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Threshing Weekend at Oliver Kelley Farm

Threshing Weekend

Sat, Sep 5, 2015, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oliver Kelley Farm

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with the Kelley farmhands, as they thresh grain in an 1856 horse-powered threshing machine.

Sat., Sep 5
World War I Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
Sun., Sep 6
World War I Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling
Sun., Sep 6
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
Mon., Sep 7
World War I Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling

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3 Little Pigs

A photograph of a butchers display showing the Three Little Pigs carved out of lard at the 1934...

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We Are Hmong Minnesota

We Are Hmong Minnesota

Now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

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Dayton’s began as a single store at Seventh Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis in 1902. When the last Dayton family member retired from leadership in 1983, the company had stores nationwide.

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Minnesota Weather Almanac

Whether planning your garden, settling a bet, or making neighborly small talk, this fascinating guide will give you all the facts and figures, all the trials and tales you need.


Youth group field trip programs

Summer Adventures

Kids can enjoy hands-on fun all summer long! Youth group field trip programs can be found at our sites and museums across the state.

Gale Family Library

Minnesota State Fair

It's State Fair time in Minnesota!

Interested in learning the history of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? Visit the Gale Family Library to see great fair-related photographs, records, newspaper reports, recipe books, and more.

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Minnesota Landmark Prints

Minneapolis illustrator and graphic designer, Mark Herman, designs and produces appealing, retro-style lithographs.