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STEM Family Day

Feb. 2, 11 am - 3 pm | Mill City Museum

History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Sat., Feb 6
STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum
Sun., Feb 7
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
Wed., Feb 10
Sat., Feb 13
Be My Valentine Family Day
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Birds-eye Capitol

A birds-eye view of the 1953 St. Paul Winter Carnival parade going past the state capitol on...

Featured Exhibits

Power Couples exhibit at James J. Hill House
Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s exhibit at Mill City Museum
Suburbia exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Then Now Wow exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums

We are looking for students age 14 and older to perform during the 2016 season, February through August.

New from MNHS Press

They Played for the Love of the Game

They Played for the Love of the Game

A tale of unsung heroes and forgotten stars who battled discrimination and other hardships to play the game they loved, told by the son of one such legend of Minnesota black baseball.

Featured MNopedia Article

Engravings of Harriet Robinson Scott and Dred Scott that appeared in the June 27, 1857 edition of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.

Dred and Harriet Robinson Scott

African Americans Dred Scott and Harriet Robinson Scott lived at Fort Snelling in the 1830s as enslaved people. Slavery was prohibited in the area, but still existed. The Scotts sued for their freedom, arguing that having lived in “free territory” made them free.

Gale Family Library

1886 ice palace

The History of the Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in 1886 in response to a New York reporter stating that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." This winter celebration attracts thousands of Minnesotans to the state capital each year. Learn more about this age-old celebration at the Gale Family Library. ​​

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We search the state for unique Minnesota-made products and gifts from a wide variety of creative, innovative, and local manufacturers and artisans.


Primary Resource Packets

New Primary Source Packets

A new series of Primary Source Packets guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.

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