Farm sized fun, room to run Oliver Kelley Farm Elk River

Featured Events

Northwoods Paddle 2-Day Workshop

April 22 - 23 | Grand Rapids

Join a master woodworker to create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. 

Tue., Apr 25
Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Apr 25
WW1 America Mural Project: Meet the Artist
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Apr 25
A Conversation About Penumbra Theatre, Past & Present
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Apr 29
Sun., Apr 30
WOW! Family Sundays: Hairstyles Then, Hairstyles Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center
Penumbra Theatre at 40 Now on View February 18, 2017
Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection Exhibit Now On View  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 (March 30, 2017): In order to stay on track for a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling in time for its 2020 bicentennial, MNHS will begin schematic design work this summer. Governor Dayton has included the $34 million request in his capital budget recommendations. MNHS will advocate for its inclusion in a 2017 bonding bill. Please take a moment to urge your legislators to support the Fort Snelling Revitalization project.

Featured MNopedia Article

Members of Company A, Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard

Though they faced racism in society and the military, African American Minnesotans still desired to serve their country during World War I. The segregated Sixteenth Battalion marked the first time African Americans served in the state military.

New from MNHS Press

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Alice in France

The engaging and revealing letters of a woman who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe, taking on jobs that freed men for the trenches.

For Educators

Boy working on the farm

Educator Open House at the Oliver Kelley Farm

Explore history, agriculture and food in Minnesota at the Kelley Farm. Learn about our engaging new education programs and visit the expanded facilities. Plus teachers can enjoy complimentary pastries, coffee, giveaways and more in a free event on Sat., April 22 from 9 am - noon. Register now.

Gale Family Library

Regiment from Aitkin County, circa 1917

Research Minnesota in WWI

The Gale Family Library has many resources documenting Minnesotan involvement, at home and abroad, during the Great War.

Collections Item of the Day

A photograph of a man with a head injury pointing out a bullet hole in the front window of Jordan's Café in May, 1938.


 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.


WW1 America gifts

WW1 America Books and Gifts

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