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A Siren’s Song: The German Zither


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


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


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


  "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 Club2020-09-02T15:10:40+00:00

The Zuhrah Fez: A Symbol of Fraternity and Philanthropy


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


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


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 Collection2020-09-02T15:13:51+00:00

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


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


  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
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