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Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 24 11 am - 3 pm | St. Paul

Spend Thanksgiving break at the History Center with this make-it-take-it activity for families. 

Fri., Nov 24
History Hound Hijinx: Thanksgiving Break
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Nov 25
History Hound Hijinx: Thanksgiving Break
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Nov 26
Museum Store Sunday
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sun., Nov 26
History Hound Hijinx: Thanksgiving Break
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Nov 26
WOW! Family Sundays: Dancing Then, Dancing Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
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Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

A photographic celebration of musicians, artists, and everyday scenes from the Twin Cities African American community of the 1970s and ’80s​.​

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Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

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UPDATE: The state of Minnesota provided $4 million for design work at Historic Fort Snelling in the 2017 Legislative Session. MNHS is advocating for the remaining $30 million for construction in 2018. Send a note to thank your state leaders for funding the design work and ask that they support construction funding in the 2018 session. Read more about the project.

Featured MNopedia Article

The first board members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), 1968.

AIM Patrol, Minneapolis

November is Native American Heritage Month. Formed in August of 1968, the American Indian Movement Patrol (AIM Patrol) was a citizens’ patrol created in response to police brutality against American Indian people in Minneapolis.


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6th Grade Minnesota History Pass

Sixth graders can go to any MNHS location for FREE! It's a great way for children to explore history during non-school hours.

Collections Item of the Day

This Ojibwe beaded necklace is made of multiple strands of glass seed beads with a medallion at center, which is an image of what appears to be two scorpions facing one another. It was made by members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, probably for the tourist trade, circa 1930.

Gale Family Library

Maude Kegg with wiigob for basketmaking, Mille Lacs, 1947

Native American Heritage Month​

Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. Learn more about Maude Kegg and Ojibwe culture and history at the Gale Family Library.


African Americans in WW1

African Americans in WW1

During World War I, African Americans were asked to help make the world "safe for democracy" and contribute to the war effort, though they were denied equality at home. Learn more about their experience.