Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways.
The Minnesota Historical Society is part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.
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05/08/2020
James J. Hill House

Check out this amazing video from the James J. Hill House! Learn about this historical house by the numbers.

Learn about the James J. Hill House 'by the numbers.' #MNHSHistoryAtHome #JamesJHillHouse

This painted and ornamented cardboard sign was created by  Maurice Carlton in the late 1970s. He used it to photograph c...
05/08/2020

This painted and ornamented cardboard sign was created by Maurice Carlton in the late 1970s. He used it to photograph children with their faces showing through the opening at the Inner City Youth League in Saint Paul for Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother's Day to all this Sunday!

05/08/2020
Item of the Week: Offbeat Animals

What do a baby squirrel and two llamas pulling a buggy have in common? They're part of this week's socially-distant edition of #ItemOfTheWeek. Join Lori and Sondra and their special guest Jennifer Huebscher, MNHS curator of photography and moving images, for another peek at collections items related to our furry friends. #MNHSHistoryAtHome #MuseumsAtHome

From MNopedia: Harry Shepherd, an African American photographer who lived and worked in St. Paul between 1880 and 1905, ...
05/07/2020

From MNopedia: Harry Shepherd, an African American photographer who lived and worked in St. Paul between 1880 and 1905, became one of the most successful photographers in the city. Shepherd’s work earned awards and an opportunity to provide photographs for the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Politically active, he took part in the National Afro American Council (NAAC), and ran for Fourth Ward alderman in 1902. Image: Harry Shepherd, from The Appeal, August 18, 1906.
https://www.mnopedia.org/person/shepherd-harry-ca-1854 U of M African American and African Studies

Racial persecution has a long history in America, north and south. Next month will mark 100 years since a white mob lync...
05/07/2020
https://www.mnhs.org

Racial persecution has a long history in America, north and south. Next month will mark 100 years since a white mob lynched three young African American men in Duluth. In light of recent news stories about the death of Ahmaud Arbery and his family's fight for justice in Georgia, the history of the Duluth lynchings takes on added resonance. Read about the murders of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie on June 15, 1920, and the impact their lynching had in Minnesota: https://www.mnhs.org/duluthlynchings/.

Resources related to the tragic events surrounding the Duluth Lynchings of June 15, 1920.

This traditional Hmong children's hat was displayed at Hmong Handwork in Saint Paul by vendor Yao Lao between 1981 - 198...
05/07/2020

This traditional Hmong children's hat was displayed at Hmong Handwork in Saint Paul by vendor Yao Lao between 1981 - 1989.
I love the addition of a pom-pom on top!
#curatorbattle #besthat

05/06/2020
Native American Artist-in-Residence: Cole Redhorse Jacobson

May is #AmericanIndianMonth in Minnesota and today beadwork and visual artist Cole Redhorse Jacobson shares his experiences as a Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) at the Minnesota Historical Society. NAAIR artists study collections items to better understand their respective art forms and then share their knowledge with the community. #MNHSHistoryAtHome #HistoryFromHome

Join us TONIGHT at 7 pm for a live chat with Chistopher P. Lehman, author of "Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in ...
05/06/2020

Join us TONIGHT at 7 pm for a live chat with Chistopher P. Lehman, author of "Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State" which recently won the Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota Nonfiction. http://www.mnhs.org/event/8476

The book examines how a set of mutually beneficial relationships between southern slaveholders and Minnesotans kept the men and women whose labor generated the wealth enslaved.

Today's item of the day is an artwork in our Collection called "The Hunter" by Birney Quick, along with a short piece ab...
05/06/2020

Today's item of the day is an artwork in our Collection called "The Hunter" by Birney Quick, along with a short piece about the work and the experience of being an intern at MNHS.
Read the story here!
http://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/11950

From MNopedia: By the late 1950s Minnesota’s legislative districts—last configured in 1913—had become alarmingly imbalan...
05/05/2020

From MNopedia: By the late 1950s Minnesota’s legislative districts—last configured in 1913—had become alarmingly imbalanced. Though the state constitution required the districts to be drawn “in proportion to population,” the populations of House districts ranged from 7,290 residents to 107,246, and Senate districts from 16,878 to 153,455. It would take fourteen years, three federal lawsuits, three special sessions of the legislature, three governor’s vetoes, one trip to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and one to the US Supreme Court to fix the problem, and then temporarily. Twenty years and one more governor’s veto later, the US Supreme Court intervened again. Images: Minnesota Historical Society.
https://www.mnopedia.org/event/legislative-redistricting-1959-1993

This week's challenge from the Yorkshire Museum is to share the best hat in our Collection. I don't know if this is the ...
05/05/2020

This week's challenge from the Yorkshire Museum is to share the best hat in our Collection. I don't know if this is the best, because we have so many good ones, but it's pretty great.
It's a women's oversized hat with high crown and feathers adorning the front worn by Mabel Kellogg of Saint Paul, circa 1905.
#curatorbattle #besthat

Congratulations to Minnesota State History Day winners and to all young History Day scholars for your hard work and the ...
05/04/2020
State History Day | National History Day In Minnesota

Congratulations to Minnesota State History Day winners and to all young History Day scholars for your hard work and the many barriers you broke--especially this year--along the way. Visit https://bit.ly/3fkwUaw to see final results from Virtual State History Day 2020!

Virtual State History Day 2020 All Category Results Topical Prize and Teacher Awards Re-watch the Awards Ceremony here S ave the Date! State History Day 2021 is slated for Saturday, May 1, 2021! VIRTUAL TIMELINE April 24 April 27 May 1, 7 pm May 3, 7 pm...

05/04/2020
Secrets of the Loon

Tune in at 3 pm on Monday for the chance to win one of three author-signed copies of "Secrets of the Loon"! The first three people to correctly answer all of the True or False statements in the chat will win a copy. (Continental US addresses, only)

On this day, May 4th of 1863, 1,300 Dakota people (primarily women, children, and elders), non-combatants of the 1862 Da...
05/04/2020

On this day, May 4th of 1863, 1,300 Dakota people (primarily women, children, and elders), non-combatants of the 1862 Dakota War, were forcefully loaded onto steamboats, and removed from Minnesota to the Crow Creek reservation, in the South Eastern Dakota territory of South Dakota. Avis Charley is a Dakota (Spirit Lake) and Diné artist. This painting, done in the style of ledger art, depicts two women and a child on horseback over the state of South Dakota. Charley states, "...The women represent different generations and the virtues of our Dakota values. These values are courage, honesty, perseverance, and generosity and the message will be about healing, moving forward, and empowering ourselves as Dakota women despite the trauma in our history."

05/01/2020
Item of the Week: Cats and Dogs

Who doesn't love a cat lounging in a doll bed? Or a dog wearing a hat and glasses? In this socially-distant edition of #ItemOfTheWeek, Lori and Sondra welcome Jennifer Huebscher, MNHS curator of photography and moving images, for a fun look at collections items related to our furry friends. #MNHSHistoryAtHome, #MuseumsAtHome

05/01/2020
Goodbye to the Bachelor Farmer

Our heart goes out to the staff of the Bachelor Farmer and all restaurant workers struggling right now. COVID-19 is forcing the Bachelor Farmer to close for good. This video, produced a few years ago as part of our Storied series on diverse farming in the Twin Cities, shows the Bachelor Farmer's beautiful rooftop garden and visits with staff whose work will surely be missed.
#MNHSHistoryAtHome

Be sure to take a virtual visit to the current exhibit at the James J. Hill House, "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Fore...
05/01/2020

Be sure to take a virtual visit to the current exhibit at the James J. Hill House, "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity."
It's a great day for some nature and botanical art. Enjoy!
Find it here: http://www.mnhs.org/hillhouse/activities/exhibits/current

You can’t talk about sassy without mentioning Minnesota drag queen Zena Severe! MNHS has several items used by Zena, but...
05/01/2020

You can’t talk about sassy without mentioning Minnesota drag queen Zena Severe! MNHS has several items used by Zena, but these pumps are probably the sassiest!
#curatorbattle #sassiestobject

From MNopedia: The demand for American ginseng (panax quinquefolius), which grew abundantly in the “Big Woods,” reached ...
04/30/2020

From MNopedia: The demand for American ginseng (panax quinquefolius), which grew abundantly in the “Big Woods,” reached its peak in 1859. Following a nationwide economic panic in 1857, and near crop failure for Rice County in 1858, many locals found themselves in dire circumstances. Enticed by ginseng’s profitability and local abundance, settler-colonists were quickly overcome by “ginseng fever,” which led many to dig up as much of the aromatic green root as they could. However, it was not long before excessive exploitation depleted easily accessed ginseng and the rising grain market encouraged farmers to work the land again. Image: Wikimedia Common. https://www.mnopedia.org/thing/ginseng-boom-rice-county-1858-1859 Rice County Historical Society

This week's challenge from the Yorkshire Museum to the world-wide museum community is to post the "sassiest" item from t...
04/30/2020

This week's challenge from the Yorkshire Museum to the world-wide museum community is to post the "sassiest" item from their collection.
I'm not sure that this is the sassiest, but it is definitely sassy. It is the cover of the short-lived Betty Crocker magazine called "Sphere" from February, 1973.
#curatorbattle #sassiestobject

04/29/2020
Native American Artist-in-Residence: April Stone

Black ash basket weaver April Stone shares her experiences as a Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) at the Minnesota Historical Society. NAAIR artists study collections items to better understand their respective art forms and then share their knowledge with the community.

This gown is a real show-stopper. It’s got everything: elegance, texture, and it happens to be one of the biggest myster...
04/29/2020

This gown is a real show-stopper. It’s got everything: elegance, texture, and it happens to be one of the biggest mysteries in the history of the Minnesota Historical Society collections.
Follow this link to learn more!
http://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/11932

From MNopedia: Carl Thomas Rowan was a prominent American journalist, author, and government official. A liberal comment...
04/28/2020

From MNopedia: Carl Thomas Rowan was a prominent American journalist, author, and government official. A liberal commentator and champion for civil rights, Rowan published books and a variety of news columns syndicated across the US. He was one of the first commissioned black officers in the US Navy, and became the highest-ranking black government official of his time. Images: Carl Rowan, shared by CC BY-NC-ND-2.0 license; book cover from MNHS library collections. Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery https://www.mnopedia.org/person/rowan-carl-thomas-1925-2000

Recently there appeared a news article about how a visit by researchers to an iron lung in a museum's collection helped ...
04/28/2020

Recently there appeared a news article about how a visit by researchers to an iron lung in a museum's collection helped them think about ventilators in a new way.
This is our juvenile size iron lung used at Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, to treat victims of polio. 1953.

News article is here:
https://bit.ly/2VElFSF

04/27/2020
"Minnesota Bug Hunt" with Bruce Giebink

Join Bruce the Bug Guy on a Minnesota Bug Hunt for the most interesting insects in the state—through the forest, across the prairie, and even in your own backyard.

04/27/2020
MN History Day 2020 Lives On

COVID-19 is not stopping Minnesota History Day! Instead, MN History Day is making its own history with a virtual state competition and a virtual awards ceremony this Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m., streamed on Facebook. Watch the video below for more information. We are so proud to be able to continue this journey with History Day students this year! #MNHSHistoryAtHome #NationalHistoryDay

We want in!! #curatorbattle #creepiestobjectThe Minnesota Historical Society has a lot of creepy objects that we will sh...
04/27/2020

We want in!! #curatorbattle #creepiestobject
The Minnesota Historical Society has a lot of creepy objects that we will showcase over the next couple days, but let’s start with our marionette. It’s cursed! According to the donor, this marionette was responsible for accidents, disease and death wherever it went, but when MNHS tried to reach out to him for more information, he was nowhere to be found…
Since this is a Battle, we challenge our friends at Anoka County Historical Society. What creepiness do you have?

04/24/2020
Item of the Week: High Demand Home Products

Who knew toilet paper would suddenly become such a hot commodity? In this socially-distant edition of #ItemOfTheWeek, Lori Williamson, Collections Outreach Coordinator for MNHS, and Sondra Reierson, 3d Objects Curator for MNHS, feature collections items people are currently clamoring for.
#MNHSHistoryAtHome #MuseumsFromHome #MNHSCollections #WorkingFromHome #History

This photo shows a group doing a book-binding project together at Phyllis Wheatley House in Minneapolis, 1936.Hopefully ...
04/24/2020

This photo shows a group doing a book-binding project together at Phyllis Wheatley House in Minneapolis, 1936.
Hopefully soon we will be able to enjoy books together in a variety of ways!

We are living in a historic moment. The Minnesota Historical Society is collecting and preserving Minnesotans’ stories r...
04/23/2020

We are living in a historic moment. The Minnesota Historical Society is collecting and preserving Minnesotans’ stories related to the COVID-19 health crisis so future generations can learn how the pandemic has impacted our lives. We invite you to read a sampling of these stories here and to share your story by clicking the link http://www.mnhs.org/blog/historyisnow. #HistoryIsNow

From MNopedia: James Warren Northrup was an award-winning Ojibwe author, columnist, playwright, poet, performer, politic...
04/23/2020

From MNopedia: James Warren Northrup was an award-winning Ojibwe author, columnist, playwright, poet, performer, political commentator, and Vietnam War veteran. He wrote extensively on combat life as a marine in the Vietnam War as well as daily life on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. The combination of these topics gives his works broad crossover appeal. Image: © Ivy Vainio. All rights reserved. https://www.mnopedia.org/person/northrup-james-warren-1943-2016 Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Does any one else find themselves hoarding notebooks? Thinking "I need to save this one for something special..." or is ...
04/23/2020

Does any one else find themselves hoarding notebooks? Thinking "I need to save this one for something special..." or is this just me?
Anyhow, I love blank notebooks; they hold such potential.
Today's book is a promotional notebook given out by Bay State Milling Company in Winona, 1910.

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I thought id share my Edwin Nooleen original of the stone arc bridge in Dayton. Was hoping to date this piece!
Where are the videos of past forum lectures? Can’t find ....
Im scrapbooking ancestors in a fun way. Thank you for making it possible to understand the roots.
Calandar
I'm originally from Redwing Minnesota. I have a large calandar Brown & Bigelow 1958 3×5. Title bountiful harvest. My relative ole Larson painted the animals on the calandar. I've been trying to find It on Google no luck. I would appreciate any help Thank you mitchell Brelsford 17072170739 [email protected] My mother's name was lucritia oshaunesy father Clark Brelsford Everybody worked at Redwing Shoe
Trying to get on Curt Brown's "live" conversation.....???!!!???
Can you please tell me if this historical marker still exists and, if yes, exactly where it is located? Thank you.
What did the State Fair do in 1919 to prevent the spread of influenza during that pandemic?
Wanted wish everyone a Happy Easter! I found my roasting pan and am going to use it to bake my ham in the oven. It is a Foley Roasting Pan from the Foley Manufacturing Company, of Minneapolis. My Grandmother, Elizabeth Zdon used to work there. I have several other Foley Baking ware and utensils from that same factory also.
VIDEO: 1st Minnesota, exclusively at Gettysburg Lessons
Please add virtual author talks and others as Facebook events on this site. Helpful to remember the dates and listen. Thanks.
We're doing our part to preserve Minnesotan history! Keep it up MHS.