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.
Happy birthday to Walter Mondale! Today is his 93rd birthday.
Former Minnesota Attorney General, Senator, Vice-President, and Ambassador, he has spent most of his life in public service. We are happy to have and provide access to his papers: take a look! https://www.mnhs.org/mondale
This photo shows Hubert H. Humphrey with Walter Mondale at a surprise party celebrating Mondale's thirty-ninth birthday in 1967.
Welcome to the New Year!
As we look forward to more of our fellow citizens receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, on Mondays in January we will share images of people receiving vaccines in the past.
This photo shows a Minneapolis Board of Health member giving vaccinations in 1904.
Finally! It's about time!
This New Year's card was illustrated and signed by Vernon V. Green. The black and white cover illustration shows Father Time, holding an hourglass and scythe and dressed in a robe marked "1936," turning away from Baby New Year, who sits on a throne and wears a crown marked "1937."
All best to you and yours for the year ahead!
This monotype on paper by Delia Jurek is titled "New Year's Eve." It was created in 2006.
Still thinking about the new year approaching, we came across this.
This 1918 calendar is titled "German Crimes Calendar." It consists of six pages, with a calendar for the months of January through June on the front of each page, and July through December on the back. Each page also features an image and a description of crimes committed by the German Army. This demonstrates the anti-German sentiment during World War I.
While thinking about the upcoming new year, we came across this in the collection.
This button promotes the "National Comfortable Shoes Year" of 1988, with an image of a high-heeled shoe crossed out. There is another button in our collection with the same image, but promoting "National Comfortable Shoes Week" in 1987. These were worn in Saint Paul. Anyone recognize them or this movement?
We have a fabulous set of Christmas cards made by artists David and Lolita Granahan between 1963 - 74. This one depicts a tree with strings of multicolor lights on a blue background.
This photo show children waiting for Santa Claus in front of stocking-hung chimney on Christmas Eve, 1940.
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.