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.
This photo of a Christmas tree was taken by Whitney's Gallery, located in Saint Paul, in 1870.
These blown glass Christmas tree ornaments are so cool! The outside of ornament is covered with silver colored lamatta crinkle wire as a bonus.
The manufacturer is unknown; circa 1870-1939.
We all deserve some color and light on this, the longest night of the year. This abstract painting is titled "Blue of the Night." It was painted by William Saltzman in 1949.
This woodcut shows an idyllic indoor winter scene; a fire burning in a fireplace with a mantle, stool, and candle.
It was created by Flavia Gag in 1935. Flavia was the sister of more well-known Wanda Gag, but an impressive artist and author in her own right.
Disentangling lights is a big job, but someone has to do it!
This photo shows Oscar Fryckman (left), city electrical engineer, and Donald R. McReavy, chairman of the Minneapolis Christmas Lighting Committee, disentangling Christmas lights in 1940.
We wonder: is this a candid shot, or perhaps staged?
This large wooden paddle was used in the Dayton's (later Macy's) Candy Kitchen.
The Candy Kitchen was opened in 1913 in the Dayton's downtown Minneapolis store. The store closed in January 2017.
On this date in 1791, the new United States of America ratified the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution confirming the rights of its citizens.
In this photo we see two youngsters looking at the original Bill of Rights on the "Freedom Train" during its May 4, 1948 visit to Minneapolis. This photo was taken by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Who fondly remembers toys such as this?
This wooden Queen Buzzy Bee pull toy consists of a wooden bee set on wheels with plastic wings and two coiled metal antennae. Pulling the bee forwards activates a noisemaker mechanism and rotates its wings.
It was use by the Harpole family in Saint Paul between 1965 - 1968.
Is it too early to think about holiday cookies? Never!
This is a cookie can housed Carlsbad Oblaten cookies, used between 1960-70.
An oblaten is a crispy, delicate dessert wafer historically known as Czech dessert. The Carlsbad Oblaten company was founded around 1949 in Minneapolis.
Happy first day of Chanukkah!
This photo shows two women making Chanukkah decorations at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, 1960.