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Leeann Chin: The Woman Behind the Empire


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 [...]

Leeann Chin: The Woman Behind the Empire2019-12-09T19:01:02+00:00


  In the Hennepin History Museum there is one of three small 1917 reproductions of Jacob Fjelde’s famous statue Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Some of you may have visited the much larger bronze version of this statue during visits to Minnehaha Park along the creek, near the falls. While its current [...]


MnDOT Right of Way Collection


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 [...]

MnDOT Right of Way Collection2021-03-05T17:58:39+00:00

Secret Societies and Female Leadership in Hennepin County


  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 [...]

Secret Societies and Female Leadership in Hennepin County2019-12-09T19:01:46+00:00

College Educated: Alice Putnam’s 1908 Graduation Cap and Gown


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 [...]

College Educated: Alice Putnam’s 1908 Graduation Cap and Gown2019-12-09T19:02:22+00:00

The Oldest Hospital in Minneapolis


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 [...]

The Oldest Hospital in Minneapolis2019-12-09T19:02:53+00:00

Building Bridges: The Minneapolis Skyway System


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 [...]

Building Bridges: The Minneapolis Skyway System2019-12-09T19:03:25+00:00

The Baker Coffee Maker


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. [...]

The Baker Coffee Maker2019-12-09T19:04:27+00:00

Washburn’s Legacy in Hennepin County


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 [...]

Washburn’s Legacy in Hennepin County2019-12-09T19:05:00+00:00

No Place Like Old Home


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 [...]

No Place Like Old Home2019-12-09T19:05:32+00:00
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