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Grow Your Family Tree


A vital source for genealogy research by Susan Weinberg  Vital records are an important resource to a genealogist. That’s a broad catch-all term for birth, marriage, and death records — the vital events in a person’s life. They help us validate [...]

Grow Your Family Tree2023-01-26T15:58:51-06:00

Mending Hearts 


by Ames Sheldon   Remarkable advances in heart surgery were forged at the Variety Club Heart Hospital at the University of Minnesota during the 1950s. This is the hospital where Drs. F. John Lewis, Richard Varco, C. Walton Lillehei, and Mansur Taufic [...]

Mending Hearts 2022-11-30T15:19:18-06:00

Hennepin History Museum Salutes Longtime Supporter Karen Cooper


Karen Cooper has had a prominent place in the recent journey of Hennepin History Museum, contributing to the success and vitality of the Museum through financial support, scholarly contributions, and programming. Understanding that the Museum needs a stronger financial base to [...]

Hennepin History Museum Salutes Longtime Supporter Karen Cooper2022-09-05T22:42:18-05:00

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation


Looking down Washington Avenue across Nicollet and Hennepin in 1886, with the Nicollet House on the left. Image from HHM archives. Though it has long since been demolished, the Nicollet Hotel was once the pride of Minneapolis. The original Nicollet [...]

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation2022-07-28T14:23:08-05:00

Hygiene and housing: the sleeping porch in Minnesota


Glen Lake Sanatorium, main infirmary building and east wing, with top-floor open terraces.Courtesy of Hopkins Historical Society. What a marvel for scientists in the late 19th century to actually see what they theorized was making people ill. The world of [...]

Hygiene and housing: the sleeping porch in Minnesota2022-07-28T14:15:35-05:00

Archivist’s Musings


Questions and questionable answers from the Dagny Dietrichson Collection at HHM Written by Michele Pollard, HHM Archivist A lot of questions come up during processing. A number of records don’t seem connected at first, but as processing goes on, those connections can [...]

Archivist’s Musings2022-07-01T16:49:56-05:00

Forty years of family fun at the Hamel Rodeo


by Sue Dorweiler If you set out to raise more than $1,000,000 for your community, how would you do it? Maybe you’d do what the folks in Hamel, Minnesota, did more than 40 years ago when they held their “first annual” Hamel [...]

Forty years of family fun at the Hamel Rodeo2022-06-30T15:34:44-05:00
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