A Local Hero: Susan T. Naysmith

2021-03-05T17:05:59+00:00

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 the next documented information [...]

A Local Hero: Susan T. Naysmith2021-03-05T17:05:59+00:00

Handkerchief Commemorates Minnesota Centennial

2021-03-05T17:07:51+00:00

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 past and one looking [...]

Handkerchief Commemorates Minnesota Centennial2021-03-05T17:07:51+00:00

Moving the Steven’s House

2021-03-05T17:14:18+00:00

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 a fragment of one [...]

Moving the Steven’s House2021-03-05T17:14:18+00:00

Minneapolis Journal Newsboys’ Band

2021-03-05T17:16:30+00:00

This marching music stand in the collection at Hennepin History Museum was used by a clarinetist in the Minneapolis Journal Newsboys’ Band. It would have screwed into a bracket on the front of the clarinet and held sheet music so that he could see it while [...]

Minneapolis Journal Newsboys’ Band2021-03-05T17:16:30+00:00

Northern Sun Alliance Shirt: Anti-Nuclear Groups of Minnesota

2021-03-05T17:26:22+00:00

The phrase “Safe Energy – No Nukes” can be found on protest signs, bumper stickers, and t-shirts like this one in Hennepin History Museum’s collection. The anti-nuclear movement in Minnesota was strong throughout the late 1970s and 80s and left an impression on the environmentalist perspectives of today. The Northern Sun Alliance was a large proponent of the movement and created this shirt with the help [...]

Northern Sun Alliance Shirt: Anti-Nuclear Groups of Minnesota2021-03-05T17:26:22+00:00

Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry

2021-03-05T17:30:58+00:00

Madame Mitchell was a talented local milliner in the late nineteenth century and the creator of this hat, which can be found in the collection of Hennepin History Museum. She worked in Chicago for twenty-five years before opening a store on Nicollet Avenue in 1883 which was known for its elegance. She sold hats and bonnets, ribbons and plumage, and many other accessories [...]

Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry2021-03-05T17:30:58+00:00

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither

2021-03-05T17:37:05+00:00

This is a German Concert Zither from Hennepin History Museum’s collection. Known for its high difficulty level, the modern-day concert zither has 187 basic tones and a greater range than both the piano and the guitar. It is also the traditional instrument of the Bavarian Alps, and is [...]

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither2021-03-05T17:37:05+00:00

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite

2021-03-05T17:38:38+00:00

This lovely wedding dress from Hennepin History Museum's collection was worn by Mrs. Elizabeth Calderwood Case for her wedding to George P. Case in 1904. Though the couple wed in Manhattan, NY, Elizabeth was originally from Hennepin County and would return home many times. Her life was defined by experiences ranging from elegant cocktail parties to a shipwreck. As a [...]

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite2021-03-05T17:38:38+00:00

Memories of the Metrodome

2021-03-05T17:44:58+00:00

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened on April 3, 1982 in Minneapolis and produced countless souvenirs in the three decades it remained in operation. Many of these souvenirs can be found in the collection at Hennepin History Museum. The Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, [...]

Memories of the Metrodome2021-03-05T17:44:58+00:00

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy

2021-03-05T17:48:16+00:00

This fez from Hennepin History Museum’s collection belonged to a member of the Zuhrah Shriners, a Twin Cities chapter of the Shriner International fraternity. The Minneapolis center was founded in 1923 and is the largest in the Midwest region, with over 2,000 members. It’s a fraternity based on fun activities and philanthropy and is known for its founding [...]

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy2021-03-05T17:48:16+00:00
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