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A St. Paul woman trying to figure out how to cook an enormous fish, June 2, 1952. This image forms...

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Inspiring Beauty

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Opening on May 23 at the Minnesota History Center.

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Campers cook outdoors at Dick Butwin Day Camp, July 1967. From the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Jewish Youth Camping in Minnesota

Organized youth camping became popular in the late nineteenth century against the backdrop of the Progressive Era. In Minnesota and across the United States, reformers believed that offering fresh-air vacations to poor children living in crowded cities would contribute to public health.

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Hungry Coyote

From desperate winter hunts to picnic foraging, Hungry Coyote tells the story of an urban coyote who deliberately makes his way through the seasons. His adventures come to life in this children's tale, told by Cheryl Blackford and lavishly illustrated by Laurie Caple.


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Sixth Graders Get a Pass

The popular 6th Grade MN History Pass gives Minnesota sixth graders FREE admission to all MNHS sites and museums during non-school hours. Perfect for spring break!

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Uncover the History of Your House

May is preservation month! You can use the collections of the Gale Family Library to research the history of your home.

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Birch Bark Collage Vase

Birch Bark Collage - Flower Vase

Pat Kruse creates his 3-dimensional mosaic birch bark art "to honor the old ways and the ancestors that practiced these ways." Kruse is one of three artists selected for an artist-in-residence program at MNHS. During this time, he has researched the birch bark collection in an effort to further build an apprentice relationship with his son, so he can pass on this traditional knowledge.