From the Collection

Bela Petheo’s Life and Art


January 3, 2023 Long Shadow at the Farm, 1985. Oil on canvas. Bela Petheo (1934 – 2017), pronounced "PEH-tyu," was an artist, refugee, and teacher. He was known as a wonderful “colorist in oil”, but his work spanned many [...]

Bela Petheo’s Life and Art2023-05-04T10:49:48-05:00

The Fantastical Mind of William Dietrichson


October 4, 2022 William A. Dietrichson (b. 1922 – d. 2014) dramatically evolved in his artistic style throughout a lifelong career. Hennepin History Museum has several of his works in its collection, most of which are from the 1970s to the [...]

The Fantastical Mind of William Dietrichson2023-05-04T10:57:41-05:00

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation


July 28, 2022 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 [...]

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation2023-05-04T11:02:18-05:00

Heffelfinger Fountain


May 25, 2022 Local artist Paul F. Johnson completed this watercolor titled Heffelfinger Fountain in 1952. The Heffelfinger Fountain resides in Lake Harriet’s Rose Garden. It is around ten feet tall and made of bronze with a marble basin. Decorated with [...]

Heffelfinger Fountain2023-05-04T11:10:01-05:00

Josephine Lutz Rollins


March 30, 2022 “I get such a bang out of things the way that they are that I’ve always tried to paint them that way.” - Josephine Lutz Rollins, 1964.  Josephine Lutz Rollins (1896-1989) was a local artist renowned for her [...]

Josephine Lutz Rollins2023-05-04T11:54:05-05:00

Streetcars and Buses and Trains, Oh My!


October 6, 2021 Street Car Scene by Paul Johnson Public transportation is a vital part of many people’s lives. It creates less pollution, and the average cost for a year of public transport is cheaper than the cost of [...]

Streetcars and Buses and Trains, Oh My!2023-05-04T12:07:05-05:00

Northwestern National Bank Building Relics


June 2, 2021 These six brass stanchions with their velvet ropes tell a fascinating history of architectural styles and a Minnesota-based bank. They originally stood in the Northwestern National Bank building, which opened in 1930 in downtown Minneapolis. While the building [...]

Northwestern National Bank Building Relics2023-05-04T12:25:53-05:00

A Local Hero: Susan T. Naysmith


March 3, 2021 Susan Treice Naysmith donated this wool coat to Hennepin History Museum in 1964. Naysmith wore it during her time as a military nurse in World War I and it serves as an artifact of a short period of her rather full life. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1876, Naysmith was both married and widowed at age 23. She never remarried and [...]

A Local Hero: Susan T. Naysmith2023-05-04T13:22:51-05:00

Handkerchief Commemorates Minnesota Centennial


January 6, 2021 This handkerchief, now in the collection of Hennepin History Museum, is one of many commemorative items made to celebrate the centennial of Minnesota’s statehood in 1958. It bears the Minnesota Centennial logo, with one face looking toward the [...]

Handkerchief Commemorates Minnesota Centennial2023-05-04T13:32:46-05:00

Moving the Steven’s House


December 2, 2020 Today, it seems too bizarre to have happened, but it did. What’s more, it happened twice. The John H. Stevens House was transported by schoolchildren. This piece of rope, held in the collection at Hennepin History Museum, is [...]

Moving the Steven’s House2023-09-02T11:52:47-05:00
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