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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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More hiking!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2022

When thinking about hiking, we found so many good photos we had to share another.
This is of three women in hiking clothes posed for a photograph in 1930.
More great shots of hiking over the years can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2n7p337m

Trans Awareness Week

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2022

This week is Trans Awareness Week. As the Human Rights Campaign says, "While most of the discussion of trans folks online can often be centered on negativity, Trans Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to uplift positive stories of trans people across the country." 

In a similar spirit, we share this book in our collection, The Trans self-care workbook: a coloring book and journal for trans and non-binary people. It was created by local artist Theo Nicole Lorenz and published in 2021.

Take a Hike!

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

Today is National Take a Hike Day! 
Hiking has long been a favorite activity of Minnesotans.
This pair of women's leather hiking boots is from 1945. 

Pie

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 16, 2022

Some of us are already looking forward to next week's pie.
Are you a pumpkin, apple, or other pie person?
This plastic Poppin' Fresh pie server was made in 1992.
 

Member Badge

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 15, 2022

The Minnesota Historical Society was formerly organized on this date in 1849.
This Commemorative white silk "Member Badge" ribbon is from the cornerstone laying celebration at Minnesota Historical Society Hall, 1856. 

 

Winter Sport

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 14, 2022

We love the name of this print, showing a person using a snowblower: "Winter Sport."
Too soon?
It was made in 1977 - 78 by Gary Eggers.

Be safe out there!

Veterans Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 11, 2022

This photo shows an Armistice Day parade at Lyndale and Forty-Second Avenue North, Camden Neighborhood, Minneapolis in 11/11/1935.
Armistice Day turned into Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all Veterans, not just those of World War I.
Thank you, Veterans, and those who love them.
And don't miss our guide on how to start military records research, available here: https://libguides.mnhs.org/milservice
 

Two Harbors Lighthouse

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 10, 2022

Today, November 10, is the anniversary of the sinking of the Edward Fitzgerald.
In remembrance of that we feature this early Lake Superior lighthouse, which is in Two Harbors. 
The photo is from 1893; the lighthouse opened in 1892.
The oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior is Whitefish Point Light Station in Michigan. It is located 15 miles from where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down.

2022 International Day of Non-Violence

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

The International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated on Gandhi's birthday, October 2. Join us here at the History Center to celebrate it!
https://iamn.org/our-events/2022-events/non-violence-day-2022
This button featuring an image of Mahatma Gandhi was used between 1970 - 1988.

Football Season

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 29, 2022
University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States, 1887

This photos is of the University of Minnesota Football team in 1887.

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