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.
This painting by Birney Quick of the Lake Superior Shoreline was done in 1956.
We know it's been hot lately, but at least we haven't been driven to this yet!
This photo shows people sleeping outside in St. Paul parks to avoid the heat in 1936.
On this day, June 15, 1920, police arrested several young black men accused of raping a white woman. That evening, three of them – Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie – were taken from jail by a mob and lynched. Learn more about the tragedy here.
Who doesn't want to swim these days!
This photo show people swimming at Fair Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, ca. 1930.
Finally, we can travel again!
This Arrowhead Country tourism brochure is from 1926. It forms part of “Pamphlets relating to the Arrowhead Region in Minnesota, 1909–” collection.
Perhaps a trip up north is in your future? If so be sure to stop by Split Rock Lighthouse!
Today is singer and actress Judy Garland's birthday.
She was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 1922.
This is photo is of Frances Ethel "Baby" Gumm (Judy Garland) with her sisters Mary Jane "Suzy" and Dorothy Virginia "Jimmie" at Grand Rapids, 1927.
MNHS Members and Volunteers will enjoy double discount days in the museum stores, both physically and online, June 9 - 13!
This photograph shows the opening of Spartan Discount Store in Roseville, 1961.
On June 7 in 1987, August Wilson's play "Fences" won four Tony Awards, including one for best play.
This copy of "Three Plays" by August Wilson contains "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." It was published in 1991.
Today is Prince's birthday; he would have been 63 years old.
This photo taken by Jeff Katz in 1985.