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.
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.
This hand-embroidered green wool coat was made by Bessie Chaney for her granddaughter in Minneapolis in 1952. The red lining is also quilted. Coat was made as part of a winter snow set.
Happy New Year!
This 1928 calendar was created to promote the Northern Pacific Railway and its route through Yellowstone National Park.
This fascinating, tiny book is titled: “A pretty New-Year's gift; or, Entertaining histories : for the amusement and instruction of young ladies and gentlemen, in winter evenings.” The author is “Solomon Sobersides,” clearly an instructional nom de plume.
Originally published as “Christmas tales for the amusement and instruction of young ladies and gentlemen” in Glasgow in 1782, this second edition seen here was published in Worchester, MA in 1796. The idea behind the book was a collection of stories to be given as a gift to entertain young people and keep them out of trouble during the long winter nights.
This photograph show the Columbian Book Store in St. Cloud. It was taken in 1901.
This early map of Minneapolis was created in 1854 by Charles Christmas.
This abstract watercolor is titled "Still Life, 1957."
It was in fact painted in 1957 by Keith Havens.
Yesterday was the first day of Kwanzaa, the annual celebration of African American heritage, unity, and culture.
This cloth doll was made by Phyllis Chatham of Minneapolis in 2012 to celebrate Kwanzaa, using mainly African fabrics. The dress is mainly orange with multicolored strips and a matching crown.
From the artist's statement: "This is a chitchat doll - a celebration of life, capturing cultural reflections. Cloth doll making is the art of healing; a journey celebrating the human spirit."
This Christmas card depicts an abstract branch with red ornament on blue, with holiday greeting on the interior.
It was made by artists David and Lolita Granahan between 1963 -1974.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday full of peace and light!