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The Golden Era of Fake News


Can we trust the news? This familiar question haunted Americans in the 1800s, as they read reports of sinister conspiracies, miracle cures, and even men living on the moon. Whether outright fabrications or the exaggerations of a partisan press, the content of these newspapers entertained, shocked, and outraged readers. Sometimes, it changed the course of history. Join historian Alex Weston for a [...]

The Golden Era of Fake News2020-08-28T15:35:18+00:00

Flour Power: Party Edition


At 7:30 in the morning, more than 1700 milling employees and their family, friends, and supporters, gathered in Minneapolis, picnics in hand, to board special trains that would carry them to Lake Minnetonka for the fourth annual Head Millers' Association picnic. The [...]

Flour Power: Party Edition2020-06-17T21:57:38+00:00

Washbowl of Destiny


A Tale of an Extraordinary Ship and an Ordinary Bowl The USS Monitor was the first ironclad ship, and although it did not have a long life, it left quite a legacy. In fact, Winston Churchill stated, "The combat of the Merrimac [...]

Washbowl of Destiny2017-09-27T10:44:14+00:00

From the Archives: 25th U.S. Infantry at Fort Snelling


Many people today have heard of the famous African American Buffalo Soldiers, but did you know that the Buffalo Soldiers were based here in Minnesota during the 1880s? This photograph, part of Hennepin History Museum's archival collection, shows a group of men [...]

From the Archives: 25th U.S. Infantry at Fort Snelling2017-06-28T11:33:02+00:00

Early Minnesota Medicine: Staying Healthy on the Frontier


The Minnesota frontier could be a frightening place to have an illness by today’s standards. Travel was slow, medical education was unregulated, and medicines were often limited to what you could make with the plants at hand. Many of these medicines that [...]

Early Minnesota Medicine: Staying Healthy on the Frontier2017-06-19T14:06:09+00:00

Maggie Yancey’s 1881 Geology Book


In the late 1800s, Hennepin County was home to a population of African Americans who had moved north to find opportunity after the Civil War, along with those who had escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad. While many traveled north to Canada, [...]

Maggie Yancey’s 1881 Geology Book2017-03-06T14:50:07+00:00

Mahala Fisk Pillsbury’s Inauguration Gown


On a cold day in January 1876, Mahala Fisk Pillsbury of Minneapolis, a prominent community member and philanthropist, took on a new title: Minnesota’s First Lady. Her husband of twenty years, businessman John Sargent Pillsbury, had just been elected for his first [...]

Mahala Fisk Pillsbury’s Inauguration Gown2017-01-18T16:43:24+00:00

Franklin Steele’s Bentwood Chair


By Mara Taft, collections volunteer This chair was used by Franklin Steele (1813-1880), a founder of Minneapolis and prominent in the lumber industry. Stylistically, this a bentwood chair with a cane bottom. Manufactured by the Thonet company in Germany, this chair is [...]

Franklin Steele’s Bentwood Chair2016-12-13T17:51:45+00:00
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