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Featured Events

National Donut Day at the History Center

June 2  7-10 am | St. Paul

On National Donut Day, enjoy free donuts, live music, WW1 storytelling by humorist Kevin Kling and costumed reenactors with admission to the History Center's WW1 America exhibit. 

Sat., May 27
Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., May 27
Sun., May 28
Upper Post Walking Tour: Whiskey, a Great Horse
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., May 28
WOW! Family Sundays: Camping Then, Camping Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center
Penumbra Theatre at 40 Now on View February 18, 2017
Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection Exhibit Now On View  James J. Hill House
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nations Armed Forces Opens May 27
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (May 5, 2017): The 2017 Legislative session is winding down and we need your help now more than ever. Please urge your state legislators to support funding for Historic Fort Snelling, Minnesota’s first National Historic Landmark, and thank Governor Dayton for his support! Now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect the fort and its stories in meaningful ways with an increasingly diverse Minnesota and America.

Featured MNopedia Article

Williams Electric Kitchen model, ca. 1938.

Rural Electrification Administration in Minnesota

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037 to create the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a New Deal public relief program. It revolutionized life in rural Minnesota and across the country.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for The Bride Price

Alice in France

The engaging and revealing letters of a woman who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe, taking on jobs that freed men for the trenches.


Girl working on a bead project

Teaching American Indian History and Culture

MNHS is your partner in history education. Learn about products, experiences and resources developed to broaden your knowledge and engage students around American Indian history and culture.

Collections Item of the Day

A wood tennis racket and frame used by John McHie, Jr. of Minnesota, circa 1950. John was married to Beneta Edwards McHie, a member of a prominent African-American family, and who was heavily involved in the education of women and minorities, as well as a number of social justice issues.

Gale Family Library


Research Ojibwe History

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.


WW1 America gifts

WW1 America Books and Gifts

Buy great gifts at shop.mnhs.org — and know that every purchase you make supports MNHS and preserves our state's history.


 Penumbra Theatre at 40

Penumbra Theatre at 40

Hear about the past, present, and future of Penumbra Theatre from Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus, Lou Bellamy, and Artistic Director, Sarah Bellamy.