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A Siren’s Song: The German Zither

2021-03-05T17:37:05-06:00

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 Zither2021-03-05T17:37:05-06:00

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite

2021-03-05T17:38:38-06:00

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 Socialite2021-03-05T17:38:38-06:00

Memories of the Metrodome

2021-03-05T17:44:58-06:00

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 Metrodome2021-03-05T17:44:58-06:00

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy

2021-03-05T17:48:16-06:00

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 Philanthropy2021-03-05T17:48:16-06:00

Minneapolis City Hall: A Cupful of History

2020-03-21T21:10:28-05:00

This souvenir cup from Hennepin History Museum’s collection has a familiar view of Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse. It can be found on postcards, travel blogs, and as we see here, dishware. However, this painted picture of the building is one of the earliest renditions we have. It was made in 1906, the [...]

Minneapolis City Hall: A Cupful of History2020-03-21T21:10:28-05:00

Walking Down Memory Lane: The Story of Kaplan Bros. Department Store

2020-03-21T21:11:21-05:00

Image from HHM Collections These shoes from Hennepin History Museum’s collection were purchased from Kaplan Brothers in Minneapolis, one of the first discount clothing stores in the Midwest. Kaplan Bros. opened in 1926 and sold workwear and outdoor clothing out of a building on Franklin Avenue and Bloomington Avenue that was originally built [...]

Walking Down Memory Lane: The Story of Kaplan Bros. Department Store2020-03-21T21:11:21-05:00

Bowties: The Life and Stories of Carl Richard Jacobi

2020-01-08T21:05:43-06:00

  Image from HHM Collections Carl Richard Jacobi was an author and Minneapolis resident throughout his entire life. Considered phenomenal by contemporaries such as H.P. Lovecraft, Jacobi’s writing spanned from pulp fiction to journalism to horror. His personality showed in his [...]

Bowties: The Life and Stories of Carl Richard Jacobi2020-01-08T21:05:43-06:00

Leeann Chin: The Woman Behind the Empire

2019-12-09T19:01:02-06:00

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 Empire2019-12-09T19:01:02-06:00

2021-03-05T17:57:36-06:00

  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 [...]

2021-03-05T17:57:36-06:00

Secret Societies and Female Leadership in Hennepin County

2019-12-09T19:01:46-06:00

  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 County2019-12-09T19:01:46-06:00
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