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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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Hmong Textile Art

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 26, 2022

Today's Item of the Day is this piece of Hmong paj ntaub (pa ndau) textile art. It is a reverse appliqué wall hanging with complex repeated patterns of pinwheel snail houses with sawtooth borders.

It was made by Cher Lee and sold at Hmong Handwork in Saint Paul between 1981 - 1998.

Maud Hart Lovelace's Birthday

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 25, 2022

Maud Hart Lovelace was born on this day in 1892 in Mankato. She was the author of the beloved Betsy-Tacy series; this is the first book in that series from 1940.
Learn more about her here: https://www.mnopedia.org/person/lovelace-maud-palmer-hart-1892-1980

Bonus IOTD: Mary Lucia's Rev 105 Card

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 22, 2022

Mary Lucas, a long-time radio host in the Twin Cities, signed off from the station she helped create yesterday. 
In honor of her work, we want to share her business card from an earlier station, the beloved REV 105, that is in our collection.
Thank you for all the joy you've brought us, Mary!

Immigration Pamphlet

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 22, 2022

This is the cover of ““Minnesota Och Dess Fördelar För Invandraren” (“Minnesota and its Advantages for Immigrants”), a pamphlet written in 1867 by Hans Mattson to encourage Swedes to immigrate to Minnesota.

Pamphlets promoting the beauty and resources of Minnesota to encourage immigration were written in a variety of languages in the late 19th century.

Minnesota Artist George Morrison

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 21, 2022

We are celebrating George Morrison’s work this week, as a US Postage Stamp honoring him will be released this Friday, April 22.
This pen and ink on paper work is titled "Big Sky Over Lake Superior." It was completed by George Morrison in 1981.
Learn more about him here: https://www.mnopedia.org/person/morrison-george-1919-2000

Minnesota Artist George Morrison

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 20, 2022

We will be celebrating George Morrison this week, as a US Postage Stamp honoring him will be released this Friday, April 22. 
This photos shows Hazel Belvo and George Morrison in 1976.
It forms part of the Victor Bloomfield artists' portraits collection. 
Learn more about George Morrison here: https://www.mnopedia.org/person/morrison-george-1919-2000

Minnesota Artist George Morrison

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 19, 2022

We will be celebrating George Morrison’s work this week, as a US Postage Stamp honoring him will be released this Friday, April 22. 
This early abstract oil on raw canvas board by George Morrison is simply labeled "Untitled." 
It was completed in 1959.
Learn more about George Morrison here!
 

Can Opener

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 18, 2022

What surprising things can be found in collections...a wooden can opener? Sure!
This wooden can opener with a paddle end was used by the Green Giant Company and its predecessor, the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, in Le Sueur, Minnesota. 
It dates between 1903 - 1989, but was likely used on the earlier end of that timeframe.

Tax Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 15, 2022

Once again, it's Tax Day.
This photo shows Senator William L. Dietz working on a tax bill at the Minnesota State Capitol.  
It is from the St. Paul Daily News in 1937.
Find more photos in Collections Online on the subject of taxes and so much more! 
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Map of Minnesota, 1856

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

This rather truncated map of Minnesota was printed in 1856.
Its authors are C. Meyer and H. Von Minden.

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