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Minnesota History Center exhibit: Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s

Now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive

Bring the joy of the holidays to a child. Donate a toy and you'll receive one free admission to the "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center or an admission voucher when you donate at any Creative Kidstuff location through December 21.  

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My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks

My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks

Explores the innovative ways Ojibwe men and women on reservations around the Great Lakes sustained both their families and their cultural identity in the face of extreme prejudice and hardship.

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Dred and Harriet Scott

Dred and Harriet Scott in Minnesota

African Americans Dred Scott and Harriet Robinson Scott lived at Fort Snelling in the 1830s as enslaved people. In the 1840s the Scotts sued for their freedom, arguing that having lived in “free territory” made them free. The 1857 Supreme Court decision that grew out of their suit moved the U.S. closer to civil war.


Play the Past

Play the Past

Play the Past is a groundbreaking new way for students to use hand-held technology to explore history and extend their Minnesota History Center field trip back to the classroom.

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Faribault Stewart Plaid Throw

Faribault Stewart Plaid Throw

Faribault Woolen Mill was the first company to introduce a stadium blanket with the introduction of the “Pak-A-Robe” in 1949.

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Camel Stop

A pair of camels getting stopped by the cops during a November 29, 1949 visit to downtown St. Paul...