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Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections.



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Deer Call

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:01:09 +0000

A deer call made from wood with a piece of tin tied to it, which would imitate a fawn call. Made by Wolf Chief, Hidatsa, in 1918. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this call in our collections database.



Electric Fetus Mug

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:01:22 +0000

A frosted plastic mug celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Minneapolis record store, The Electric Fetus, in 1988. It features a Soul Asylum illustration on one side. Owned by Karl Mueller, the bassist for Soul Asylum. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this mug in our collections database.



Lock and Key

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:01:09 +0000

A padlock and key that were used the first jail in Hastings, Minnesota, circa 1850. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this padlock in our collections database.



April Birthday

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:01:11 +0000

A photograph of a man celebrating his 44th birthday on 4/4/1944. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our [...]



New Home for IOTD!

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:30:07 +0000

This time has come for a new and improved home for our blog, including the Item of the Day feature. Going forward you will find us here: http://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/itemoftheday Be sure to bookmark it!



Opening Day

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:01:38 +0000

It is opening day for the Minnesota Twins today! Item of the Day presents this triangular pennant from the Minnesota Twins 1965 championship season. In that season the Twins went 102-60 and won the American League. The Twins would go on to lose the World Series to the LA Dodgers and their star pitcher Sandy [...]



Flood

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:01:00 +0000

A photograph of flooding of the Minnesota River as seen from the old iron truss bridge outside Belle Plaine, Minnesota on April 11, 1951. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information [...]



Warren MacKenzie Bowl

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:01:34 +0000

A ten-paneled stoneware bowl made by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater, MN in 1996. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bowl in our collections database.



Gilbert Wilson Collection

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:53:51 +0000

In 1905, Reverend Gilbert L. Wilson, Presbyterian minister and amateur ethnographer, started traveling to North Dakota to work among the tribes who lived at Standing Rock and Fort Berthold. During his travels, Wilson forged relationships with individuals, prompting him to be able to collect items for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). While collecting [...]



Arthur and Ole

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:01:06 +0000

A photograph from 1935 showing Arthur and Ole Lervick lying in the undercut of a 12-foot diameter tree, Washington [county/state?]. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



Old Saloon

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:01:30 +0000

A gouache painting titled “Old Saloon” made by Minnesota artist Cameron Booth in 1933. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this painting in our collections database.



Who should dictate fashion?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:07:22 +0000

The issue of leggings and airlines has really taken off (pun intended, sorry) since two girls wearing leggings weren’t allowed to board a plane home to Minnesota yesterday. This reminds us of what truly objectionable pants are, which we proudly share as today’s item of the day.



Did they win?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:01:20 +0000

A photograph of Bemidji High School basketball fans going crazy during the 1955 State Basketball Tournament. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, [...]



First Ave. Ticket

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:01:24 +0000

An unused ticket for a 1991 Babes in Toyland concert at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this ticket in our collections database.



Anti-Saloon League Button

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:01:24 +0000

A red circular pin-back button distributed by the Anti-Saloon League, circa 1913. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this button in our collections database.



Evening Dress

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:01:32 +0000

A “Delphos” evening dress created by Mariano Fortuny of New York, New York, circa 1930s and worn by Markell Conley Brooks of Saint Paul, Minnesota. It consists of the original box with lid, a rose-colored china silk evening gown with Fortuny pleats and Venetian glass beads, and an orange/rose sash with stenciled design. For more information [...]



Navajo Blanket

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:01:28 +0000

A Navajo “Sunday” saddle blanket collected by Albert Gillette and donated to the Faribault House in Mendota, Minnesota, circa 1956. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this blanket in our collections database.



Two weeks until World War I Daybook launch!

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:24:01 +0000

Our interns and staff have been hard at work, and in two weeks we will launch the World War I Daybook blog. Each day beginning April 1 we will be tracking Minnesota’s involvement in “The Great War” with items from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection, including diaries, letters, artifacts, newspapers, and more. Join us as [...]



Saint Patrick’s Day Button

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:01:45 +0000

A green circular pin-back button from the 1969 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Saint Paul, Minnesota. See more items from our collection here: Saint Patrick’s Day For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this button in our collections database.



Can My Monkey Join Too?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:01:19 +0000

A photograph of a Minneapolis truck driver and his pet monkey hearing about the Seabees from a sailor during WWII. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a [...]



Ken Davis’ Cigar Cutter

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:01:58 +0000

A desktop cigar cutter sold by Nat Sherman and used by Ken Davis, CEO/Founder of Ken Davis Products, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN in the 1980s. Do you remember his barbeque sauces? See more: Ken Davis objects Ken Davis Library Materials For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this cutter in our collections database.



Lunkenheimer Photo

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:01:45 +0000

A carte-de-visite photograph of John Lunkenheimer of St. Paul. He was a State legislator from 1876-1877 and President of the St. Paul Fire Department for five years in the 1870s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



3M tapes

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:01:09 +0000

A small two-sided card providing the specifications and properties of a variety of tapes manufactured by 3M. Probably made in the 1970s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this document in our collections database.



Candy Truck

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:01:18 +0000

A photograph of a dextrose truck parked on a Minneapolis street in July of 1938. The truck advertises candy as a “Delicious Food , Eat Some Every Day!” This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding [...]



Silver Thimble

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:01:22 +0000

A size six (6) silver thimble in its hinged leather case. The inside cover is printed “C.R. BURCH, / Cooperstown, N.Y.”. Made in the 1890s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this thimble in our collections database.



Cornelius Slide Rule

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:01:07 +0000

A plastic slide rule “Pre-Mix Computer” produced and marketed by the Cornelius Company of Minnesota after 1956. The ruler allows the user to set a particular volume of carbon dioxide gas on one side of the ruler, and then relate gauge pressure (measured in pounds per square inch) with beverage temperature (in degrees F). The [...]



B-Ball Autographs

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:01:01 +0000

A circular felt sign printed with a basketball and yellow text reading “GOLDEN GOPHERS / WOMEN’S HOOPS/ 05/06″ below a printed University of Minnesota logo. The sign is autographed in black permanent marker by coaches and players from the 2005-2006 basketball season. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this sign [...]



Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 06:01:01 +0000

An Ojibwe loom-woven and spot-stitched bandolier bag with front pocket. Exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 as part of the Becker County Indian Exhibit and attributed to the “Becker County Indian Industries.” This bandolier bag is shown hanging on the left in a photograph of the “American Indian collection of Mrs. Jessie C. [...]



Stacks of Peas

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:01:13 +0000

A photograph of workmen stacking boxes of Green Giant peas in February, 1940. Interestingly, the company wasn’t named Green Giant until 1950. It took its name from these peas (which were originally called Prince of Wales). This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be [...]



Sled Dog Jacket

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:01:17 +0000

An orange Gore-Tex sled dog jacket used during the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition led by Will Steger of Minnesota. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this jacket in our collections database.



Red Wing

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:01:01 +0000

An 18 inch Fleck Nile Blue Bowl #M1483 designed by Charles Murphy in 1955. Manufactured by Red Wing Potteries, Inc. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bowl in our collections database.



River Scene

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:01:01 +0000

Today is the last day of Black History Month, thus Item of the Day would like to present a newly acquired painting by African-American artist George W. Castone. It is titled “River Scene” and was painted in 1914. He was born in Missouri, but moved to St. Paul and lived there until his death in [...]



Hockey Mask

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:01:45 +0000

A face mask worn by University of Minnesota ice hockey goalie Adam Hauser during the 1998-1999 seasons. The helmet consists of a fiberglass shell with a steel face cage and foam padding held in place by elastic webbing and snaps. The mask has been airbrush painted by Minnesota artist Todd Miska, whose logo [...]



RR Crash

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:01:43 +0000

A nighttime photograph of the scene after a head-on crash between two locomotives in October, 1945. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, [...]



Purity Brewing

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:01:50 +0000

A clear green glass beer bottle from the Purity Brewing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Purity was one of many breweries that went out of business due to Prohibition. Circa the 1910s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bottle in our collections database.



More Cowbell

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:01:48 +0000

A cowbell with bracket attachment for use with drum kit, used by Lester Burwell in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Burwell bought his drum kit secondhand in 1931 and played it in a three-piece band throughout the 1930s, playing in parks, schools, and bars in the Minnesota State Capitol area, where he earned three dollars for two [...]



The Office

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:17 +0000

A stereoview photograph of an office interior, possibly the C.A. Pillsbury Company office in the Windom Block, Second Avenue South and Washington, Minneapolis. 1885. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



RR Warning

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:01:35 +0000

A warning sign from “Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co.” intended to be applied to railroad car doors equipped with charcoal heaters: “WARNING / Poisonous Fumes / HEATED CAR” and additional text printed in red and black ink on yellowish white. Circa 1900-1950. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this [...]



Ping Pong

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:01:05 +0000

A photograph of a sailor and his partner playing table tennis in Minneapolis on December 10, 1942. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this [...]



Survivors

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:01:46 +0000

A woodcut print on paper titled “Survivors”, made by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, probably in the 1980s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this print in our collections database.



1908 Minneapolis Colored Keystones

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:36:38 +0000

February is Black History Month, and to honor the contributions of Black players to the history of Minnesota sports, the Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to feature one of its newest Acquisitions – a 16 x 20 photograph of the Minneapolis Colored Keystones from 1908. At the time, baseball teams were segregated, and the [...]



Schmidt’s Bottle Opener

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:01:29 +0000

A metal bottle opener produced by the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, probably in the 1950s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this opener in our collections database.



Child’s Beaded Coat

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:01:18 +0000

A children’s buckskin coat with beaded floral motifs on the front and back that are backed with newspaper. On the inside of the jacket is a painted figure with long legs and taloned feet holding a pipe in its left hand and a plumed object in its right. There are two types of red cloth [...]



Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:01:37 +0000

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of my favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet , Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now. This photograph shows Worwa’s Bar at 2300 University Ave NE in 1963. This location is still a bar/restaurant, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit. For [...]



Fighting a Fire

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:01:43 +0000

A photograph of a large crowd watching Minneapolis Firefighters battle a huge fire in the milling district in August of 1937. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase [...]



Paisley Shawl

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:01:39 +0000

A machine-woven, rectangular wool shawl used by Mrs. Gernet C. Dodge in the 1860s. The shawl’s bottom edge is fringed and decorated with a paisley motif. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this shawl in our collections database.



Railroad Lantern

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:01:40 +0000

A railroad signal lantern, made of iron and painted black, with three lenses, two blue and one red. Manufactured by the Adams and Westlake Company, Chicago, Illinois, early 20th century. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this lantern in our collections database.



Hand Carved Bowl

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:01:50 +0000

A small hand carved wooden bowl with Anna Persdotter’s initials on underside. Made in the late 19th century. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bowl in our collections database.



Prince Lyrics

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:01:10 +0000

Recently acquired handwritten lyrics to “I Hope We Can Work It Out” written by Prince in 1977. Later that year, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. and he played this song at a private luncheon. While the relationship worked for a time, this is the company Prince eventually had many legal disputes with and [...]



Fighting for the Ball

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:01:10 +0000

A photograph of two basketball players fighting for the ball during a Feb 25, 1948 NBL game between the Minneapolis Lakers and the Anderson (Indiana) Packers. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For [...]



New Library Lobby Display: Rondo and Chinese Immigration

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:55:07 +0000

Why might the Rondo neighborhood and Chinese Immigration be featured together in a Library Lobby display? The History Theater in downtown Saint Paul has two upcoming shows on these topics; we saw it as a chance to highlight what we have and continue telling the stories of all Minnesotans. This world premiere drama is set in [...]



Winter Nurse Uniform

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:01:03 +0000

A United States Cadet Nurse Corp winter uniform from the 1940s which consists of a jacket, skirt, hat and purse, all made of dark gray wool flannel. Jacket has notched lapel collar, button-on shoulder straps, lower front flap pockets, a gray rayon twill lining, and silver Cadet Nurse Corps buttons and insignia. Six-gore skirt with [...]



Tiddle-Tac-Toe Game

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:01:05 +0000

A “Tiddle Tac Toe” game. Cardboard box (A,B) with the playing board (C), two small pieces of green felt (D,E), and 21 small colored plastic disks (F-Z). Circa 1950-70. The game is a combination of tiddlywinks and tic-tac-toe. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this game in our collections database. [...]



Streetcar Bell

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:01:50 +0000

A small brass bell worn on the harness of horses pulling streetcars for the Minneapolis Street Railway Company before 1891. It has a rectangular crown that allows it to be attached to a harness. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bell in our collections database.



MN Postcard

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:01:40 +0000

A postcard from the 1960s showing a map of Minnesota and a fishing scene. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this postcard in our collections database.



March of the Busses

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000

A photograph of Twin City Lines rolling out a fleet of new GM buses in Minneapolis on July 7, 1953. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a [...]



History is Now: Women’s March

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:50:27 +0000

MNHS is collecting material documenting contemporary social activism and we have received many inquiries about the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, which was one of the largest protests in state history. While we can’t preserve everything, we are interested in collecting items and photos. We are aiming to document: Diverse voices Varied reasons for marching Multiple locations [...]



Nylint Truck

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:01:08 +0000

A Ford pickup truck toy with a metal body, rubber wheels and a moveable tailgate. Manufactured by the Nylint Corporation in the 1970s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.



Merganser Decoy

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:01:14 +0000

A Merganser duck decoy carved out of hardwood and painted. The artist is unknown. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this decoy in our collections database.



Schell’s Can

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:01:12 +0000

A can of Schell’s Deer Brew Beer, featuring an image of a stag on the label, manufactured by the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1980. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this can in our collections database.



Self Portrait

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:01:12 +0000

An ink and ink wash on paper by Erle Loran, 1944. Titled “Self Portrait”. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this drawing in our collections database.



A Man and His Donkey

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:01:01 +0000

A photograph of a man and his donkey on the picket line at the KSTP studios on May 19, 1952. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a [...]



Photographer and his Equipment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:01:53 +0000

This 1860 photograph shows the Minnesota photographer Charles Alfred Zimmerman with photo equipment and holding a stereo lens used to make photographs like the one of the Stone Arch Bridge seen here last week. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



A Japanese Ball at the White House, 1877-1881

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:20:18 +0000

This silk satin and brocade reception dress was given to the Society in 1920 as part of several large donations of household goods from the LeDuc family of Hastings, Minnesota. General William Gates LeDuc was a quartermaster in the Civil War and then U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture. He sought his fortune in frontier industries — [...]



Baseball in Blue

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:01:50 +0000

This cyanotype photograph shows spectators crowding the stands for a baseball game at Nicollet Park. Taken around 1900. In case you don’t know, this photograph is called a cyanotype where iron salts are used in place of silver, producing the blue color. This process was most often used to make blueprints. For more information or to purchase [...]



Wing Walkers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:01:47 +0000

This photograph shows flight attendants Burnece Sorby and possibly Olga Loken, on the wing of a Northwest Airlines airplane in 1939. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:01:28 +0000

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of my favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet , Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now. This photograph shows John’s Bar at 2500 Marshall Street in 1953. Today, this location is still a bar, Tony Jaros’ River [...]



Salt ‘n’ Sand

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000

A photograph of a City of Minneapolis workman spreading salt and sand on the Hennepin Ave bridge on November 15, 1956. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase [...]



Memorial Quilt

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:01:01 +0000

A memorial quilt made for Margaret Hill, member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in 2009. The quilt was created by two of her students, Jackie Anderson and Cecelia Olson. The rectangular machine-quilted quilt includes 15 color photo-transferred images showing Hill either teaching or working on basketry and beadwork projects and also illustrating her [...]



Rolling Pin

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:01:08 +0000

A ribbed rolling pin with paper label, made in Newfolden, Minnesota, and retailed at Ingebretsen’s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this rolling pin in our collections database.



Stone Arch Bridge Construction

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:01:44 +0000

An 1883 stereoview photograph showing the Stone Arch Bridge under construction in Minneapolis. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



Hauenstein Bottle

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:01:29 +0000

A glass half-gallon beer bottle from John Hauenstein Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1934-1969. The bottle has a trademark on the silkscreened paper label and the glass factory’s markings on the base. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bottle in our collections database.



Motorbike

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000

A photograph of two women riding a motorized bicycle on a warm January day in 1942. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, [...]



Minnesota Pattern

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:01:42 +0000

A clear glass “Minnesota” or “Muchness” pattern open flared compote (footed shallow dish) produced by the United States Glass Company, circa 1898-1904, as a part of their “States” series of glassware patterns. The compote’s decorative pattern includes a repeated eight-point “Star of the North” motif as well as round lumps representing lakes and triangular crosshatching [...]



Radiophone

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:01:29 +0000

A radiophone in high impact plastic casing with telephone receiver fitted into handle on top. Manufactured by Motorola, Inc., Chicago, Illinois and used by The Soo Line railroad in the 1960s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this phone in our collections database.



State Capitol Construction Album

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:01:02 +0000

Join us in celebrating the re-opening of the Minnesota State Capitol building today, January 3, 2017! After 3 years of restoration, renovation and technical updates the building is finally open to the public. Please visit the capitol website for more information on tours. In honor of this occasion, the Item of the Day presents the [...]



Rochester Postcard

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:01:34 +0000

A postcard from the 1930s that states, “Greetings from Rochester, Minn.” For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this postcard in our collections database.



Visualize the Shot

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:01:42 +0000

A photograph of the 1938 Hamline University basketball team contemplating the basket. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in [...]



The Pierces

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 06:01:49 +0000

A quarter plate daguerreotype showing Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Pierce, taken in the 1850s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



Seven Seas

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:01:48 +0000

A clear, ribbed glass, pint-sized Seven Seas dandruff shampoo bottle. The bottle has a paper label on the front describing the product, its properties, uses and ingredients. Seven Seas shampoo was produced by Rayette, Incorporated, a cosmetic supply and equipment company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1950s. For more information or to purchase a [...]



Wine Helper

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:01:33 +0000

A promotional item from Target consisting of two concentric paper discs, used for pairing wines with food items sold at Target. The outer disc lists 8 types of wine, the inner disc 8 food items. Inner disc is rotated to pair a food item with a wine, and a rating for that paring is revealed [...]



Post-It

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:01:38 +0000

A portrait of 3M employee Arthur Fry inspecting his invention, the Post-it note. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.



Ferret Christmas

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:01:39 +0000

A rectangular paper holiday card from the Domestic European Ferret Fanciers and Breeders Association of Minnesota, located in Saint Paul. It features a color photograph of four ferrets with a Christmas tree, stocking and snowman basket. Printed in 1991. Have a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Boxing Day! For more information or to purchase a photograph [...]



Bill on the Ice

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:01:27 +0000

A photograph of a man, possibly named Bill, out ice-fishing with his home made shelter on January 26, 1948. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information or to purchase a photograph [...]



Beer Mat

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:01:41 +0000

A red, green and black rubberized fabric placemat advertising Schmidt’s City Club Beer, with an image of the Schmidt Brewery of Saint Paul, Minnesota, circa 1940. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this mat in our collections database.



Ceramic Sculpture

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:01:04 +0000

An incised ceramic sculpture titled “Relationship” made by Dan and Lee Ross of Hovland, Minnesota, circa 2000. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this sculpture in our collections database.



Pillsbury Needle Case

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:01:23 +0000

A souvenir needle case produced by the Pillsbury Company for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Missouri, 1904. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this case in our collections database.



Minnesota Dressmakers Resource

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:29:47 +0000

Visually stunning women’s formal wear is a highlight of the MNHS costume collection.   Minnesota Dressmakers:  The Business of Dressmaking is expanded research about costume in the MNHS collection dating between 1880-1920. About 100 garments are identified by the label of the dressmaker’s business sewn into the garment and represent 25 different prominent businesses operating in [...]



Army Glider

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:01:09 +0000

A photograph of a Northwestern Aeronautical spokesman showing off the MN made US Army CG-4A Transport Glider at an April, 1943 show in Minneapolis. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information [...]



3M Lint Removers

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:01:57 +0000

A package of six Scotch brand lint remover pads, made by the 3M Company in the 1960s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these lint removers in our collections database.



Space Race

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:01:51 +0000

A “Satellite Space Race” card game in original box made by Ed-U-Cards Manufacturing Corporation of Long Island City, New York. circa 1957-1965. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this game in our collections database.



A Close Call

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:09:39 +0000

The Civil War is chock-full of tales of tragedy narrowly averted, often in the form of a bullet being stopped by a bible residing in the chest pocket of some fortunate soldier.  However, such occurrences aren’t always accompanied by documentation to substantiate their authenticity, making this sword belt worn by Lt. William Paist of the [...]



Breakfast

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:01:56 +0000

A postcard showing a group of men eating breakfast(?) in the cook shack in a logging camp near Bemidji in 1908. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this postcard in our collections database.



Remembering Miles Lord

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:40:15 +0000

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Miles Lord last Saturday. He was born on the Iron Range and became a towering legal figure in Minnesota and the nation. Prior to being appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, he [...]



Beaded Gloves

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:01:54 +0000

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these gloves in our collections database.



The Tall and Short of it

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:01:52 +0000

A photograph of a tall high jumper standing next to a short judge at a May 1937 track meet at the University of Minnesota. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here. For more information [...]



Lawn Tennis Trophy

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:01:57 +0000

A sterling silver trophy from the 1907 Minnesota State Lawn Tennis Championship for women’s doubles, won by Marguerite Davis. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this trophy in our collections database.



Twins Socks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:01:53 +0000

A pair of Minnesota Twins uniform stirrups. Navy blue machine knit with appliquéd Twins logo of a white “T” over a red “C”. Circa the late 1970s or early 1980s. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these socks in our collections database.



Kicks Shorts

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:01:45 +0000

A pair of orange shorts worn by a member of the Minnesota Kicks soccer team, printed with the number ‘12′. These could have been worn by Ricardo Alonso, Charlie George or Peter Short. 1976-1981. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these shorts in our collections database.



Vikes Jersey

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:01:40 +0000

A home jersey worn by Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter during the 1995 season. Carter played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1990 to 2001 and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2013. For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this jersey in our collections database.