The Baker Coffee Maker

2019-12-09T19:04:27+00:00

Image from HHM Collections At the beginning of the twentieth century, Thomas K. Baker invented a product that allowed anyone to make coffee just as well as an experienced barista. The Baker Coffee Maker was patented on September 30, 1902. [...]

The Baker Coffee Maker2019-12-09T19:04:27+00:00

Washburn’s Legacy in Hennepin County

2019-12-09T19:05:00+00:00

Image from HHM Collections This tin is filled with recipes that call for Gold Medal Flour. Today, Gold Medal is the most popular brand in the market and is produced by General Mills. That company traces its roots to the [...]

Washburn’s Legacy in Hennepin County2019-12-09T19:05:00+00:00

No Place Like Old Home

2019-12-09T19:05:32+00:00

Image from HHM Collections This small wood crate in the collection at Hennepin History Museum once held two pounds of American cheese made by Old Home Creameries Inc. of Minneapolis. This local company consistently made high quality cheese, even winning [...]

No Place Like Old Home2019-12-09T19:05:32+00:00

Ninety-Four Years in Hennepin County: The Nash Finch Company

2019-12-09T19:06:09+00:00

Image from HHM Collections The Nash Finch Company was once the second largest food distributor in the United States. The company’s headquarters was in Hennepin County for nearly a century. There are many Nash Finch products in HHM’s collection, including the spice tin seen above [...]

Ninety-Four Years in Hennepin County: The Nash Finch Company2019-12-09T19:06:09+00:00

Older Than Minnesota: Gluek Brewing

2021-03-05T17:59:35+00:00

The collection at Hennepin History Museum has several bottles once used by the Gluek Brewing Company. Gluek Brewing was one of the first manufacturing companies in the region. In fact, it was established before the State of Minnesota even existed. In 1857, German [...]

Older Than Minnesota: Gluek Brewing2021-03-05T17:59:35+00:00

A Long Tradition of Medical Innovation: The Artificial Limb Industry in Hennepin County

2019-12-09T19:08:41+00:00

  Image from HHM Collections Minnesota’s booming medical device industry can trace its roots to artificial limbs. Beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Twin Cities became a hub of prosthetics companies. The industry in Hennepin County [...]

A Long Tradition of Medical Innovation: The Artificial Limb Industry in Hennepin County2019-12-09T19:08:41+00:00

Midwest Business Turned Global Conglomerate: The Local Roots of Cargill

2019-12-09T19:09:59+00:00

Image from HHM Collections This simple Cargill feed sack in the collection at Hennepin History Museum represents the success story of a local business. Today, Cargill is the largest privately held corporation in the United States, but the conglomerate traces [...]

Midwest Business Turned Global Conglomerate: The Local Roots of Cargill2019-12-09T19:09:59+00:00

Knock on Weavewood

2019-12-09T19:10:49+00:00

Hennepin County resident Howard H. Thompson innovated wooden dishware. After founding Weavewood Inc. in 1947, he worked with chemists to develop a manufacturing process that applied a resin to his first prototype, a wooden bowl. This new process made the wood non-absorbent. This development [...]

Knock on Weavewood2019-12-09T19:10:49+00:00

The Friendly Beer with the Friendly Flavor: Grain Belt Beer

2019-12-09T19:11:26+00:00

Image from HHM Collections Grain Belt is Minnesota’s best-known beer. The brand has endured a tumultuous history that spans over 125 years, but still has a loyal customer base in the upper Midwest, especially in Hennepin County. The collection at [...]

The Friendly Beer with the Friendly Flavor: Grain Belt Beer2019-12-09T19:11:26+00:00

Short and Sweet: Zieve’s Fruit Nectar

2019-12-09T19:12:00+00:00

Image from HHM Collections Many of us grew up drinking Tang or Kool-Aid. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Hennepin County residents relied on The Zieve Nectar Company for fruit-flavored drinks that could be made at home. This Zieve’s [...]

Short and Sweet: Zieve’s Fruit Nectar2019-12-09T19:12:00+00:00
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