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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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Conoco Touraide

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

The Jaglowski family lived in Hibbing  and wanted to take a car camping trip to Glacier and Yellowstone Parks. Having a membership in the Conoco Travel Club allowed the Jaglowskis to request Conoco’s Travel Bureau to create a “Touraide,” an itinerary that included every piece of information they would need along the way, including location of Conoco gas stations!
This was created and used in 1936.

Road Trip Book

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 30, 2022

How can we talk about road trips without mentioning a guide to them?
This book is Country roads of Minnesota: drives, day trips, and weekend excursions. 
It was written by Martin Hintz and published in 1999.

Stop in Minneapolis

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

The joy of being on the road!
This photograph shows two women traveling by automobile at a stop over in Minneapolis, 1924.

Northeastern Minnesota

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

Continuing our road trip theme, this is a map of the Minnesota Arrowhead found in the middle of a tourism pamphlet from 1962.
We love the tag line at the top: "Where every season has a reason."

Research Surprise!

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

The theme for this week’s Item of the Day is Road Trips!

We start with the joy and surprise that can happen while doing research. 

While looking for road trip-related items, we came across a map between Ely and Tower in the catalog. But upon consulting it, it turns out to be a canoe map between the two points! It shows details of trails and portages, published before 1938.

It is indeed a road map, just a different road than expected.


Happy Pride!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 24, 2022

To celebrate the Pride Festival this weekend, we want to share this amazing map made by our friends as TC Pride with help from people all over the Twin Cities.
Click on the image to see more and enjoy!


By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 23, 2022

This fine press artist book in our collection was created in 2017 by C.B. Sherlock at her Seymour Press.

It contains the entire script of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare along with beautiful images of intersecting fairies, trees, and insects. The binding encircles a tree branch collected by the artist.

We think Shakespeare would approve.


By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 21, 2022

How can we not be thinking about swimming constantly?
This photo shows people enjoying the water in 1940. It was taken by Kenneth Melvin Wright.

Happy Juneteenth!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 20, 2022

Happy Juneteenth observed!
Learn more about this holiday in three short videos from our "Black History, Black Voices" series. These can be found by clicking on the image above.

Vegetable Market

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 17, 2022

This lithograph print from 1940 is titled "Vegetable Market." It shows a street scene of a grocer and five shoppers in front of a market; on the sidewalk are baskets of carrots, tomatoes, and other produce. 
It was created by Dorothea Lau as part of the WPA art project.