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Hotel Fire

A fire at the Tower Hotel on Seven Corners in Minneapolis, November 25, 1950. 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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Under the Deep Blue Sea

Across the Deep Blue Sea: The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants

Award-winning historian Odd Lovoll recounts the untold story of the history of Norwegian immigration to Canada, tracing the stories and documents of emigrant families south to the Upper Midwest, primarily Wisconsin and Minnesota.


6th grade history pass

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!

Gale Family Library

Researching Gardening in Minnesota

Researching Gardening in Minnesota

Spring has sprung and many Minnesotans can't wait to dig into their gardens.  You can use the collections of the Gale Family Library to learn about the history of gardening in Minnesota!

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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.