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Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry


Madame Mitchell was a talented local milliner in the late nineteenth century and the creator of this hat, which can be found in the collection of Hennepin History Museum. She worked in Chicago for twenty-five years before opening a store on Nicollet Avenue in 1883 which was known for its elegance. She sold hats and bonnets, ribbons and plumage, and many other accessories [...]

Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry2020-05-04T21:03:54+00:00

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither


This is a German Concert Zither from Hennepin History Museum’s collection. Known for its high difficulty level, the modern-day concert zither has 187 basic tones and a greater range than both the piano and the guitar. It is also the traditional instrument of the Bavarian Alps, and is [...]

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither2020-04-08T16:09:14+00:00

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite


This lovely wedding dress from Hennepin History Museum's collection was worn by Mrs. Elizabeth Calderwood Case for her wedding to George P. Case in 1904. Though the couple wed in Manhattan, NY, Elizabeth was originally from Hennepin County and would return home many times. Her life was defined by experiences ranging from elegant cocktail parties to a shipwreck. As a [...]

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite2020-04-10T18:03:55+00:00

Memories of the Metrodome


The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened on April 3, 1982 in Minneapolis and produced countless souvenirs in the three decades it remained in operation. Many of these souvenirs can be found in the collection at Hennepin History Museum. The Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, [...]

Memories of the Metrodome2020-03-31T14:53:12+00:00

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy


This fez from Hennepin History Museum’s collection belonged to a member of the Zuhrah Shriners, a Twin Cities chapter of the Shriner International fraternity. The Minneapolis center was founded in 1923 and is the largest in the Midwest region, with over 2,000 members. It’s a fraternity based on fun activities and philanthropy and is known for its founding [...]

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy2020-03-23T18:52:06+00:00

Minneapolis City Hall: A Cupful of History


This souvenir cup from Hennepin History Museum’s collection has a familiar view of Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse. It can be found on postcards, travel blogs, and as we see here, dishware. However, this painted picture of the building is one of the earliest renditions we have. It was made in 1906, the [...]

Minneapolis City Hall: A Cupful of History2020-03-21T21:10:28+00:00

Walking Down Memory Lane: The Story of Kaplan Bros. Department Store


Image from HHM Collections These shoes from Hennepin History Museum’s collection were purchased from Kaplan Brothers in Minneapolis, one of the first discount clothing stores in the Midwest. Kaplan Bros. opened in 1926 and sold workwear and outdoor clothing out of a building on Franklin Avenue and Bloomington Avenue that was originally built [...]

Walking Down Memory Lane: The Story of Kaplan Bros. Department Store2020-03-21T21:11:21+00:00