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Fragment of rope which formed part of the noose used to hang William Willams

Fragment of execution rope

Fragment of execution rope used to hang William Williams in 1906. The rope was too long, causing a slow, grisly death and prompting Minnesota to end the death penalty. Williams was the last person to be executed in Minnesota.

Fragment of execution rope

Fragment of execution rope

Fragment of execution rope used to hang William Williams in 1906. The rope was too long, causing a slow, grisly death and prompting Minnesota to end the death penalty. Williams was the last person to be executed in Minnesota.

Framed portrait of Spangenbergs

Framed portrait of Spangenbergs

Portrait of Frederick Sr. and Anna Spangenberg in a frame, c.1868.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore seated, 1928.

Frances Densmore

Portrait of Frances Densmore, 1928.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore outside of tipi with American Indians, 1900.

Frances Densmore

Frances Densmore with American Indians outside of a tipi, 1900.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore, 1949.

Frances Densmore

Portrait of Frances Densmore, 1949.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore with American Indian instruments.

Frances Densmore

Frances Densmore researched and recorded the music of American Indians from the 1890s through the 1950s, preserving important cultural traditions that might otherwise have been lost.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore being presented with citation by Harold Dean Carter.

Frances Densmore being presented with the a citation from Harold Dean Cater (MHS Director)

Frances Densmore being presented with a citation from Harold Dean Carter, director of the Minnesota Historical Society 1954.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore seated on ground with others at Pigeon River, c. 1905.

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River, c. 1905.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief who is interpreting a recording.

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief (Sioux), Chief is interpreting a recording with sign language

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief, a Dakota man, 1914. He is interpreting a recording for her with sign language.

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