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Memories of the Metrodome

2020-03-30T20:00:17+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 Metrodome2020-03-30T20:00:17+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

Minneapolis City Hall: A Cupful of History

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

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+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

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

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

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+00:00

Bowties: The Life and Stories of Carl Richard Jacobi

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

  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+00:00

Leeann Chin: The Woman Behind the Empire

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

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+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

Secret Societies and Female Leadership in Hennepin County

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

  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+00:00