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Black and white photograph of a cluster of Minneapolis sawmills, c.1865.

Log flumes and West Side sawmills, Minneapolis

Cluster of Minneapolis sawmills, c.1865.

Color image of woman's white ermine tippet and muff set made c.1840.

Fur accessories associated with the American Fur Company

Woman's white ermine tippet and muff set made c.1840 from pelts collected by traders working for the American Fur Company. Worn by Sarah Alexandrine Sibley, sister of American Fur Company agent Henry Sibley, during an 1840 visit to Washington, DC.

Color image of dark red trade beads.

Dark red trade beads

Four trade beads created in the eighteenth or early nineteenth century. These European-made objects took on new meaning and significance in the context of the fur trade.

Color image of glass trade beads

Glass trade beads

Thirty-nine barrel-drawn, unevenly faceted glass beads created in the eighteenth or early nineteenth century.

How Business and Industry Have Shaped the State

Trading Posts and Big Boxes: The Social, Political, and Economic Importance of Minnesota Business

Expert Essay: Associate professor of history Tracey Deutsch reveals how Minnesota trading traditions, businesses, and industries both large and small have influenced the course of Minnesota history.

Color image of Sibley House Historic Site, 2014.

Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota

Sibley House Historic Site, 2014.

Black and white photograph of Henry H. Sibley while he was the director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, 1889.

Henry H. Sibley, director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce

Henry H. Sibley while he was the director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, 1889.

Color image of a fur trading license issued to Henry H. Sibley, 1838.

Fur trading license issued to Henry H. Sibley

This document, dated June 26, 1838, permits Henry Sibley to trade with the Mdewakanton Dakota at the St. Peters (Minnesota) River near Fort Snelling for one year.

Swede Hollow

Nestled into a small valley between the mansions of Dayton's Bluff and St. Paul proper, Swede Hollow was a bustling community tucked away from the prying eyes of the city above. It lacked more than it offered; houses had no plumbing, electricity, or yards, and there were no roads or businesses. In spite of this, it provided a home to the poorest immigrants in St. Paul for nearly a century.

Minnesota Building

Built in 1929, the Minnesota Building represents a turning point in the economic history of downtown St. Paul and the architectural history of the entire Twin Cities area.

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