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A Public History of 35W: Virtual Art Workshop


This virtual program will invite participants to develop a creative response to a presentation on the history of 35W in South Minneapolis. No prior artistic experience is required and all skill levels are welcome. This artistic response is simply meant to be [...]

A Public History of 35W: Virtual Art Workshop2020-05-16T20:06:14+00:00

The History of Handicrafts in the Great Minnesota Get-Together and How Changing Attitudes Have Shaped the Fair 


This intricate model stage coach made of metal and fabric was entered into the State Fair Craft Show in 1971. According to the ribbon still attached to one side, it won 4th place. An adhesive label on the same side indicates this is a model of a Concord Stage Coach [...]

The History of Handicrafts in the Great Minnesota Get-Together and How Changing Attitudes Have Shaped the Fair 2018-08-22T16:15:38+00:00

Voices of Norway


This banner, made for the Norse Male Chorus in 1886, showcases stunning embroidery in shades of yellow, gold, green, and ivory, on a backing of ivory cotton. The central design is a classical lyre surrounded by a circlet of oak leaves and [...]

Voices of Norway2017-12-11T08:24:10+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

Finding Family at HHM


We love stories like this! Last week, Thomas P. came to HHM docent Shari Albers' Fireside Chat about our historic Washburn Fair Oaks neighborhood and enjoyed the program so much he decided to become a member. He loves art and is a collector [...]

Finding Family at HHM2017-01-13T15:21:14+00:00

Bust of Thomas Chan by Helen Zesbaugh


Written by current HHM volunteer Mara Taft. Original research and article by Bruce N. Wright, and published in Hennepin History, Fall 2000. Helen A. Zesbaugh, an artist and author associated with an art gallery in Minneapolis, created this stainless steel bust of [...]

Bust of Thomas Chan by Helen Zesbaugh2017-01-03T19:05:56+00:00

Frances Cranmer Greenman


Hennepin History Museum has an extensive portrait collection. In some cases, it's the subject who has the most fascinating story, other times it's the artist, and in some cases, it's both. In this case - a drawing of Emma Cranmer, done by [...]

Frances Cranmer Greenman2016-08-23T15:58:51+00:00