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Featured Events

Corn on the cob.

Corn - Beyond the Cob

July 27 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Elk River

Discover different cooking methods, recipes, and techniques using corn, including the foolproof way to boil the perfect corn cob.

Mon., Jul 22
House of Memories: Professional Caregiver Training
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Mon., Jul 22
House of Memories: Professional Caregiver Training
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Jul 23
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Tue., Jul 23
House of Memories: Friends & Family Caregiver Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Jul 23
Bands on the Boulevard: Lena Elizabeth
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Become a member

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Join Us!

Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get the best deal in history, including FREE regular admission all year long.

Featured Exhibits

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Jingle dress exhibit.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Exhibit.
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History Matters

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Thank you, Minnesota

Help us thank state leaders for their ongoing commitment to history.


Mill City Flour Sack Chef Set.

Farmers market

Enjoy gifts of the garden with kitchenware from the Mill City collection.

New from MNHS Press

The Forever Sky book cover.

The Forever Sky

Brothers look to the stars and spin stories. The best one involves their grandmother and her place in the forever sky.


Featured MNopedia Article

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Workers Killed During State Capitol Construction

Six workers were killed in accidents during the building of the Minnesota State Capitol between 1898 and 1903. The deaths resulted from unsafe working conditions that labor laws have greatly improved since that time.

Collections Item of the Day

Bruce Laingen, a native of Watonwan County, Minnesota, died Monday at the age of 96. He was the highest ranking diplomat held hostage during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 - 1981. Upon release he said: "Unless someone has lost freedom, you have no idea what it means suddenly to regain freedom."


 Queer Voices

Storied: Queer Voices

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we asked some of the editors and contributors to the new MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" about what the LGBTQIA movement means to them. 

Gale Family Library

Two girls with ice cream cones at the Minnesota State Fair.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month 

While you can’t bring tasty frozen treats into the Gale Family Library here at the Minnesota Historical Society, we do have some great collections to inspire your next ice cream adventure! 


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Primary Source Packet Series

Engage students in complex history topics and develop their critical-thinking skills with our primary source packets. For grades 5-12.