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.
The annual St. Paul Winter Carnival starts tomorrow, but the St. Paul Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt is already underway! Participants seek a medallion in the city's public parks using daily clues as guides. This souvenir medallion from our collection predates the first Treasure Hunt by 65 years, but is a treasure in its own right. The front shows the 1887 Ice Palace, and the back scenes of winter activities: skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and curling.
ID: 73.76.2 (Accession Number)
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This photo of a man scraping ice off a car's windshield was taken Jan. 24, 1950.
ID: M.16.A.3 Packet 93 (Locator Number)
Yesterday, January 22, was the 56th anniversary of Minnesota Public Radio's first broadcast. One of the station's first broadcasters, and a staple for 45 years, was Gary Eichten. This "I LIke Eichten" button was created in 2008. Eichten retired in 2012.
ID: 2008.115.5 (Accession Number)
On this day, Jan. 20, 1981, Minnesota native Bruce Laingen and 51 other hostages who had been taken at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran on Nov. 4, 1979 were released after 444 days. Laingen was chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy and was the most senior official held. This button was produced during the crisis.
ID: 2008.107.26 (Accession Number)
On Jan. 19, 1953, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt paid a visit to Minnesota, seen here getting off a train in the Twin Cities on her way to St. Olaf College in Northfield. In her diary, she would later write of the trip: "The 40-mile drive from Minneapolis to Northfield and St. Olaf's [sic] College was rather hazardous, but Minnesota drivers are accustomed to slippery conditions and we made the trip in good time."
ID: M.14.G.3 Packet 34 (Locator Number)
On this day, Jan. 18, 2014, demolition of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome began. In service since 1982, the stadium would be replaced by US Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016. This image is one of a series documenting the demolition and was taken on Feb. 27, 2014.
ID: Collection I.478.160 dig (Locator Number)
On this day, January 17, 1934, the Barker-Carpis gang kidnepped St. Paul banker Edward Bremer. He would be held for weeks before being released for ransom. The subsequent manhunt would bring down the gang. This phote from the collection shows the scene of the kidnapping at the intersection of Goodrich and Lexington Ave. in St. Paul.
Learn more about the Barker-Karpis gang and the kidnapping in this MNopedia article: https://www.mnopedia.org/group/barker-karpis-gang
ID: HV8.13 p3 (Locator Number)
It's Friday! What fun do you have planned for the weekend? In this image from Saturday, Jan. 13, 1951, two curlers at the St. Paul Curling Club are getting their rock measured. Is it just us, or does the judge's face seem to say 'I told you so'?
ID: M.15.H.3 Packet 48 (Locator Number)
This week in 1938, the Hallie Q. Brown House, named for the African American civil rights advocate and suffragist, moved into its first permanent building in St. Paul. The community center has served residents for over 100 years with education, social services, child care and much more — including this children's carnival held in 1961. In addition to photographs, MNHS holds the historical records of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in its collection.
ID: GV7.9 p11 (Locator Number)