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Featured Events

How to Have Fun in a Civil War

Nov 15, 17 & 18 7:00 - 8:15 pm | St. Paul

In this autobiographical multimedia piece, Ifrah Mansour explores Somalia's civil war through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl. Layering poetry, puppetry, video, and interviews, Mansour confronts violent history with humor, offering all Minnesotans a chance to reach across differences for hope and healing.

Thu., Nov 15
Thu., Nov 15
Sat., Nov 17
Flower Power Healing Installation
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Nov 17
Sun., Nov 18

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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.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center
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Shop the MNHS Holiday Catalog

Browse our holiday selection of MNHS Press books and unique gifts for history lovers.

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

Charles Albert Bender

The National Baseball Hall of Fame credits Charles Albert Bender with inventing the slider. Like his patented pitch, Bender's life course was a circuitous one.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization

Governor Dayton signed a bonding bill on May 30, 2018, 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.

Collections Item of the Day

Bronze medal that reads "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION", with a list of countries on the front, and features the image of a woman with a sword on the reverse. Medal was awarded to Tela Burt, an African American from Minnesota, for his service in World War I.


 Prince Before the Rain

Prince: Before the Rain

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu captured Prince's progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. 

Gale Family Library

Tastes Like Fall: Recipes and Cookbooks at the Library

Come browse our comprehensive collection of Minnesota cookbooks for the perfect recipe for your November feasts.