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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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National Animal Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 4, 2021

Today is National Animal Day!
We all love our dogs and cats, but we wanted to look at more surprising animals in the collection. So here is a photo of R. F. Jones with baby bears at Longfellow Gardens, Minneapolis in 1925.
Stay tuned for a future TikTok to celebrate animal day, coming soon!

National Animal Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 4, 2021

Today is National Animal Day!
We all love our dogs and cats, but we wanted to look at more surprising animals in the collection. So here is a photo of R. F. Jones with baby bears at Longfellow Gardens, Minneapolis in 1925.
Stay tuned for a future TikTok to celebrate animal day, coming soon!

October

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 1, 2021

This is a 'second proof' woodblock print on paper by Charles Beck, created in 1974. It shows rows of contour lines of plowed fields converge towards a vanishing point at top center. Printed primarily in rusty reds and ochres, it has some green and black as well. The title is written in pencil at lower left and reads, "OCTOBER." 

Old Met Stadium

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 30, 2021

Forty years ago today, September 30, 1981, the Twins Baseball Club played their last game at their first home stadium, the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.
The bases were repainted after each game, and this one was used during the last Twins game at the Met.

Baby Chicks

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 29, 2021

Still time for one more National Chicken Month post!
This photo shows a woman carrying a tray full of baby chicks in 1910.

Mississippi?

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

This map is titled "Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississippi."
It was created in 1718 by Guillaume de L'Isle, a French cartographer, and shows what at the time was the presumed route of the Mississippi.
 

Weather Balloon

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

This is a Winds of Freedom weather balloon. It is a round, dark grey deflated weather balloon with long neck made from rubber; it was used by Winds of Freedom campaign in 1951 to send messages of hope into Communist countries. Harold Stassen was apparently present when the first of these balloons was launched.

Fitzgerald's Birthday

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 24, 2021

Today is F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday. 
In celebration we are highlighting two of our favorites relating to him from the collection. The photo shows Fitzgerald and his mother on Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, in 1897. The book with the beautiful dust jack is one written by him many years later, "All the Sad Young Men," published in 1926.

Save Your Photos Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 23, 2021

This coming Saturday is Save Your Photos Day! Always on a Saturday in September, it serves as a reminder that photos are perishable memories.

It's important to back up digital photos and organize printed photos. Adding names, dates, and places will help both your memory and people in the future!

Recent Acquisitions Newsletter - August 2021

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

Once again, it's time for our Recent Acquisitions Newsletter!
See what we've been up to by clicking here!

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