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Farmer's Fourth of July

July 4, 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Celebrate a Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm!

Sat., Jun 25
Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sat., Jun 25
Soldier One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 25
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Jun 26
Disasters of the Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mon., Jun 27
Arts on the River Day Camp
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis


Prince concert ticket

In honor of Prince's legacy, items related to his storied career are on display in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center through July 30. Come view them for free during library hours. Prince’s Purple Rain suit has been taken off view to ensure its long-term preservation.

Find out about the History is Now: Remembering Prince project.

See more Prince items in our collections

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Featured Exhibits

What's Up Doc? exhibit at Minnesota History Center is now on view
Beyond Bollywood: Indians Shape the Nation exhibit at Minnesota History Center Closing July 10
For the love of art: paintings by Bettye Olson. Opens June 4 at James J. Hill House.
Skid Row Minneapolis exhibit, Closes July 4
Then Now Wow exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (June 14, 2016): Today, Steve Elliott, Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, spoke in front of the Minnesota House and Senate Capital Investment Conference Committee about Historic Fort Snelling. His testimony included a request for this project to be included in a Special Session Capital Budget Bill. Read the testimony.

Featured MNopedia Article

Martin Carlsted turning the handle of a manual corn sheller to remove kernels, c.1910.

Seed Corn in Minnesota’s Cold Climate

From the time of statehood into the early 1900s, Minnesota's climate discouraged the growing of corn. Many immigrants from Northern Europe set out to develop special varieties of seed capable of growing corn in cold conditions. They were successful, and by the late 1930s, Minnesota had become one of the leading corn-producing states.

New from MNHS Press

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The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape

"A book of dreams and schemes ... a page-turner."
Albert Lea Tribune

Collections Item of the Day


A photograph of two Minneapolis boys inside a “Help Keep Your Parks Clean” trash can, on July 14,...

History Hound

History Hound illustration

Kids can be a hero for history with a sporty new History Hound t-shirt, hoodie, string backpack and plush toy. Or grab a History Hound Passport to Summer Fun and earn that toy by visiting six MNHS sites.

Gale Family Library

Two adults and five children on a picnic blanket with an American flag in the background

Celebrate summer with a picnic!​

Images and cookbooks from the Gale Family Library to inspire your next outdoor excursion.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

This series guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.