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.
Over the years the Minnesota Historical Society has collected the sheet music that documents Minnesota's musical heritage. This month sees the publication of a new sheet music finding aid; two others were published over the summer. Many of the pieces of music in these collections have been digitized and can be viewed from their finding aids.
Do you feel like singing a rousing chorus of Rah! Rah! Ski-u-mah! for the University of Minnesota football team, cutting a rug with the Minnesota Cadet Lancers , or calling the steps for the Minnesota Shake-Down?
Or browse through all three finding aids for a tuneful reminder of Minnesota's past at:
Collection of Songs and Music about Minnesota Places, Institutions, Businesses, and Themes
Collection of Songs and Music by Minnesota Composers
Collection of Songs and Music by Minnesota Women Composers
The digitization of this portion of the Minnesota Sheet Music Collection was funded in part by a grant from the Bean Family Fund for Business History.
Sarah Quimby, Library Processing Manager
This bicycle wheel, fork and metal bar were attached to Will Steger's sled during his historic crossing of Antarctica on foot in 1989-90. A mileage counter was attached to the hub and by the end of the trek it read 3471 miles! See photos of it in action on Steger's website.
This "Police Line Do Not Cross" tape was picked up at a protest against the construction of a new portion of Highway 55, otherwise named Hiawatha Avenue, in Minneapolis. The protests over the expansion of Highway 55 came to a head on December 20, 1998. After a four month occupation of a group of homes slated for demolition by activists known as the Minnehaha Free State, Governor Arne Carlson authorized a raid on the encampment, known as "Operation Cold Snap," which involved more than 600 police officers. The protesters were removed and the site was leveled. Protests continued throughout 1999.
Fallout shelter water storage can: a 17 ½ gallon barrel issued by the Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, to be used primarily for storing drinking water. Instructions in yellow on this cylindrical olive green steel barrel explain not only how to properly store drinking water, but how to convert the barrel to a commode if needed. Manufactured by the Malleable Iron Range Company, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, 1963.
Reposted from November 19, 2008
Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman explains the complicated events that led to the 1963 recount. A variety of film from the KSTP-TV Archive shows us the players in this newly relevant drama including Elmer Andersen, Karl Rolvaag, the voters, the judges and vote-counters, and even JFK.
For Minnesota news outlets to rebroadcast any of this footage, the Minnesota Historical Society must be credited as well as an on-screen synchronous credit reading ‘KSTP-TV ARCHIVE’. This credit must appear on-screen, at the same time as the news film for a minimum of five seconds and be of such font style and size that it is easily legible to a reasonable viewer of the news film.
To learn more, see Patrick Coleman's article "No, this isn't an opportunity to steal an election," Saint Paul Pioneer Press, November 19, 2008.
See also the Governors of Minnesota homepage.
Gobbles, the Official Publication of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.
Top left: "M-M-M dis toikey's good" May, 1966.
Top right: "Our turkey exhibit at the state fair" August, 1966.
Bottom left: "Thanksgiving through the ages" November, 1966.
Bottom right: "Senator Mondale barbecues turkey" September, 1967.