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Madame Mitchell and the Hat-Making Industry

2020-05-04T21:03:54+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 Industry2020-05-04T21:03:54+00:00

From the Magazine: Teamsters Strike of 1934

2020-05-01T14:13:04+00:00

    If you are heading outside in Minneapolis this May Day, consider taking a stroll over to the intersection of North 7th Avenue and North 3rd Street in the North Loop. There on the corner of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company building [...]

From the Magazine: Teamsters Strike of 19342020-05-01T14:13:04+00:00

A Siren’s Song: The German Zither

2020-04-08T16:09:14+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 Zither2020-04-08T16:09:14+00:00

Elizabeth Calderwood Case: A Minnetonka Socialite

2020-04-10T18:03:55+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 Socialite2020-04-10T18:03:55+00:00

Memories of the Metrodome

2020-03-31T14:53:12+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 Metrodome2020-03-31T14:53:12+00:00

From the Archives: Company B Last Man Club

2020-03-29T21:16:39+00:00

  "We are still marching on ... Let's keep in touch" Company B Last Man Club was an organization of Spanish-American War Veterans from Company B of the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. The Thirteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry served during the Spanish American War of [...]

From the Archives: Company B Last Man Club2020-03-29T21:16:39+00:00

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy

2020-03-23T18:52:06+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 Philanthropy2020-03-23T18:52:06+00:00

Commedia Theater Company Collection

2020-03-04T20:32:47+00:00

Commedia Theater Company was a professional, improvisational touring theater from 1975 until the early-1990s. It specialized in outdoor park performances and toured across seven states within the Midwest and Canada. Former members of Shakespeare in the Streets Company created Commedia after their original company [...]

Commedia Theater Company Collection2020-03-04T20:32:47+00:00

MnDOT Right of Way Collection

2019-12-09T19:14:39+00:00

Hennepin History Museum’s archive collection of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) materials offers a glimpse into the world of highway construction planning. The materials in the collection are mainly impartial data collected for right of way surveys done in the 1950s through the 1970s. This small snapshot into the workings [...]

MnDOT Right of Way Collection2019-12-09T19:14:39+00:00