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Saddle Sores

July 17 6:30 pm - 9 pm | St Paul

Enjoy a night of country music from Saddle Sores during the History Center's new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard.

Tue., Jul 24
Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp II
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Tue., Jul 24
Bands on the Boulevard: Ipso Facto
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jul 28
Historic Foodways with Michael Twitty
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., Jul 29
Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Jul 31
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis & Minnesota Now on View Minnesota History Center
The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift, Now on View, Mill City Museum
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
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Kent Whitworth

New MNHS director/CEO

MNHS welcomes Kent Whitworth as our new director and CEO. He was most recently the executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society and is a founder of the nationally recognized History Relevance, which is redefining history’s impact on America today.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Update

UPDATE — May, 30, 2018: Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill today, 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. Thank the governor and state legislators.


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New from MNHS Press

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook.

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook

This accessible guide celebrates a vibrant food culture that crisscrosses national and regional borders, inviting all comers to relish comforting and flavorful meals, Somali American style.

Featured MNopedia Article

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

In 1879, lumber baron T. B. Walker invited the public into his downtown Minneapolis home to view his art collection.

Collections Item of the Day

This kayak was constructed out of waxed paper milk cartons over wooden frame with masonite supports. Brands of milk cartons used include Land-O-Lakes, Target, Polka-Dot Dairy, Inc., Dairy Fresh Brand, Purity-Ohleen, Franklin and Farmdale; large advertisement stickers adhered to top are for sponsors including radio stations KDWB 63, and WDGY and Dairy Queen. It moved using a hand crank connected to the paddle wheel, and was used in the 1971 Minneapolis Aquatennial. It is over 11 feet long, so much bigger than it appears in this photograph.




Explore the tumultuous year of 1968 through the eyes of Minnesotans as they reflect on then and now.

Gale Family Library


Gale Family Library Legacy Research Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Legacy Research Fellowship program! Fellowships are for independent researchers engaged in Minnesota-related research that draws on the Gale Family Library resources and that adds to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's history.

Summer Camps

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Day camps

MNHS day camps, designed for fun-loving kids ages 7–14, are on sale now.