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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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Coya's Accordian

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 23, 2022

Today is Coya Knutson's birthday. She was the first Minnesota woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, elected in 1954.
This Hohner accordion was used on the campaign trail by Knutson.
Learn more about her here: https://libguides.mnhs.org/knutson

Help the War Effort

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

This poster was used to encourage support for the war effort during World War I, 1914 - 1918. 
The title is all black lettering, except the "I" and "My" which are in red. It features six suggestions for helping war effort, along with an explanation of each.

Summer Foods - Ice Cream!

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

We end our week of summer foods with perhaps the best possible - ice cream!
In which of these two fine establishment would you rather enjoy a cool treat?
Pictured: 
The interior of P. Boosalis Ice Cream and Candy Emporium, Minneapolis 1905
or
The exterior of Madelon's Ice Cream Shop, 636 North Snelling Avenue, St. Paul 1952

Summer Foods - Tomatoes!

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

This week we are celebrating the foods of summer, and how could we over look perfect tomatoes?
This photo shows tomatoes in basket at the Minneapolis Farmers Market in 1935. 
They look great, but we wish it was in color!

Summer Foods - Fruit Corer

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 17, 2022

All this week we are celebrating the foods of summer.
This item in the collection is a cast metal fruit corer with red wood handles, circa 1927.

Summer Foods - Corn

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 16, 2022

This week we are celebrating the foods of summer!
What says summer more than locally grown corn on the cob?
This photo shows an enthusiast competitor at a corn eating contest in 1950. It was taken by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Summer Foods - Gardens

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

Time to celebrate foods of summer!
This photograph from 1908 shows a woman posed in a garden of sunflowers and tomatoes.
Hope all of your gardens are doing as well!

Belview Band

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 12, 2022

Today's Item of the Day is this photograph of the Belview Band.
Sadly, it is undated. Yet we still like the image: it is so clear and radiants town pride.

Mall of America turns 30!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 11, 2022

The Mall of America opened 30 years ago today! 
This collectors shopping bag was designed by Alex Boies in that first year of 1992.

The Prision Mirror

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 10, 2022

The Prison Mirror started publication on August 10, 1887.  It is the newspaper of the Stillwater State Prison and is the longest, continuously published prison newspaper in the country.
The initial motto was "God helps those who help themselves;"  a few issues later it changed to "It is never too late to mend." 
The Prison Mirror was co-founded by brothers Cole, Robert, and James Younger, members of the James-Younger Gang who were serving life sentences after taking part in a raid in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1876.
See more in our Digital Newspaper Database!
https://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/hub/prison-mirror

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