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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 Lighthouse Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 5, 2022

This coming Sunday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day.
To recognize that we share this United States Light House Service uniform hat, worn by Orren Young, the first head light keeper at Split Rock Light Station.
The wool flannel hat has a lighthouse badge, an oilcloth visor, and a patent leather chin strap. It was made by D. Klein and Brothers in Philadelphia and used between 1910-1928.

Minnehaha Map

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

 This is a map of from our collection of Minnehaha Park, showing land for sale by the Minnehaha Park Syndicate in 1891.

Mississippi Steamboats

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

This carte-de-viste shows a gathering of steamboats on the Mississippi in 1865.
It forms part of Views of Dakota, Ojibway and Winnebago Indians and other early Minnesota views, Reserve Album 58, from Whitney’s Gallery.
 

Equality Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 2, 2022

This button from our collection is dated 1984.

35W Bridge Plans

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 1, 2022

On this date fifteen years ago the 35W Bridge collapsed. 
In remembrance of that, today we share one of the original bridge plan from our collection. This is just one in a series of over 90 sheets relating to this bridge.
Learn more about the 35W Bridge in this MNopedia article.

https://www.mnopedia.org/event/i-35w-bridge-collapse
 

Castone Painting

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 29, 2022

These are the last days of our fantastic "Art Speaks" exhibit! It closes July 31!


On view is this painting is called "River Scene." It is an oil on canvas by George Castone, 1914. 
Born in Missouri, George William Castone was the son of a formerly enslaved woman. In 1911, after years working as a butler in Evanston, Illinois, Castone moved to St. Paul with his wife and four children. He took up painting and worked as a waiter at the Ryan Hotel. He was nine days short of his 100th birthday when he died.
 

Post #5

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 28, 2022

These are the last days of our fantastic "Art Speaks" exhibit! It closes July 31!

On view is this fantastic photograph by Xavier Tavera from his series titled "Post #5", 2012-2015.

It features Lorenzo Rangel wearing a veterans overseas cap and rolling up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo. 

10,000 Lakes Pamphlet

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 27, 2022

This adorable little pamphlet was printed in 1925 by the Ten Thousand Lakes of Minnesota Association. 
It served dual purposes in promoting Minnesota both to tourists and business people. 

Parasol

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 26, 2022

With all the heat and sun of late we found ourselves wondering: will parasols make a come back?
This photo, taken by C.J. Hibbard, shows Mrs. Courtenay with a parasol in the garden, 1921.

Tony Oliva!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 25, 2022

Yesterday Tony Oliva was (finally!) inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Here we share a few items from our collection relating to his amazing career, including a book he wrote in 1973; a photo of him in his Twins uniform in the 1960s; and a bobblehead of him from 2000.
Congratulations and well-deserved, Tony O!

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