Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102



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Ice Cream!

Tastes Like Summer: Celebrating National Ice Cream Month at the Gale Family Library

Nothing screams summer in Minnesota quite like some cool delicious ice cream, and--while you can’t bring the tasty treat into the library here at the Minnesota Historical Society--we do have some great collections to inspire your next ice cream adventure.  

Women eating ice cream cones., approx. 1908.


If you search for “ice cream” in Collections Online, you will discover dozens of images featuring people enjoying a tasty treat, an inside look at ice cream parlors and manufacturing plants, iconic ice cream trucks in action, and assorted ice cream paraphernalia. 

Kemps Ice Cream Truck, 1921.Pillsbury related advertising image of Jolly Green Giant holding a Haagen-Dazs ice cream container, standing near the Pillsbury Doughboy holding an ice cream cone

Ice cream manufacturing, Crescent Creamery, St. Paul Small Boy with Ice Cream Cone People enjoying ice cream at Grand Ole Creamery



Searching for “ice cream” in our online catalog will reveal a number of books, as well as advertising records from the Northland Milk & Ice Cream Company.  There are even sources with information on laws related to ice cream mix and frozen foods--for all you legal researchers out there.  
Here are a few of our favorite titles from the stacks:

Dr. A. K. Cohen making ice cream., 1939.

Inspired by this photograph of Dr. A.K. Cohen making ice cream from 1939?  We invite you to give it a try using a recipe for making homemade ice cream taken from The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories found in the Reading Room here at the Gale Family Library (Call #:  Reading Room TX 715 .W818).  Enjoy the fruits of Barbara M. Walker’s research, inspired by the reference to making ice cream in Wilder’s book Farmer Boy.  For the full story, you’ll have to take a look at the book; but we’ve put the essence of the recipe right here for you, in printable format.