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Featured Events

Minnesota-Born Unsung Architect of Army Doctrine

Mar 23  7 - 9 pm | St. Paul

The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.

Sat., Mar 25
Family Day: Tipis, Tellers, Trolls
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Mar 25
Women of Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Mar 26
WOW! Family Sundays: Music Then, Music Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Mar 26
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Penumbra Theatre at 40 Now on View February 18, 2017
WW1 America Opens April 8, 2017 Minnesota History Center
Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection Exhibit Opens Feb. 11 James J. Hill House
Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, The Photography of Daniel Corrigan
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (Jan. 4, 2017): Governor Dayton included the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project in his 2017 Capital Investment recommendations to the Legislature. This is great news for this important project. The Legislature will now consider Capital Investment requests in the regular 2017 Session. Please take a moment to thank Governor Dayton for his continued support and urge your legislators to support the Fort Snelling Revitalization project.

Featured MNopedia Article

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1885

Eva McDonald Valesh (1866–1956)

In 1888, a St. Paul Globe exposé of women's working conditions penned by "Eva Gay" launched the career of Eva McDonald Valesh, a young writer. Valesh left a big impression on Minnesota journalism, politics, and labor organizing.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for The Bride Price

The Bride Price

A principled decision brings unexpected consequences for a Hmong American woman struggling to reconcile the two cultures — and to be a good daughter while breaking the rules.

Summer Camps

MNHS Camps

Best Camps in History!

Summer day camps are open for registration.

Gale Family Library

Women's suffrage club, 1913

Researching Minnesota women

March is Women's History Month!​ ​You can use the collections of the Gale Family Library to learn about plenty of important Minnesota women.

Collections Item of the Day

First Ave. Ticket

An unused ticket for a 1991 Babes in Toyland concert at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For...


 Penumbra Theatre at 40

Penumbra Theatre at 40

Hear about the past, present, and future of Penumbra Theatre from Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus, Lou Bellamy, and Artistic Director, Sarah Bellamy.


Minnesota state capitol gifts

Minnesota State Capitol Gifts

Buy great gifts at shop.mnhs.org — and know that every purchase you make supports MNHS and preserves our state's history.