Featured Events

Valentine's Day Events

Make valentine cards, snuggle up for poetry readings, enjoy a lively country dance, bake old-time cookies, and more.

Sat., Feb 20
History ForumThe Colorado Coalfield Wars
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 21
Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Feb 23
Thu., Feb 25
Rethinking the Nonpartisan League Author Event
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Fur Coat

A man in a fur coat and holding a camera looks at art in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in...

Featured Exhibits

Power Couples exhibit at James J. Hill House
Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s exhibit at Mill City Museum
Suburbia exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Then Now Wow exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums

We are looking for students age 14 and older to perform during the 2016 season, February through August.

New from MNHS Press

They Played for the Love of the Game

They Played for the Love of the Game

A tale of unsung heroes and forgotten stars who battled discrimination and other hardships to play the game they loved, told by the son of one such legend of Minnesota black baseball.

Featured MNopedia Article

National Afro-American Council meeting, St. Paul, 1902.

National Afro-American Council Meeting of 1902

In July 1902 St. Paul hosted the most important African-American political event of the year: the annual meeting of the National Afro-American Council (NAAC).

Gale Family Library

1886 ice palace

The History of the Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in 1886 in response to a New York reporter stating that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." This winter celebration attracts thousands of Minnesotans to the state capital each year. Learn more about this age-old celebration at the Gale Family Library. ​​

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Made in Minnesota

We search the state for unique Minnesota-made products and gifts from a wide variety of creative, innovative, and local manufacturers and artisans.


Primary Resource Packets

New Primary Source Packets

A new series of Primary Source Packets guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.

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