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Map of "Western Part, 1788"

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

This map is titled "Les états unis de l'Amérique septentrionale: partie occidentale" which translates to "The United States of North America: Western part."
It was created by Rijobert Bonne in 1788, and shows the interior of the country as contiguous parts of the state directly from the eastern seaboard. 

Quinceañera

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 22, 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of the United States.
This is a hand-cut and decorated Styrofoam quinceañera decoration. A Quinceañera is celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, widely celebrated by girls throughout Hispanic America.
The decoration was cut with a hot knife to include the silhouette of a crescent moon, a young woman in profile, and other floral and leaf-shaped motifs. The decoration was sold by the artist at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, circa 1999.

Guitar Pick

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

This plastic "Suicide Commandos" guitar pick was used by Chris Osgood between 1974 - 1979.
Osgood co-founded the band The Suicide Commandos in Minneapolis with himself as guitarist, Steve Almaas as bassist, and Dave Ahl as drummer. The band produced two albums in its short history (1975-1980), but helped establish a punk and alternative rock music scene in Minneapolis influencing other bands, such as the Suburbs, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Soul Asylum.
Learn more about him here: http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01438.xml

National Voter Registration Day!

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

Today, September 20, is National Voter Registration Day!
Be sure to register to keep up Minnesota's reputation for amazing voter turn out!
In honor of the day we are sharing this short video about voter instructions in many language then and now.
Click the image to play!

Men's Jacket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 19, 2022

This men's blue suit jacket was worn by John Nasseff of Saint Paul. It features an abstract pattern, similar to a paisley pattern, and dark blue velvet trim. 
It was used between 1980 and 2018.

Justice Warren Burger

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

Tomorrow, September 17, is Justice Warren Burger’s birthday.
In 1969 Burger took the oath as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed by President Richard Nixon, Burger replaced retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren to become the fifteenth person to hold that post.
Warren Earl Burger was born in St. Paul on September 17, 1907.
Learn more about him here: https://libguides.mnhs.org/burger
 

Sandra Benitez Book

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

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of the United States.
Today we are highlighting novelist Sandra Benitez, who won the American Book Award in 1998 for her book "Bitter Grounds." 
Learn more about her here:
https://bit.ly/3S97b7J

Pat Bellanger

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

Pat Bellanger was an Ojibwe activist and cofounder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who spent over fifty years fighting for Indigenous rights on a national and local level.
Learn more about her in this new MNopedia article!
https://www.mnopedia.org/person/bellanger-pat-1943-2015
 

Remembering Petronella Janneke Ytsma

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 13, 2022

Petronella Janneke Ytsma was an emigrant from Netherlands after the devastation of World War II. She moved to Minneapolis to pursue photography, eventually traveling to Vietnam to document the cross-generational effects of Agent Orange. 
Sadly, Ytsma recently passed away. Learn more about her work and experiences through her oral history, which can be found here:
https://bit.ly/3xcoI6O

1581 Ortelius Map

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 12, 2022

This map is titled "Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio" which means "America or the New World, a new description."
It is hand-colored and shows the western hemisphere as it was known in 1581. Notice there are no Great Lakes? 
It was created by renown cartography Ortelius and printed in Antwerp. Likely it was originally part of an atlas.

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