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‘Tis the Season


Join historian Alex Weston to examine the history of various holiday traditions as they have been observed in Minnesota over the last 150 years.

‘Tis the Season2020-11-18T16:54:43+00:00

Nordic Ware’s Bundt Pan


Nordic Ware boasts a long history of innovative engineering and manufacturing of cookware. Their most famous product is undoubtably the Bundt pan. Today more than 70 million American households have one of these iconic pans in their kitchens. Despite producing a wide [...]

Nordic Ware’s Bundt Pan2018-08-27T16:27:21+00:00

Take the Bitter with the Sweet: Abdallah’s Banana Split Dish


This banana split dish is from the 4th generation family owned business established by Lebanese immigrant Albert Abdallah. Albert opened Calhoun Candy Depot in 1909 on the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. In 1916 [...]

Take the Bitter with the Sweet: Abdallah’s Banana Split Dish2018-04-02T16:15:39+00:00

Les Amis d’Escoffier Dinner at the Hotel Radisson


Hungry? This souvenir plate commemorates the 1957 menu for the annual Friends of Escoffier dinner. The banquet was one of the highlights of the Twin Cities’ gastronomic calendars, and provided an opportunity for the host hotel – in this case, the Hotel [...]

Les Amis d’Escoffier Dinner at the Hotel Radisson2018-02-13T09:29:14+00:00

A Large Coffee, Please


This monumental coffee pot shaped coffee grinder is crafted of cast iron and aluminum. It was manufactured by the American Duplex Company of Louisville Kentucky. The grinder offers several features or settings for achieving the desired grind, and ultimately, the perfect cup [...]

A Large Coffee, Please2018-01-02T12:37:01+00:00

Please Pass the Mustard


This unmarked pressed glass cruet set was used at the Russell Hotel and Coffee Shop, located at 14-18 South Fourth Street in downtown Minneapolis. The set consists of a glass caddy with stainless steel handle and four glass condiment containers. For its [...]

Please Pass the Mustard2017-12-26T09:27:11+00:00

Hungry for History: Pie Edition


Did you know that Hennepin History Museum is home to an extensive historic cookbook collection? The collection includes dozens of community cookbooks created by local churches, hospitals, schools, businesses, and other organizations, as well as cookbooks  by local authors or featuring local [...]

Hungry for History: Pie Edition2017-11-20T10:58:24+00:00

An Inedible Arrangement: Samples from the History of a Local Landmark


This appetizing assortment of biscuits sits in a frame that was once a display “window” on the outside of the Burch Pharmacy at Hennepin and Franklin Avenues in Minneapolis. It contains 22 different products, all made by Huntley & Palmers, an English [...]

An Inedible Arrangement: Samples from the History of a Local Landmark2017-08-04T11:08:47+00:00
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