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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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Halloween Store Window

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 28, 2021

Who's ready for Halloween?
This images is of a Halloween window display in 1957. It is part of the Norton Peel collection.

Bonus: Ghost Photo Shoot!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 27, 2021

Something spooky going on at the library?!
Click on the image to watch our friendly ghost at work.

Bonus: Ghost Photo Shoot!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 27, 2021

Something spooky going on at the library?!
Click on the image to watch our friendly ghost at work.

Statewide Local Elections Next Tuesday!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 27, 2021

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!
https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

Fire Safety

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 26, 2021

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." 
 

Diorama!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 25, 2021

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.

MEA Weekend, continued

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 22, 2021

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.

Welcome back, MEA!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 21, 2021

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!

Recent Acquisitions Newsletter, September 2021

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 20, 2021

 

The Recent Acquisitions Newsletter for September 2021 is ready for your perusal.
Take a look and enjoy!

 

Band Leader

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 19, 2021

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.

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