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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 Collection2019-12-09T19:14:39+00:00

Jerry Sears: A Story of Slavery in Minnesota


Usually the first location that comes to mind when thinking about topic of slavery is the southern United States. However, Minnesota, “the Star of the North,” has a long and dark history as part of the nation’s greatest shame. The most infamous case of slavery in the Minnesota [...]

Jerry Sears: A Story of Slavery in Minnesota2019-12-09T19:09:24+00:00

The Bethany Home for Unwed Mothers: Fighting for the “Fallen”


In celebration of International Women’s Month it seems appropriate to explore one of the many untold stories surrounding the women of Hennepin County. Being a woman, much less a mother, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was no easy feat. Women were confined to the private [...]

The Bethany Home for Unwed Mothers: Fighting for the “Fallen”2019-05-01T15:11:34+00:00

The Automobile Club of Minneapolis


While today’s auto clubs offer roadside assistance, in their heyday these clubs offered much more. In the earliest years of the automobile, they were a place for the small group of well-to-do motorists to socialize and organize on their own behalf as [...]

The Automobile Club of Minneapolis2019-01-15T19:21:06+00:00

Witt’s Market House: The Future of Minnesota Grocery


This photo shows the chaos that once was the second floor of Witt’s Market House. Witt’s Market had previously been a well established family owned meat market before expanding to a new retail space in 1919 at 705-09 Hennepin Ave S. The [...]

Witt’s Market House: The Future of Minnesota Grocery2019-01-15T19:21:45+00:00

Back to School with Stanley Hall


With the school year in full swing, it is a great time to reflect on the history of education in Hennepin County. Stanley Hall was a Boarding and Day School for girls in Minneapolis during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s before [...]

Back to School with Stanley Hall2019-01-15T19:22:27+00:00

Minnesota Lynx


A ticket from the third game of the Lynx's inaugural season. You are generally more likely to associate women’s history with the 1960’s than 1990’s. However, the 90’s were important for women, especially in the world of Minnesota basketball. The inclusion [...]

Minnesota Lynx2019-01-15T19:23:39+00:00

Hayward and Effie McKerson


Archival donations come to the museum through a variety of sources. This past spring the archive received a donation from Walker Methodist Care Center. Dr. Hayward McKerson had passed away in December 2017 and with no known surviving family members, the care center reached out to the archive to see if [...]

Hayward and Effie McKerson2019-01-15T19:24:15+00:00

The Junto of Philadelphia – in Hennepin County


Benjamin Franklin is most famously known for his inventions and involvement in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. However, this Founding Father inspired and influenced many other prospects – although less famously on some rare occasions. For instance, few people likely know about his affiliation with the organization known as The Junto Club, or The Junto of [...]

The Junto of Philadelphia – in Hennepin County2019-01-15T19:24:46+00:00

SERA Cannery Project


  The State Emergency Relief Administrations (SERA) was established in 1933 to alleviate poor economic and work conditions caused by the Great Depression. The initial responsibilities of the SERA included the distribution of state and federal funds for unemployment relief and the provision of work relief—or temporary work [...]

SERA Cannery Project2019-01-15T19:25:21+00:00
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