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"Hamlet" Performance

Mar. 2 - 24 7 - 10 pm | St Paul

Join Wayward Theatre Company for a production of the Shakespeare classic Hamlet. 

Sat., Feb 24
Sat., Feb 24
STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Feb 24
Sun., Feb 25
WOW! Family Sundays: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 25
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
Parades, places and people St. Paul celebrates winter, Now on view, James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Sights, Sounds and Soul : The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis Now on View Mill City Museum
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
Renewing What they Gave Us Native American Artists in Residence Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Support Historic Fort Snelling – Take Action Now!

Jan. 19, 2018: Governor Dayton included our request for Historic Fort Snelling in his 2018 budget proposal. MNHS is requesting $30 million in the 2018 session to complete construction in time for the fort’s bicentennial in 2020. Please take a moment to thank the governor for his support.


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The Scott Collection: Minnesota's Black Community in the '50s, '60s, and '70s

A fascinating documentary look at the African American community of the mid-20th century, brought back into print.

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Lake Superior Zoo (Duluth Zoo)

Since its opening in 1923, the Lake Superior Zoo has evolved into a modern attraction accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) with hundreds of animals from around the world.

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This warning sign was created by the "Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co." It was intended to be applied to railroad car doors equipped with charcoal heaters and warns of potentially dangerous fumes. The sign is dated ca. 1883 - 1960; it comes in a set of four, for each side of two doors into the car. Why would they bother to heat cars if people couldn’t be in them? What other reason would there be to have heated cars?



From Fort Snelling to Tuskegee Airman

This series is about Dr. Harold H. Brown, a native of North Minneapolis who started his military career at Historic Fort Snelling and became a member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen who fought in WWII.

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NAACP members picketing outside Woolworth's for integrated lunch counters, 1960.

African American History Month

The library has many resources documenting African American history in Minnesota.

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