Image from HHM Collections This Leeann Chin duffel bag from Hennepin History Museum’s collection is a memento of restaurateur Leeann Chin’s legacy. Leeann Chin was a seamstress, the founder of a successful restaurant chain, and an active member of our [...]
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Hennepin History Museum’s archive collection of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) materials offers a glimpse into the world of highway construction planning. The materials in the collection are mainly impartial data collected for right of way surveys done in the 1950s through the 1970s. This small snapshot into the workings [...]
Image from HHM Collections This blue velvet crown and robe from Hennepin History Museum’s collection are examples of regalia worn for ceremonies of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Order was developed in 1850 by Dr. Rob Morris as a more [...]
Alice Elizabeth Putnam wore this graduation cap and gown at her college commencement ceremony in 1908. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota’s College Of Science, Literature And The Arts. Image from HHM Collections Alice was born [...]
Image from HHM Collections Throughout the years, the area around the present-day Hennepin County Medical Center in the Elliot Park Neighborhood was home to seven different medical organizations, and one of those was the St. Barnabas Hospital and School of [...]
Image from HHM Collections This wooden souvenir jewelry box dates to 1980. While the object itself may seem mundane, there is an interesting story to tell about what can be seen here. The image on the lid of the box is [...]
Image from HHM Collections At the beginning of the twentieth century, Thomas K. Baker invented a product that allowed anyone to make coffee just as well as an experienced barista. The Baker Coffee Maker was patented on September 30, 1902. [...]
Image from HHM Collections This tin is filled with recipes that call for Gold Medal Flour. Today, Gold Medal is the most popular brand in the market and is produced by General Mills. That company traces its roots to the [...]
Image from HHM Collections This small wood crate in the collection at Hennepin History Museum once held two pounds of American cheese made by Old Home Creameries Inc. of Minneapolis. This local company consistently made high quality cheese, even winning [...]
Image from HHM Collections The Nash Finch Company was once the second largest food distributor in the United States. The company’s headquarters was in Hennepin County for nearly a century. There are many Nash Finch products in HHM’s collection, including the spice tin seen above [...]