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.
The Minnesota Book Awards will be held later in April. Thoroughout this month we will be highlighting past winners in the Library Collection.
The winner in the Nature category in 1991 was "The Bear Guardian: Northwoods Tales and Meditations" by Peter M. Leschak. Jessica Allen Johnson was the illustrator and it was published by North Star Press of St. Cloud. Containing stories about fighting fires for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, white-water canoeing on the Little Fork River, and skiing across a frozen lake in a blizzard, Leschak captures the drama and unique majesty of Minnesota's Northwoods.
This "prize" fish is a painted wooden fish with metal fins and a synthetic fur coat mounted to wood plaque. The "trophy" was crafted by Dr. Alfred Tangen, circa 1948.
But sure to read the poem attached to the wood!
Stay safe out there, all!
Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility!
Today we share this is a four page informational leaflet about Cece McDonald’s case and how to take action regarding it. It was published between 2012 - 2014.
Dean Schmitz and some friends started a fight with Cece McDonald, an African American trans woman, and her friends outside a Minneapolis bar near closing time in 2011. McDonald was attacked and wounded with a glass while Schmitz and his group continued to throw punches and use racist and transphobic slurs. McDonald stabbed Schmitz in self-defense after he chased her down while she sought medical help. She was arrested and initially charged with second-degree murder. In January 2014, she was released after serving 19 months for second-degree manslaughter in a male prison where she was often placed in solitary confinement. She continues to be an activist for LGBTQ rights today, when trans and gender nonconforming people continue to experience higher rates of violence and assault.
Here are some resources to learn more about violence against trans and non-binary people.
It’s that time of year! Great waterfall viewing across the North Shore and throughout the state.
This postcard shows the waterfalls on Gooseberry River in 1920.
As the Derek Chauvin trial starts today, we wanted to take a moment to honor and remember George Floyd.
This pamphlet was put together by New Dawn Theater for remembrance events last June and is now in the Library collection.
We are starting to get excited about the new Main Street exhibit, opening April 9!
This postcard shows the childhood home of Main Street's author, Sinclair Lewis, in Sauk Centre. The postcard dates from 1970.
This is a Bentwood willow rocking chair, painted dark green. The chair has an open style flared back with arm and a rolled log seat.
This chair was used on a porch, ca. 1900.
This bonded wool color blocked mini dress has a ball fringe hem, full length sleeves, standing collar, and center front zipper.
It was made by "Craig" and worn by Barbara Grahn of Saint Paul, in 1969.
This woodcut from our art collection show a tree atop an embankment in the rain. I
It was created in 1913 by Bertha Boynton Lum.