Covered trailer with State Fair exhibit artifacts stolen from Merriam Park residence

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 2010 Minnesota State Fair ended on a tragic note for the volunteers of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, a long-standing exhibitor at the fair.

While in temporary storage to make room for the main exhibits of the Territorial Pioneers Log Cabin, a trailer containing dozens of Civil War and turn of century artifacts disappeared from a residence parked in Merriam Park.

The trailer was stolen sometime during the final five days of the State Fair and held nearly two dozen plastic totes of various sizes containing antique wedding dresses, delicate lace pieces, bedspreads, clothing, first-edition books, a weaver's loom, furniture movers, display mannequins and other household novelty items.

"These items are of immeasurable historic value to future generations of Minnesotans and all Americans and have often been on display in the Log Cabin," said Mary Casebolt, Secretary of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers. "We hope residents of Merriam Park and the surrounding area will be observant of an abandoned trailer or a peculiar looking pile of abandoned, delicate lace items, old books and wood pieces . We also hope that antique dealers and garage sale visitors stay alert to the fact that these stolen items could come to their attention and would hope that they would contact the authorities or the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers Organization."

The 6x12 foot covered trailer is described as being silver/gray with a black roof. While the trailer has value, the volunteers of the Territorial Pioneers organization are more interested in retrieving the contents. "To others it might look like trash, but to the Pioneer Organization it has historic and sentimental value," said Casebolt.

Anyone who finds the items is asked to call  651-291-1111. The theft is documented under St Paul Police Case #10-193852; the trailer's license number is (Minn) AACU 767.

The Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer organization that is dependent on member dues and their donations. For the past 100 years, the organization has encouraged the study of Minnesota history and has preserved the portraits, artifacts and records of pioneers to the Minnesota Territory.
The Minnesota Territorial Pioneers can be reached by phone at 651-379-1849 or by email at  To learn more about the items stolen or the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, go to

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