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.
Who's ready for Halloween?
This images is of a Halloween window display in 1957. It is part of the Norton Peel collection.
Reminder: statewide local elections will be held next Tuesday, November 2!
Both Saint Paul and Minneapolis will have rent control questions on their ballots. This is an issue that comes up with some regularity; here we present an early ballot box and some buttons from earlier iterations of this question.
This was the first ballot box used in Spring Lake, MN, and made by George Sutton in 1854.
The "Fair Housing" button is from 1991.
Brian Coyle, Minneapolis City Council Member, used the blue button in the 1980s.
An article presenting both sides of the Cities' ballot questions can be found here: https://www.minnpost.com/metro/2021/05/the-push-for-rent-control-in-minneapolis-explained/
Check the Minnesota Secretary of State's web site for more information about how and where to vote statewide!
This undated poster shows a group of children dressed for various outdoor activities; below the photo is the Smokey the Bear logo and phrase "Only you can prevent forest fires."
This diorama was created in 2010 and depicts Minnesota band, The Trashmen, in concert. It was assembled by Barbie Cohn Andreason, wife of Trashmen lead vocalist Tony Andreason, to commemorate her husband's musical career.
The Trashmen formed in Minneapolis in 1962 and had their biggest hit with "Surfin' Bird" in 1963.
And as it is the MEA long weekend, we thought it appropriate to share this photo of a Minnesota vacation information booth at Dayton's, downtown Minneapolis, in 1955.
The annual Minnesota Education Association (MEA) conference dates back, in some form, to 1861. This Minnesota Education Association button dates to 1990.
Enjoy this much beloved long weekend!
This navy blue wool band leader's jacket has a black cord designs and velvet cuffs. It was used by Frank Danz, Jr., the co-founder and first concertmaster of the Minneapolis Symphony (later known as the Minnesota Orchestra) between 1900-1910.