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The Oldest Hospital in Minneapolis

2019-12-09T19:02:53+00:00

Image from HHM Collections Throughout the years, the area around the present-day Hennepin County Medical Center in the Elliot Park Neighborhood was home to seven different medical organizations, and one of those was the St. Barnabas Hospital and School of [...]

The Oldest Hospital in Minneapolis2019-12-09T19:02:53+00:00

Building Bridges: The Minneapolis Skyway System

2019-12-09T19:03:25+00:00

Image from HHM Collections This wooden souvenir jewelry box dates to 1980. While the object itself may seem mundane, there is an interesting story to tell about what can be seen here. The image on the lid of the box is [...]

Building Bridges: The Minneapolis Skyway System2019-12-09T19:03:25+00:00

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

2019-12-09T19:08:08+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 Brewing2019-12-09T19:08:08+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

Jerry Sears: A Story of Slavery in Minnesota

2019-12-09T19:09:24+00:00

Usually the first location that comes to mind when thinking about topic of slavery is the southern United States. However, Minnesota, “the Star of the North,” has a long and dark history as part of the nation’s greatest shame. The most infamous case of slavery in the Minnesota [...]

Jerry Sears: A Story of Slavery in Minnesota2019-12-09T19:09:24+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