, the Dr. Miles Medical Co., such as this.
Do you think it worked?

Fun!

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

This little pocket or bag-sized brochure declares "Fun at Parties: for Big and Little Folks". It describes many different games that can be played at parties of all sizes and for all ages.
This brochure was published in the 1930s, largely as an advertisement vehicle for products created by its publisher, the Dr. Miles Medical Co.

Jim Denomie

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 12, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this, we will highlight contemporary creators weekly who are adding to the cultural landscape of Minnesota and beyond in a variety of fields.

This week’s focus is on art. Not unlike writing, there are many wonderful Native artists we could highlight, but today we will focus on Jim Denomie, an Ojibwe painter. He was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Minneapolis. From his biography on the Bockley Gallery website: 

“Primarily a painter, he also works in printmaking, photography, ink drawings and found object sculpture. His narrative paintings focus mainly on political, social, cultural and personal events (both current and historical) pertaining to Native American issues and his personal identity.”

He has won many awards, including a Bush Fellowship and a McKnight Distinguished Artist Award in 2019. MNHS has three of his paintings in the collection plus a published book called “Sketchbook.” 

This oil painting by him is called "Koochie and Tuffy," made in 2007.

Learn more here: http://www.bockleygallery.com/artist_denomie/

 

Veterans' Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 11, 2021

Today's Item of the Day is a photo, showing the  American Legion's Armistice Day tribute to war dead. It was taken in Minneapolis, 1936.
We remember and thank all those who have served.

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