We Want Your Shoes … For St. Nick

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Weyerhaeuser Museum Requests Shoes for St. Nicholas Day

Americans are familiar with the tradition of hanging stockings, typically by a fireplace, as part of a Christmas celebration. If girls and boys behave themselves during the year, Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, will fill those stockings with goodies during his stealthy Christmas Eve visit.

This tradition started with St. Nicholas Day, which falls on an earlier December day than Christmas Eve. Other countries celebrate by putting out shoes or boots, not stockings.

The Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS) is getting in the holiday spirit by requesting shoes from the public for a special exhibit during the month of December. MCHS will be celebrating St. Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 6, 2014, with a public event at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.

According to Ann Marie Johnson, MCHS curator of collections, “St. Nicholas Day is a natural outgrowth of our current showcase exhibit, Saunter: On the Path of the Pedestrian. We want to keep the theme, which includes shoes and people’s mobility, going. The connection of shoes to St. Nicholas Day was too good to pass up.”

MCHS will be collecting shoes, one pair per person, throughout the month of November. Morrison County residents are invited to drop their shoes off at the Weyerhaeuser Museum during its open hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum staff will ask why the shoes being offered are special to their owners and will include this information in the exhibit.

The exhibit will open on St. Nicholas Day and run through December, culminating in another pedestrian-related event, a New Year’s Eve Candlelight Hike between the Weyerhaeuser Museum, Lindbergh State Park and the Lindbergh Historic Site.

For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007. Shoes may be dropped off at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, 2151 South Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls, MN.

Zombie Attack!

Mary Warner, Morrison County Historical Society & Mike Worcester, Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio, presenting Zombie Attack at the AASLH Conference in St. Paul, September 19, 2014. Ann Marie Johnson, our partner in crime, took the photo.

Mary Warner, Morrison County Historical Society & Mike Worcester, Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio, presenting Zombie Attack at the AASLH Conference in St. Paul, September 19, 2014. Ann Marie Johnson, our partner in crime, took the photo.

During the annual conference of the American Association for State & Local History last week, staff from the Morrison County Historical Society and Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio presented a session called “Zombie Attack!” It was meant to help museum professionals have fun while working on disaster planning. Judging by how much people were interacting by the end of the session, we think we were successful in our mission.

We promised to post the “Zombie Attack!” materials on our website when we returned. A number of conference attendees requested them. Because there are several documents associated with the session, we created a page on “Zombie Attack!” in our Museum Life section.

 

Collections Carousel – Z. N. Barnes Cats

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Z. N. Barnes loved cats, or at least he loved taking pictures of them. One family cat in particular, a beautiful tabby , was photographed numerous times in various states of repose – sleeping, snoozing, staring; in boxes, on chairs, in doll beds, on rugs and on people. Affectionate creatures, cats make wonderful photographic material, as Z. N.’s pictures show.

Z. (Zueingles) N. (Norris) Barnes was born in Wisconsin in July of 1859 to (William) Wallace and Olive (Nettleson) Barnes. In 1884, Z. N. married Mary Jemimah Brown (1867-1930) of Wisconsin. Z. N. and Mary had one daughter, Mildred Wanda Barnes. In 1895, the family moved to Little Falls, Minnesota, where Z. N. worked as a salesman for the Pine Tree Lumber Company. Twelve years later he formed the Morrison County Lumber Company with two other Pine Tree Lumber Company employees. In 1920, he resigned as manager for the company and opened his own fuel business, selling wood and coal to local residents. In 1928, he sold the business to Lampert Bros. Lumber Company of Little Falls.

In his spare time, Z N. was an amateur photographer who took professional quality photographs. Among his favorite subject matters were his family, the local landscape and wildlife. Albums of photographs taken by Z. N. in the collections of the Morrison County Historical Society include photos of cows, deer, horses, goats, dogs, sheep, ducks, elk, fish and butterflies as well as that wonderful family cat.

For more information on Z. N. and his photographs see Collections Carousel – Z. N. Barnes, Travelling Photographer and Morrison County Influentials.

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Mildred Wanda Barnes and Cat. Circa 1902. Z. N. Barnes, Photographer.