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 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
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.
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?
The interior of P. Boosalis Ice Cream and Candy Emporium, Minneapolis 1905
The exterior of Madelon's Ice Cream Shop, 636 North Snelling Avenue, St. Paul 1952
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!