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When was the last time you visited? Split Rock Lighthouse

Featured Events

Children's Weekend

Aug 27 10:30 am & Aug 28 12:30 pm | Pine City

Visitors can enjoy toys, games and tests of skill to celebrate the last days of summer.

Sat., Aug 27
Sun., Aug 28
Disasters of the Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Aug 30
9 Nights of Music: Wild Colonial Bhoys
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Wed., Aug 31
Mill City Live: Maurice Jacox
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Thu., Sep 1
Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory Exhibit, Opens Sept. 24, Buy Tickets Now
For the love of art: paintings by Bettye Olson. Opens June 4 at James J. Hill House.
A Cure for Everything The Archaeology of Medicine at Fort Snelling Now on View Historic Fort Snelling
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 (August 19, 2016): Governor Dayton announced that he will not be calling a special session this year. That means our funding request for a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling remains undecided. We are hopeful that the legislature will take up the request in the 2017 session and we will continue to advocate for its support. You can help. Let your legislators and Governor Dayton know that Historic Fort Snelling matters.

Featured MNopedia Article

Civilian Conservation Corps workers building a road near Roosevelt, Minnesota, ca. 1933. Photographed by J. A.Gjelhaug.

Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, 1933–1942

The accomplishments of the men of the CCC are evident throughout the state. Examples of rustic-style structures, many on the National Register of Historic Places, still stand in Minnesota state parks.


 1 month, 8 parts, 1 story

The Bohemian Flats

Explore one of Minneapolis's long-lost neighborhoods — the Bohemian Flats — with this audio-visual narrative of life in the Flats.

New from MNHS Press

Tell Me Exactly What Happened book cover

Tell Me Exactly What Happened

"Beautifully captures the tumultuous world of a 911 dispatcher."
Kevin Grange, author of Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic

Collections Item of the Day

Princess Kay

One of my favorite events of the summer starts today, the Minnesota State Fair! This photograph...

History Hound

History Hound illustration

Kids can be a hero for history with a sporty new History Hound t-shirt, hoodie, string backpack and plush toy. Or grab a History Hound Passport to Summer Fun and earn that toy by visiting six MNHS sites.

Gale Family Library

Black-and-white photograph of a cyclone descending from a cloud, above trees and a building


The Gale Family Library has a number of resources documenting the destruction and rebuilding of many resilient Minnesota communities.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

This series guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.