Visit to the Minnesota History Center
Wow, what an amazing trip! Today I had the opportunity to take a peek at some of the books in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection. There’s quite an amazing range! I went with the bookmaking class I’m currently taking, so we focused on artist books, but the curator also showed us some really old books and maps, as well as a quick tour of what he calls the Batcave–the room where all the archives are stored. Think the warehouse from Indiana Jones, and you’ll be close.
Unfortunately, all I had with me was my phone, which takes terrible colour photos.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of the oldest books in the collection. One is from the 1490s. The pages were surprisingly supple, and it was printed in Latin and Italian in Venice. The other is one of the original books by Father Hennepin, who explored Minnesota (at least, that what I was told–not being a Minnesota native, I’m not up to snuff on my local history). It had fold-out illustrations and maps that were highly detailed, including one that included a buffalo and a possum hanging from a tree.
Such a treat!