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Featured Events

Harvest Days

Oct 19 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Experience the last days of harvest in a festive work atmosphere on the historic Kelley Farm.

Tue., Oct 16
History Lounge: When Republicans Were Progressive
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., Oct 18
2018 Annual Meeting
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Oct 20
Crucial Conversations: Refugees and Minnesota
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Oct 20
Minneapolis Brewery Bus Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Oct 20
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis+Minnesota Now on View, Minnesota History Center
Now On View Minnesota History Center The 1968 Exhibit
Charles Beck, an artist for all seasons, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008, Closing Oct. 28, Mill City Museum
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Update

UPDATE — May, 30, 2018: Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill today, which includes $15 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling and $8 million for statewide historic sites asset preservation. MNHS thanks Governor Dayton and the legislature for this critical funding, and is grateful for the broad support received from Minnesotans. Thank the governor and state legislators.


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New from MNHS Press

MNHS Press book: When Republicans were Progressive

When Republicans were Progressive

“This excellent book reminds us that there is a different and better path that for many decades worked for Minnesota and the country. We need it back.” — from the foreword by Norman J. Ornstein

Featured MNopedia Article

Fillmore County Poor Farm

The Fillmore County Poor Farm, outside the small village of Henrytown, was part of a statewide initiative in the late 1800s to provide housing for poor and elderly people.

Collections Item of the Day

This photo show men seated by baskets of squash and potatoes at the Minneapolis Farmers Market in 1905.




Explore the tumultuous year of 1968 through the eyes of Minnesotans as they reflect on then and now.

Gale Family Library

Historical family photo.

October is Family History Month

Here at the Gale Family Library we're celebrating Family History Month! Check out one of our family history research guides for tips on how to get started.