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Kitchen Capers Apples

Sept 22 9 -11 pm | Elk River

In this hands-on workshop, sample a variety of different apples from Minnesota and beyond and discover which apples work best in different recipes.

Fri., Sep 21
History Hop-On Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Fri., Sep 21
History Hop-On Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Fri., Sep 21
History Hop-On Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Sep 22
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Free Admission
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Sep 22
Crucial Conversations: Refugees and Minnesota
Minnesota History Center, 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
Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008, Closing October 28, Mill City Museum
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
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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

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

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Minnesotanos: Latino Journeys in Minnesota

Since the early 1900s, Latinos have been a productive and essential part of Minnesota. Most of the earliest Minnesotanos were migrant farm workers from Mexico or Texas and faced obstacles to first-class citizenship that are still being addressed.

Collections Item of the Day

"Chinese-ness," the great new show of Wing Young Huie's most recent work, just opened in our Irvine Community Gallery. We have been collecting and preserving Huie's work over the last 20 years; this week's Item of the Day will feature some of those pieces. This photo is titled “La Roca Series #2, St. James” and was taken in 1998. Huie took it as part of the Minnesota 2000 Documentary Photography Project, which ran from 1997-1999, documenting the "state of the state" at the end of the twentieth century through photographs.




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.