Black and white photograph showing construction of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Construction of the conservatory

Construction of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. March 1889

Construction of the first High bridge

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. March, 1889.

Black and white photograph showing the construction of the Hermann Monument, New Ulm, ca. 1888–1897.

Construction of the Hermann Monument, New Ulm

Construction of the Hermann Monument, New Ulm, ca. 1888–1897.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam, 1914.

Black and white photograph of construction workers in front of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Construction workers in front of the conservatory

Construction workers in front of the conservatory, ca. 1915.

Sepia-tone photograph of railroad construction taken by Benjamin Franklin Upton, c.1868.

Construction, Hastings and Dakota Railroad

Sepia-tone photograph of railroad construction taken by Benjamin Franklin Upton, c.1868.

Continuous cookers, Green Giant Company, LeSueur.

Continuous cookers, Green Giant Company, LeSueur.

Continuous cookers at the canning factory, an innovation that saved time in the canning process, c.1968.

Convention of Colored Citizens program cover

Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Minnesota program, 1869. This program was presented at the first political convention black Minnesotans held after gaining the right to vote. The celebration held on January 1, 1869 in St. Paul also marked the creation of the Sons of Freedom, the first African American civil rights group in Minnesota.

image of a Prussian Model 1809 percussion musket used by the Ninth Infantry

Converted Prussian Model 1809 percussion musket

During the Civil War the Federal Government and the States purchased foreign weapons to complement domestic pieces. This Model 1809 Prussian musket is one of more than 4,500 such weapons added to the Minnesota state arsenal. The outdated Prussian muskets were used for drill training or for issue to troops far behind the front lines, and many were turned over to civilians after the war. This musket was issued to Hans Johan Johnson, a private with Company H of the 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Photograph of Cook’s Bay in Mound c.1950. This is where the Andrews Sisters spent childhood summers. A portion of Maxene Andrews’s ashes were scattered here.

Cook's Bay, Mound

Photograph of Cook’s Bay in Mound, c.1950. This is where the Andrews Sisters spent childhood summers. A portion of Maxene Andrews’s ashes were scattered here.

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