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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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Book-binding

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 24, 2020

This photo shows a group doing a book-binding project together at Phyllis Wheatley House in Minneapolis, 1936.
Hopefully soon we will be able to enjoy books together in a variety of ways!

Notebook

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 23, 2020

Does anyone else find themselves hoarding notebooks? Thinking "I need to save this one for something special..." or is this just me?
Anyhow, I love blank notebooks; they hold such potential.
Today's book is a promotional notebook given out by Bay State Milling Company in Winona, 1910.

The Road Back to Sweetgrass

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 22, 2020


Today's book is "The Road Back to Sweetgrass"! It is the inaugural book of the Gale Family Library's Virtual Book Club.
Join us tomorrow evening at 7 pm on Facebook for a casual conversation with others and the author of the book, Linda LaGarde Grover. Even if you haven't read it, tune in!
And stay tuned to more book and literature discussion opportunities coming in the near future!
 

City

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 21, 2020

This week's theme is books, and today's is good one.
It is "City," a science-fiction book where dogs end up running the world, written by Minnesotan Clifford Simak in 1952. It has been republished numerous times, but this is the original first edition dust jacket.

A Reading of Arrowsmith

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 20, 2020

This week's topic is books. We start with "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis, the title for which he won (and rejected) the 1926 Pulitzer Press. The book tells the story of Dr. Arrowsmith, who eventually encounters  and must combat a plague. 
Click on the image to hear Patrick Coleman, Acquisitions Librarian, read a passage! 
(The exhibit he mentions will happen, but the date is currently in flux of course.)

Truckers and Delivery Drivers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2020

This week we want to express a big thank you to many others who keep us going in these difficult times.
This photo shows delivery trucks and drivers in front of Franklin Cooperative Creamery Association, 2108 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis. It was taken in 1950 by Norton & Peel.

Thank you Truckers and Delivery Drivers!

Truckers and Delivery Drivers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2020

This week we want to express a big thank you to many others who keep us going in these difficult times.
This photo shows delivery trucks and drivers in front of Franklin Cooperative Creamery Association, 2108 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis. It was taken in 1950 by Norton & Peel.

Thank you Truckers and Delivery Drivers!

Teachers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 16, 2020

This week we want to express a big thank you to many others who keep us going in these difficult times.
This photo shows a group of teachers in 1900.

Thank you Teachers!

Grocery Store Workers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 15, 2020

This week we want to express a big thank you to many others who keep us going in these difficult times.
This photo shows a grocer store worker in 1917.

Thank you Grocery Store workers!

Sanitation Workers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 14, 2020

This week we want to express a big thank you to many others who keep us going in these difficult times!
This photo shows a City of Minneapolis Sanitation dumptruck (with driver inside) in 1937.
It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection.


Thank you Sanitation Workers!

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