minnesota historical society


Alexander Ramsey House by Sue.Ann
Via Flickr:
Alexander Ramsey served as both the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state. Construction on the home began in 1868. The family lived in the home until the granddaughters, who never married, died in 1959 and 1964. They left the house and all its contents to the Minnesota Historical Society, founded in part by their grandfather in 1849.

Everything Is Easier With You

Written for @waywardjoy and her 500 followers challenge, Love The Ships. 

My ship is Dean x Donna. My prompt (in bold) was: “Why won’t you just admit it?”“Because! You don’t understand, if I say it out loud that means it’s real. If I keep it in, I can pretend that it isn’t happening.” 

Word Count: 2962

Warnings: Smut, Fluff, Angst (a little, it is Dean…), talking like a Minnesotan (probably a warning!)

Thank you to @chelsea072498 for the review!

Dean’s phone buzzed for the the upteenth time since they sat down to eat.

“Who the hell are you texting so much?” Sam asked his brother, irritated by the constant interruptions while trying to discuss their current case.

“Don’t worry about it, McNosey.” Dean retorted before taking another bite of his burger.

“Whatever. As I was saying about the case, I think it’s a small nest of vamps. It’s just a milk run. We should be back on the road home tomorrow.” Sam told him, gesturing to the server for their bill.

“Oh, okay, I guess we could just head home.” Dean sounded a little disappointed.

“What? You wanted this case to take longer?” Sam was surprised by his brother’s words, then it dawned on him. “Well, we could always take a few days off. I have always wanted to check out the Minnesota Historical Society. Maybe we could swing through and you could drop me off.”

“My god, you’re such a nerd.” Dean snarked, the smirk playing at his lips did not go unnoticed by his brother. “But if you insist, I guess I could find something to do.”

“Great! Why don’t you let Donna know you should be there by noon.” Sam gathered his things and made his way out to the Impala, leaving Dean speechless.

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Edward Bromley’s Fort Snelling

A Brief History: Fort Snelling is a well-known landmark to many in the Twin cities area, due to its historical value and picturesque appearance atop a bluff at the convergence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The nine mile long tract of land that the fort is built on was purchased from the Sioux Nation by Lieut. Zebulon Pike for a price of $2,000 in 1805. The land was bare until 1819 when Lieut. Col. Henry Leavenworth and his troops were ordered to erect a fort at the convergence of the two rivers. Preparations began right away, but it wasn’t until 1820 when Col. Josiah Snelling arrived and relieved Leavenworth of his duty, that the first cornerstone was laid. Two years later troops began moving into what was then a simple log fort named Fort St. Anthony, a name chosen by Snelling himself. In 1824 however, at the recommendation of General Winfield Scott, the name of the fort was forever changed to Fort Snelling. By 1830 stone buildings, walls, and even a hospital began to take shape but those improvements would not be completed until 1849.

The fort was officially decommissioned by the War Department in 1946 but continued hosting the United States Army Reserve 205th Infantry Brigade until their disbandment in 1994. In 1960 the fort was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the first large scale military outpost in the area, and restoration efforts were undertaken by the Minnesota Historical Society. To this day the MHS is still the major caretaker of the fort and have converted the area inside the walls to closely resemble what it would have looked like in its early years. They also hire personnel to reenact what day-to-day life would have resembled to help visitors better understand the long history of the fort. 

Edward Bromley: The photographs above are from a collection of glass plate negatives by photographer, photograph collector, and historian Edward A. Bromley. The Bromley Collection at the Hennepin County Library includes photographs by Bromley as well as other images from the time which were collected by Bromley. 

This post was researched and written by Special Collections intern David Bruso, who spent a portion of his internship cleaning and re-scanning the Bromley Collection. The collection will be made available online later this year.