City Hall

City Hall

The first City Hall building of Waconia, c.1890. This building was destroyed during the Waconia Cyclone on August 20, 1904. When the upper floor fell, wooden chairs on that floor remained standing perfectly straight in their rows.

Black and white photograph of Waconia City Hall after the storm, 1904.

City Hall after the storm

Up close detail of the damage done to the City Hall, 1904. In the center can be seen the rows of chairs dropped with the second story which remained standing in their rows.

Black and white photograph of civil defense instructor training, 1962.

Civil defense instructor training

Civil defense instructor training, 1962.

Civil War bullets

Civil War bullets

Six bullets retrieved from the Mill Springs Battlefield by George L. Gates, Co. A, Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Image of hand-painted drum composed of a walnut-stained wood shell and black hoops with rope tuning cords.

Civil War drum

Hand-painted drum composed of a walnut-stained wood shell and black hoops with rope tuning cords. The drum was used in the Civil War by Calvin R. Fix, a private in the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment who rose to the rank of Principal Musician in the Eleventh Minnesota.

Color image of Civil War percussion cap box used by Hans H. Danielson of Company G, Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Civil War percussion cap box used by Hans H. Danielson of Company G, Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Civil War percussion cap box used by Hans H. Danielson of Company G, Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Civil War saxhorn

Civil War saxhorn

Saxhorn used by Kelsey D. Chase, Co. K, Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Civil War surgical instruments and case

Civil War surgical instruments and case

Civil War surgical instruments and case, 1861-1865. This kit used by a Fifth Minnesota Infantry Regiment surgeon, with its prominent amputation saws and scarificators for bloodletting, illustrates the reliance of physicians in the era before germ theory on "heroic" medical interventions.

Civil War veterans' organization badge

Civil War veteran's badge

Civil War veterans' organization badge that belonged to a veteran of Company A, Tenth Minnesota Infantry, c.1870.

Civilian Conservation Corps - 75th anniversary

The month of March 2008 marked the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, established March 31, 1933. Curator Matt Anderson commemorates the occasion with a look at CCC pieces in the Minnesota Historical Societys collection.

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