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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

College Educated: Alice Putnam’s 1908 Graduation Cap and Gown

2019-12-09T19:02:22+00:00

Alice Elizabeth Putnam wore this graduation cap and gown at her college commencement ceremony in 1908. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota’s College Of Science, Literature And The Arts. Image from HHM Collections Alice was born [...]

College Educated: Alice Putnam’s 1908 Graduation Cap and Gown2019-12-09T19:02:22+00:00

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