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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

Hayward and Effie McKerson


Archival donations come to the museum through a variety of sources. This past spring the archive received a donation from Walker Methodist Care Center. Dr. Hayward McKerson had passed away in December 2017 and with no known surviving family members, the care center reached out to the archive to see if [...]

Hayward and Effie McKerson2019-01-15T19:24:15+00:00

Blood in the Streets: Governor Floyd B. Olson and the Teamsters’ Strike of 1934 


In 1934, the streets of Minneapolis were a battleground. Teamsters had declared a city-wide strike to end discrimination against union workers, and their cars of strikers chased heavily-guarded trucks to keep them from crossing picket lines. Roving battles were waged between convoys [...]

Blood in the Streets: Governor Floyd B. Olson and the Teamsters’ Strike of 1934 2018-08-06T10:39:44+00:00

Minneapolis Hosts the Woman’s Relief Corps


Long before women won the right to vote in 1920, women were given the opportunity to vote in small-scale local elections through organizations like the National Woman’s Relief Corps (WRC). This ballot box was used by the women of the WRC to [...]

Minneapolis Hosts the Woman’s Relief Corps2018-03-05T13:50:15+00:00

An Unconventional Convention Desk


By Evan Walker This desk was made by students in the industrial arts class at South High School for the 1892 Republican National Convention. The chairman of the Republican Party, James S. Clarkson, sat behind it during the first and only major [...]

An Unconventional Convention Desk2017-09-18T11:10:32+00:00

From the Collection: 1914 Voting Machine


  By Olivia Schiffman, HHM Collections Intern This ballot box, last used in Minnesota’s gubernatorial election of 1914, still holds the place cards that name the men running for office on the state and local level. On November 3, 1914, Minnesotans elected their 18th [...]

From the Collection: 1914 Voting Machine2017-01-31T22:26:37+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

Humphrey for Mayor


If you've lived in the Twin Cities for long - or even if you've just passed through the MSP airport frequently - you're likely aware of our local Humphrey connections. Those not originally from here are more likely to associate Hubert H. [...]

Humphrey for Mayor2016-03-15T00:12:36+00:00

The Skinny Cats of Minnesota Politics


  It's an election year, and the collective eye has once again turned to politics. Hennepin History Museum's collection is filled with campaign materials, including this pin once belonging to a Rudy Boschwitz supporter. Rudy Boschwitz was born in Germany, moving as a [...]

The Skinny Cats of Minnesota Politics2016-02-27T08:53:23+00:00
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