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In Honor of the People

This website is part of a novel collaboration between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society, funded in part by Minnesota's Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment. The American Indian items contained here were amassed by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple and his first and second wives, Cornelia and Evangeline. After Evangeline died in 1930, many of the artifacts were obtained by a Minneapolis antiques dealer, by the Minnesota Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and in 1996, the Minnesota Historical Society. Visitors can take a look through these items, which are located in four sections: Material Culture, People, Places, and Voices. The interface for the site is visually appealing, and clicking on any of these sections will reveal dozens of images, complete with provenance information and further details. The People section is quite revealing, as it contains portraits of American Indians like Taopi and Wakinyanwaste. The Voices area is a real treat, featuring feedback from visitors on the objects here, along with commentary from artists whose art appears in the collection.
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Date Issued 2012
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Date of Scout Publication 2012-09-14
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