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Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections.

Latest Episodes

A Selection of Minnesota Quilts

A quilt can be something to keep you toasty warm on a chilly night, but it can also be a work of art. Quilts today are often created as serious artistic expression, but quilters of earlier centuries also could focus their work on artistry as much as utility. Textile curator Linda McShannock shows us some of her favorite examples of these artistic quilts from the Society's collection, ranging in date from the 18th Century to the present.

1 min2008 DEC 3
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A Selection of Minnesota Quilts

1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis

As a prelude to this year's Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman takes a look back at the last time the Twin Cities hosted a national convention, the 1892 Republican Convention in Minneapolis. Then as now, the metro area took center stage with a huge influx of delegates, supporters, and of course, media. However, the conditions and the possibility of a surprise outcome were rather different. Take a listen!

4 min2008 AUG 20
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1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis

Suburban Richfield

In recognition of the "Suburban World" exhibit now showing at the History Center, we take a look at Richfield, a classic Minnesota postwar suburb. Excerpts from oral histories with long-time Richfield residents are featured, along with historic photos and documents from the community. (5 min. 8 sec. / 3.91 MB) See additional photos of suburban Richfield in the Visual Resources Database. Read about the postwar boom at the Minnesota's Greatest Generation "In Their Words" website. Order the book Richfield: Minnesota's Oldest Suburb from the online store. Learn more at the Richfield Historical Society.

5 min2008 JUN 12
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Suburban Richfield

Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art

Senior Curator Marcia Anderson gives a brief overview of the new exhibit Selections from the Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art, now on view at the Minnesota History Center. This podcast includes biographical information about Bishop Whipple as well as a closer look at a few pieces from his fabulous collection. (6 min. / 3.64 MB)

6 min2008 FEB 21
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Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art

Looking Back/Moving Forward

Brian Szott, Curator of Art, shares five of his favorite new additions to the Minnesota Historical Society's fine art collection. (3 min. 38 sec. / 2.08 MB)

3 min2007 NOV 22
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Looking Back/Moving Forward
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Latest Episodes

A Selection of Minnesota Quilts

A quilt can be something to keep you toasty warm on a chilly night, but it can also be a work of art. Quilts today are often created as serious artistic expression, but quilters of earlier centuries also could focus their work on artistry as much as utility. Textile curator Linda McShannock shows us some of her favorite examples of these artistic quilts from the Society's collection, ranging in date from the 18th Century to the present.

1 min2008 DEC 3
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A Selection of Minnesota Quilts

1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis

As a prelude to this year's Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman takes a look back at the last time the Twin Cities hosted a national convention, the 1892 Republican Convention in Minneapolis. Then as now, the metro area took center stage with a huge influx of delegates, supporters, and of course, media. However, the conditions and the possibility of a surprise outcome were rather different. Take a listen!

4 min2008 AUG 20
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1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis

Suburban Richfield

In recognition of the "Suburban World" exhibit now showing at the History Center, we take a look at Richfield, a classic Minnesota postwar suburb. Excerpts from oral histories with long-time Richfield residents are featured, along with historic photos and documents from the community. (5 min. 8 sec. / 3.91 MB) See additional photos of suburban Richfield in the Visual Resources Database. Read about the postwar boom at the Minnesota's Greatest Generation "In Their Words" website. Order the book Richfield: Minnesota's Oldest Suburb from the online store. Learn more at the Richfield Historical Society.

5 min2008 JUN 12
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Suburban Richfield

Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art

Senior Curator Marcia Anderson gives a brief overview of the new exhibit Selections from the Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art, now on view at the Minnesota History Center. This podcast includes biographical information about Bishop Whipple as well as a closer look at a few pieces from his fabulous collection. (6 min. / 3.64 MB)

6 min2008 FEB 21
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Bishop Whipple Collection of American Indian Art

Looking Back/Moving Forward

Brian Szott, Curator of Art, shares five of his favorite new additions to the Minnesota Historical Society's fine art collection. (3 min. 38 sec. / 2.08 MB)

3 min2007 NOV 22
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Looking Back/Moving Forward
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