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Mill City Oktoberfest

Sept 29 8 am -2 pm | Minneapolis

Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 12th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. 

Mon., Sep 24
House of Memories: Professional Care Partner Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Mon., Sep 24
House of Memories: Professional Care Partner Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Sep 25
MSP Welcome Week: MSP Hello - Hello Fall
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Sep 25
Sat., Sep 29
Mill City Oktoberfest
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis & Minnesota Now on View Minnesota History Center
The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008, Closing October 28, Mill City Museum
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Update

UPDATE — May, 30, 2018: Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill today, which includes $15 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling and $8 million for statewide historic sites asset preservation. MNHS thanks Governor Dayton and the legislature for this critical funding, and is grateful for the broad support received from Minnesotans. Thank the governor and state legislators.


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New from MNHS Press

MNHS Press book: When Republicans were Progressive

When Republicans were Progressive

“This excellent book reminds us that there is a different and better path that for many decades worked for Minnesota and the country. We need it back.” — from the foreword by Norman J. Ornstein

Featured MNopedia Article

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Migrant Workers

Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, migrant workers, mainly from Mexico, have played a vital role in Minnesota’s economy.

Collections Item of the Day

This shallow basket made of a greenish-brown wicker is an occupational therapy project made by a soldier at the United States 29th General Hospital, Fort Snelling before the end of 1919. It is currently on view in the "Weaving Wellness" display in the lobby of the Gale Family Library at the History Center.




Explore the tumultuous year of 1968 through the eyes of Minnesotans as they reflect on then and now.

Gale Family Library


Gale Family Library Legacy Research Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Legacy Research Fellowship program! Fellowships are for independent researchers engaged in Minnesota-related research that draws on the Gale Family Library resources and that adds to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's history.