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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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1950s Day Dress

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

This is a ladies' blue cotton "Claire McCardell" street length dress. The bias cut dress fastens down the front with brass hooks and eyes; it is tapered at the top, flowing out to a full skirt.
It was purchased at Dayton's for $50.00 in 1955; that's about $520 in today's dollars!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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

While Valentine’s Day is and should be a celebration of all forms of love, we could not resist this hilarious photo.
It shows a couple kissing while hooked up to a "Love Meter."

It appeared in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune in 1938, and forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection.

Anthony Brutus Cassius

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

This year’s Item of the Day theme for Black History Month celebrates food and food-related inventions.

Anthony Brutus Cassius was a labor activist who fought racially restrictive bank loans and politics to open his own restaurant: The Cassius Bar in downtown Minneapolis. He was the first Black person to get a liquor license in Minnesota. While a restaurant isn’t an invention in the same way as a refrigerated truck, it was an innovation.  Cassius created his place as a gathering spot for the Twin Cities Black community to eat, drink, organize, and connect. The Cassius Bar was that and more for the 47 years he operated it.

This panel painting is titled "Jackie Robinson -- A Historic Steal 1955 World Series." It hung in the Cassius Bar in Minneapolis in the 1960s and 70s.

Learn more about the extraordinary Anthony Brutus Cassius in the resources below.

MN History article: http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/57/v57i08p418-434.pdf

Minneculture: https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2021/09/06/minneculture-the-godfather-of-black-space-in-minneapolis

Oral Histories: 

http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10362585&return=brand%3Dcms%26q%3DAnthony%2520Brutus%2520Cassius

 

http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10319504

 

Anthony Brutus Cassius

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

This year’s Item of the Day theme for Black History Month celebrates food and food-related inventions.

Anthony Brutus Cassius was a labor activist who fought racially restrictive bank loans and politics to open his own restaurant: The Cassius Bar in downtown Minneapolis. He was the first Black person to get a liquor license in Minnesota. While a restaurant isn’t an invention in the same way as a refrigerated truck, it was an innovation.  Cassius created his place as a gathering spot for the Twin Cities Black community to eat, drink, organize, and connect. The Cassius Bar was that and more for the 47 years he operated it.

This panel painting is titled "Jackie Robinson -- A Historic Steal 1955 World Series." It hung in the Cassius Bar in Minneapolis in the 1960s and 70s.

Learn more about the extraordinary Anthony Brutus Cassius in the resources below.

MN History article: http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/57/v57i08p418-434.pdf

Minneculture: https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2021/09/06/minneculture-the-godfather-of-black-space-in-minneapolis

Oral Histories: 

http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10362585&return=brand%3Dcms%26q%3DAnthony%2520Brutus%2520Cassius

 

http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10319504

 

Italian Landscape

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

This is a lithograph, called "Italian Landscape," of a blurred landscape showing shrubs and fields in the foreground with trees and cloudy skies in the background. 
It was created by Adolph Dehn in 1965.

Curling

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 9, 2022

Just a reminder: we knew Curling before it was cool. 
This is a photo of a curling club in 1925 from the Minneapolis Journal.

1920s Recipes

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 8, 2022

Cookbooks are a great way to document both local food companies and well as the habits and tastes of the past. 
Today we have this lovely "Recipes: Old Home Creamed Cottage Cheese" from 1929. It is only 8 pages but contains small illustrations of recipes throughout.
Which of these recipes on this page alone would you be willing to try?
 

Ski Jumping

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 7, 2022

Ski jumping used to be a fairly regular winter activity, judging by the photos of many neighborhood parks which had jumps in the early 20th century.
This photo shows a ski jump tournament in Fergus Falls, between 1911-13.

The Olympics begin today!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 4, 2022

The 2022 Winter Olympics begin today!
In honor of this, today we highlight the 1996 Olympic Torch from the summer games torch relay, now in our collection.  

This torch was carried in the Summer Olympics by Minnesotan Marjorie Hammargren.
 

Winter Carnival Vulcan Medal

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 3, 2022

As we near the end of Winter Carnival, can we start thinking spring? Please?
This is a St. Paul Winter Carnival medal featuring Vulcanus Rex LII from 1989.

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