As you would expect of a history museum, our collection includes artifacts that are more than a century old: a wool blanket made from sheep shearing done at the Sly Farm in the 1880s, pieces of the 1857 Edina Mill, a crazy quilt sewn by Morningside pioneer Eliza Grimes and her daughters.
What you might not expect are items that are just weeks old, like this Southdale scarf created for the Grand Reopening of Southdale Center in September.
Bob Kojetin, one of our board members, bought the "very limited edition" scarf designed Jenna Freimuth, winner of the mall's design contest and donated it the same day. It will join other objects, documents and photos in our Southdale collection.
Freimuth said the design is inspired by Southdale and Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. The Simon Youth Foundation receives $20 for each scarf sold. The Scarf also includes a tag stating "Designed Exclusively for Southdale Center" and a "Southdale Center" (below photo) as part of the design.
I'm not sure if any of the scarves are left. Visit Guest Services at the mall for more information.
Do you have any Southdale Center items, new or old, to donate? We'd love to have a complete collection of mall maps, boxes or shopping bags from memorable stores, old employee ID badges or even the giant bird cage that graced Garden Court. What Southdale artifacts should we try to collect and preserve? Comment here or email me with your ideas.
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