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Painting of Matt Bue at Lanesboro Historical Museum. Image courtesy of Lanesboro Historical Museum.
Image Courtesy of Lanesboro Historical Museum
Lanesboro, MN high school student interviews subject as part of Smithsonian Institute Museums on Main Street project.
Image courtesy of Lanesboro Arts.
Courtesy of the Lansboro Historical Museum.
I was so intrigued by this post that I visitede this orphanage museum last week. I had dug around in some archives of orphanages out in Philadelphia a couple years ago, read up on some of their history, and on some of the academic work on orphanages in the late 1800’s and first half of the 1900’s. But while I grew up in Minnesota and moved back to the state from Philly three years ago, I had somehow never heard of the Minnesota Public School State Orphanage Museum! I thank Anne Peterson for taking the time to show me around.
It goes without saying that people bring us interesting things as artifact donations. As often as possible, we try and get the story that goes with the interesting artifacts, in order to make them even more interesting. Sometimes, though, the full story of an object is not known to anyone still living, and the most that we can get is tantalizing hints.
The doll pictured here falls into the latter category.
[Editor's note: Today's Museum of Minnesota entry comes from Wendy Biorn, Executive Director of the Carver County Historic Society. It will be the first in a series of posts centered around the Society's preservation of an historic barn on the Andrew Petersen Farmstead. Wendy's posts will come every six weeks or so.]
There were so many of these children across the Midwest! Wisconsin had a similar state school, and thousands of children passed through it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Thanks for your great work, Anne Peterson, and your great blog. Here at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul, MN, we are inspired by your work.