From the Collection

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

Minneapolis Journal Newsboys’ Band


November 3, 2020 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 [...]

Minneapolis Journal Newsboys’ Band2023-09-02T11:48:40-05:00

Northern Sun Alliance Shirt: Anti-Nuclear Groups of Minnesota


July 1, 2020 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 [...]

Northern Sun Alliance Shirt: Anti-Nuclear Groups of Minnesota2023-09-02T11:34:30-05:00

Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry


May 6, 2020 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 [...]

Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry2023-09-02T11:32:42-05:00

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither


April 13, 2020 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 [...]

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither2023-09-02T11:30:27-05:00

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite


April 10, 2020 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 [...]

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite2023-09-02T11:29:36-05:00
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