Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections.
A look at the early days of the Great American Pastime in Minnesota, from its beginnings post-Civil War up to the arrival of the Minnesota Twins. This episode features Victorian valentines from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections, dating from 1840 to 1900. This episode features Victorian valentines from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections, dating from 1840 to 1900. View a selection of holiday greeting cards from the Minnesota Historical Society’s extensive collection. View a selection of holiday greeting cards from the Minnesota Historical Society's extensive collection. View footwear highlights from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Collection featuring styles from the 18th century, through the 1920s, into the 1960s, and beyond.
View footwear highlights from the Minnesota Historical Society's Collection featuring styles from the 18th century, through the 1920s, into the 1960s, and beyond. At the turn of the 20th Century, about 70% of Minnesota’s population was either first or second generation American, so ethnic attitudes toward alcohol were very influential.  Much of the state’s population favored moderation rather than total abstinence, but each group had some kind of temperance tradition. The national temperance movement had been gaining steam in the United States since the 1870s, spurred by the growth of temperance organizations such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, or WCTU, the Anti-Saloon League, and the Prohibition Party. By 1933, widespread disrespect for the law led to the passage of the 21st Amendment, which remains the only constitutional amendment approved for the explicit purpose of repealing another amendment.  Prohibition officially ended December 15, 1933, to the delight of many Minnesotans, who waited in long lines at local breweries to enjoy their first legal beer in thirteen years. The national temperance movement had been gaining steam in the United States since the 1870s, spurred by the growth of temperance organizations such as the Womenrsquo;s Christian Temperance Union, or WCTU, the Anti-Saloon League, and the Prohibition Party. For many Americans, the word "breakfast" conjures up images of hearty bowls of cereal and toasters popping out slices of golden-brown bread. A recent acquisition of the State Archives came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With summer just around the corner and prime picnicking season already upon us, we present a century's worth of images of that perennial warm-weather sightseeing destination: Minnehaha Falls. This short video addresses the release of the 1940 Federal Census, including what kind of information it contains and how to access it. The Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, recently requested the transfer of the state’s Session Laws to the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, recently requested the transfer of the state's Session Laws to the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society.
When genealogists set out to piece together the lives of their research subjects, they often concentrate on text-based sources like letters, city directories and vital records. In a nation of immigrants, becoming a citizen -- being "naturalized" -- has been an important part of our personal and national history. Explore the curious, cute, weird, and wonderful world of mascots who represent the Great State of Minnesota.
Often students come in to the Library with assignments to do research in primary source materials, but find that they’re not quite sure what a primary source is.
Often students come in to the Library with assignments to do research in primary source materials, but find that they're not quite sure what a primary source is. This informative piece on the history of bow ties focuses on those in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Collection. This informative piece on the history of bow ties focuses on those in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collection.
The events, politics, movements, music and television of the late Sixties return in The 1968 Exhibit. The Kensington Runestone has been a point of controversy, contention, pride, and interest since it was discovered in 1898 by Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman. What began as a sideline business selling polished metal mirrors to pilgrims in Germany (to capture holy light) evolved into an enterprise that altered the course of art, religion, politics and industry: Johannes Gutenberga€™s movable type and printing press.
We judge ourselves by our noblest acts and best intentions, but we are judged by our last worst act.
There are 10,000 species of ants, and for several million years they have coved the earth, except Antarctica [no pun intended].
Credit has existed globally since the early days of trading and mercantilism, but it wasna€™t until the 1920s that oil companies issued a physical card to repeat customers who purchased fuel for their new-fangled automobiles.
Therea€™s nothing so hollow as the laugh of the person who intended to tell the story himself.
CHALLENGE #111: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)?
English belongs to the very large Indo-European language family [Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, Celtic, Latin, Hellenic, Iranian, Sanskrit et alia, which led to Polish, Welsh, French, Greek, Kurdish, Punjabi, and English, to name a few]. The real test of character comes when doing the right thing may not be in our self-interest.
In the past 5,000 years the human genetic code changed 100 times faster than it had in any prevous period. In the 1880s, Samuel Augustus Maverick was a Texas cattleman who refused to brand his cattle, seeing it as cruel.
CHALLENGE #111 was: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)? Researchers gave cash to experimental subjects who were instructed either to spend it on themselves or on others. BIG Q #26: Pericles argued in his Funeral Oration that democracy stimulates excellence because all citizens are stakeholders with public responsibilities. When intensive-care units at Michigan hospitals followed a 5-step checklist for how to insert intravenous lines in patients, infections were virtually eliminated, saving the hospitals $175 million over 18 months. The peace symbol began as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement 50 years ago on Good Friday: a combination of the semaphore positions for N and D [Nuclear Disarmament] within a circle [the earth]. CHALLENGE #114: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. BIG Q #27: Since poverty is deeper among children than the elderly, why does public spending on the elderly vastly outstrip spending on the young? E-mail and Web searches consume 1.5% of the nationa€™s electricity last year, and if current trends continue, by 2010 the power bill to run a computer over its lifetime will surpass the cost of buying the machine. Biologically speaking, humans have changed little in the 100,000 years [or 3,000 generations] since modern humans emerged on the African savanna--not enough time for serious adjustments.
Rembrandt was a master of chiaroscuro (kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh), the use of contrasts of light and shade to enhance the depiction of character and for general dramatic effect.
CHALLENGE #114 was: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. CHALLENGE #115: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? BIG Q #28: Why do girls, on average, lead boys for all their years in school, only to fall behind in the workplace? Only 11% of CEOs of top 500 companies have an Ivy League degree, but 20% of the top 60 women in Forbes a€?most powerful womena€? list did. The hormone oxytocin is naturally released in brain after a 20-second hug from a partner, triggering the braina€™s trust circuits.


CHALLENGE #115 was: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? CHALLENGE #116: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail. Featured Quote: a€?The truth of the matter,a€? is that a€?we havena€™t sacrificed one darn bit in this war, not one. BIG Q #29: Why are the most powerful people in the world old white men and pretty young women?
When lima bean plants are attacked by spider mites, they release volatile chemicals that summon another species of mites to attack the spider mites.
Funeral directors promote embalming: replacing body fluids with formaldehyde, a carcinogen that eventually leaches into the environment when the buried body decays [800,000 gallons annually]. In 2001, President Bush exempted some 3,500 plants that spew toxic chemicals from the Right-To-Know law. Consultants get paid up to $500,000 to name a drug, and insist that letters are imbued with psychological meaning: P, T, and K, they claim, convey effectiveness. CHALLENGE #116 was: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail. CHALLENGE #117: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer.
Spoken language is instinctual, the brain collects the phonemes and abstracts the rules from what it hears, but written language must be taught. Busha€™s tax cuts for the rich have reduced annual tax revenue avaiable for public needs by $300 Billion each year.
CHALLENGE #117 was: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer. FACTOID: Unusual English spelling shows the way the words were pronounced 100s of years ago. Chinoiserie (sheen-WAH-zuh-ree) is a style of ornamentation using motifs identified as Chinese.
CHALLENGE # 118 was: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? CHALLENGE #119: Which a€?booka€™ won the Pulitzer Prize for literature and drama, in successive years? This Amazing Video Shows How the 'Ideal' Female Body Type Evolved Over the YearsA vivid reminder that our standards are very fickle.
I love reading articles, and while I don’t follow a lot of blogs, I read and enjoy blog posts that friends share on Facebook or Twitter.
Many of the nonfiction books I pick up are Bible studies, mommy help books (I need all the help I can get!), and books about finding balance.
I think my preferences have changed because I’m in a different place in my life now than I was ten years ago and my needs that I want fulfilled through my reading are different because of it. I used to read quite a bit of romances, but over time I’ve become drawn to classic literature.
When I started seriously writing in my early-mid twenties, I was a fantasy reader (looking for another Lord of the Rings to capture my heart), and so that’s what I wrote.
I used to read a lot of Christian apologetics, from various authors, until I realized that I was just plowing over the same field in slightly different patterns. No balance books for me, unless someone can come up with an idea for balancing 26 dogs, writing, and reproducing parts for 70-year-old airplanes, all in the same day, every day.
My writing has changed a little bit, but it’s more a maturing of style rather than a change in direction.
I read in the CBA and ABA as far as novels and always have but the bulk of my fiction consumption since publication are endorsements. Period specific research is critical in establishing the reader’s emotional connection to the story. I find is fascinating that in reading two books, The Colonel’s Lady, and Courting Morrow Little, the author has the reader empathizing with the British in one book, and the Colonial rebels in another. Many authors seem to really enjoy the research aspect of writing–whether they write fiction or nonfiction. Oh, I read a terrific book a few years ago (thanks, Sarah Sundin!!) called Making Work at Home Work by Mary M.
I still, however, tend to stick with the same favorite genres: mystery, thriller, true crime, historical fiction and nonfiction.
They can be nostalgic or poignant, but more often than not, full of morals that we want to highlight for our kids. Who of you remembers Little Bear, Peter Rabbit, Rosie & Michael, Harry the dirty dog, Max and his wild things, and the Nightmare’s in the closet?
Love, love, LOVE those who reach out to lonely little kids and fill their worlds with beauty. Anyway, I read my favourites, craft books and work I’m either critting, editing or editing. These days I’m also less tolerant of books with weak plots or that are poorly edited. As far as writing, while I love my Vikings and will definitely complete my two-book series, I can’t wait to get back into contemp. Watch to learn more about the system of prisoner exchanges and how circumstances deteriorated as the war dragged on. Mondale Papers and has one of the nation’s premier collections of government, politics, and public affairs materials.
Mondale Papers and has one of the nationrsquo;s premier collections of government, politics, and public affairs materials. While prohibition was in effect, Minnesota’s capitol city became a haven for gangsters such as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Alvin Karpis, and the Barker gang.  See the podcast “St.
It also mentions the resources the Minnesota Historical Society has to help find people in it, as indexing will not be complete for another six months or so.
This podcast describes these important historical records, shows the moving process, and explains how they will be preserved for future generations.
Take a look at this video for helpful hints to get started finding photographs, objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more!
In this podcast we examine the beginnings of the sport in the state as well as some early innovators who had national and worldwide impact. From a lumberjack and Twins to a gopher and a duck, the mascots are a recognizable part of life in Minnesota and often our ambassadors to the world beyond.
This video provides a brief discussion of primary and secondary sources with examples from the Society’s collections. This video provides a brief discussion of primary and secondary sources with examples from the Society's collections. Objects Curator Matt Anderson takes a look at some of the exhibit’s artifacts drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection. Reference Specialist Debbie Miller discusses the story behind this important piece of Minnesota history and some of the resources the Minnesota Historical Society has relating to it. Collections Assistant Christopher Welter shares a few of the thousands of State Fair photos in the Society’s collection, with a special emphasis on the fair’s more spectacular offerings over the years.
In the better sets, the traditional flaws of plasma (burn-in) and LCD (limited viewing angle, weak blacks, weak fast motion) have been largely eliminated.


In 1958, Dinera€™s Club launched the first card available for payment to general merchants: 27 participating NYC restaurants. Kugel, an Orthodox Jew and author of a€?How to Read the Biblea€? says that there is essentially no evidence--archaeological, historical, cultural--for the events in the Torah. Koerner which he said depicts: a€?a horseman determinedly charging up what appears to be a steep and rough traila€?--representing his own political journey against steep odds and naysayers. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all; they decided 1 had to leave, or all would fall.
According to the Energy Department, vampire gadgets account for about 25% of total residential electricity consumption in the U.S. Guppy submitted a fish to the British Museum that was already classified, but the name stuck [and the fish is still in a jar at the museum]. When I started as an agent with Books & Such, I was primarily interested in fiction and had a strong preference for YA books.
I don’t know if they would be purchased or not, but how can someone buy something that isn’t there? Switching genres is not a great idea for a professional career, and I’m happy where I am. And in both books, the writer’s grasp of history, and evidence and depth of research, makes the reader all the more emotionally connected to the characters, the cause and the colours red and blue. I have always enjoyed classics, and easy reads, and chick-lit, and historical fiction, and YA novels. I’ve always read a lot of non-fiction and still do, but my fiction reading is all over the place. I don’t mind the occasional dystopian novel and I might read fantasy once or twice a year, but I stick with what I enjoy most. Many of the picture books my daughter and I used to read possessed power in their simplicity, at times bringing me to tears.
I’ve find that they can incite thought provoking conversations that maybe would not have come up otherwise.
When we talked about controversial debates on FB, etc the other day, I thought that the thing I see debated most today is whether or not to teach kids cursive. I’ve spent the last year exploring paranormal and am getting ready to dive into some of the ABA military romantic suspense. You control the search; you have the power to make it as wide or narrow as need be, so have fun searching! Hill and his family were the primary occupants of 240 Summit Avenue but another, less familiar group of people lived there as well: the 10 to 12 live-in domestic servants who did the cleaning, cooking, laundry, and maintenance work at the house. Uppsala University Professor Henrik Williams also gives a brief introduction to what runes are and what they are not.
But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
No man spoke, but the woman said she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband, kids and men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.
I still enjoy reading YA stories and lots of other types of fiction, but I’ve found myself drawn more to nonfiction these days. Only when my daughter ran out of Cat Warrior books and I was finished with my own nonfiction book on surviving hardships (the Godly way) did I see it as a chance to branch out.
Currently I’m deep into the 18th-century reading diaries and letters of the time period. Sides delves into the seemingly hypocritical and traitorous psyche of the 19th century military and civilian mindset, when one group was deemed as friendly, and another were labelled as disposable. Before I started blogging in 2007, I read mostly nonfiction about the Civil War and Lincoln.
First, with scented pens in my journal, and now on boring things like bills, and napkins while on hold with insurance. Hopefully my craft of writing is better as a result of reading with a writer’s eye and then writing, writing, writing. However, at this stage in my life, I can read those classics I was assigned in college and get a WHOLE lot more out of them, just from having lived a little longer (Silas Marner, for example).
Since the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Crashed Ice start soon, we thought this a good time to look at a variety of winter weather from images and film in our Collection, including an Easter snowball fight, winter swimming, -20 degrees, and blizzards. State Archives collections are available through the Minnesota Historical Society’s Library. State Archives collections are available through the Minnesota Historical Society's Library. In piecing together the stories of these servants, information is culled from a variety of sources that can be found in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. So, plasma has truer color and does better in darker rooms, and LCD has more vivid color and does better in bright rooms. My daughter needed something new to read, and I didn’t see anything good for her in the animal area she loves (she is 13, but loves animal stories)! About fifteen years ago, I started reading classics, too, and I still read one or two a year. I think my voice veers contemp, even when I’m writing histfic, which might also explain why I tend to write first-person. I read a lot of nonfiction now for my writing research, historical and sometimes psychology. I took a writing class on how to write for children and they asked us to pick an age group and I picked teens because you could get away with more description. When I decided to write for children and my children were younger, I wrote and read a lot of picture books. I liked spec-fic when I was in my twenties and thirties–all that speculating about the future. Each year I prepare a list of books I want to read in different categories: Classics, military and home-front support, Christian, and contemporary.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE married main characters (most people reading this know that about me!) and I have recently discovered author Sarah Jio, who tends to use them AND weave an amazing story. But, therea€™s no such thing as a 1080p TV broadcast (cable, satellite, anything), and wona€™t be for years. Actually, it was an illustration for a Saturday Evening Post short story, a€?The Slipper Tongue,a€? about a slick-tongued horse thief fleeing a lynch mob. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. Athens, to honor god of wine & drama, Dionysus [Baccus], where comic actors wore padded phalluses as part of their costumes.
I may not read them all, or I may add other books recommended throughout the year, but by having a plan I read more books that satisfy me. I also read some adult books from the CBA, and non-fiction about writing and research (historical stuff) but most of my reading is secular YA.



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