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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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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 6, 2021

Yesterday was National Bobblehead Day - a time to celebrate all things with spring-connected heads!
While bobbleheads have existed for about 100 years in various forms, the bulk of our collection comes from earlier this century. Most are sports-related, largely featuring Twins and Minnesota Gopher Women’s Basketball teams.

This is where they live in climate-control storage, their heads gently bobbing in unison when the doors are opened.