Thorstein Veblen Farmstead

The Thorstein Veblen Farmstead is a historic landmark in Nerstrand, Minnesota. From 1866 until 1888, it was the primary home of Thorstein Veblen (1857–1929), a son of Norwegian immigrants who would become a world-renowned economist and social scientist. His most famous work, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), introduced the term “conspicuous consumption.” The ten-acre farmstead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and designated a National Historical Landmark in 1981.

Advertisement for the Minneapolis Foundation featuring Oscar Howard. Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, page E3, November 8, 1995.

Advertisement for the Minneapolis Foundation

Advertisement for the Minneapolis Foundation featuring Oscar Howard. Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, page E3, November 8, 1995.

Photo related to United Negro College Fund. Pictured are (left to right) Oscar and Virginia Howard, Minneapolis Mayor Donald Fraser, and Claudeth and Gene Washington, December 1984. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), personal papers (1945–1990), Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

United Negro College Fund

Photo related to United Negro College Fund. Pictured are (left to right) Oscar and Virginia Howard, Minneapolis Mayor Donald Fraser, and Claudeth and Gene Washington, December 1984. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), personal papers (1945–1990), Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Oscar C. Howard (right) and a Byerly’s grocery store employee near a display of Chef Oscar’s BBQ Sauce, ca. 1980s. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, 68601, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Oscar C. Howard at Byerly’s

Oscar C. Howard (right) and a Byerly’s grocery store employee near a display of Chef Oscar’s BBQ Sauce, ca. 1980s. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, 68601, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Plastic container for frozen pork chittlings, marketed and sold from the late 1960s to 1970s by Oscar C. Howard under the Chef Oscar brand.

Chef Oscar’s pork chittlings

Plastic container for frozen pork chittlings, marketed and sold from the late 1960s to 1970s by Oscar C. Howard under the Chef Oscar brand.

Howard’s Cafeteria with four catering delivery vehicles, 3300 Fourth Ave South, Minneapolis, ca. 1970s. Photo by H.M. Schwang Photo Co. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Howard’s Cafeteria

Howard’s Cafeteria with four catering delivery vehicles, 3300 Fourth Ave South, Minneapolis, ca. 1970s. Photo by H.M. Schwang Photo Co. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Training classroom at Howard’s Self-Service Cafeteria. Published in the Minneapolis Spokesman, March 4, 1965. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Class at Howard's Self-Service Cafeteria

Training classroom at Howard’s Self-Service Cafeteria. Published in the Minneapolis Spokesman, March 4, 1965. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990 (P1842), Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Handwritten mass-quantity recipe for chow mein, used by Oscar Howard in his catering business. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990, Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Recipe for chow mein

Handwritten mass-quantity recipe for chow mein, used by Oscar Howard in his catering business. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990, Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Handwritten mass-quantity recipes for Swedish meatballs and creamed chipped beef, used by Oscar C. Howard in his catering business. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990, Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Recipes written by Oscar C. Howard

Handwritten mass-quantity recipes for Swedish meatballs and creamed chipped beef, used by Oscar C. Howard in his catering business. Oscar C. Howard papers, 1945–1990, Cafeteria and Industrial Catering Business, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Paper order form used in the late 1960s by customers of Oscar C. Howard’s Meals on Wheels food delivery program.

Meals on Wheels order form

Paper order form used in the late 1960s by customers of Oscar C. Howard’s Meals on Wheels food delivery program.

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