Discover Dakota life, Dakota Culture Lower Sioux Agency
See sacred carvings older than Stonhenge Jeffers Petreglyphs
Meet a Minnesota original Charles A. Lindbergh Site

Featured Events

WWI: The Black Experience Panel Discussion

June 22  6 - 9:30 pm | Minneapolis

Panelists will explore the rise of the black population in Minneapolis and St. Paul, discuss injustices faced by men and women in uniform before and after their service, and the social movements that arose out of these WWI experiences.

Sat., Jun 24
Sacred St. Paul Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 24
Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sat., Jun 24
History Investigators One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 24
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jun 24
Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center
Penumbra Theatre at 40 Closes July 11 Minnesota History Center
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nations Armed Forces Now on View
Beyond Fitzgerald: Art and Literature in Minnesota During the 1920s and 1930s Now on View James J. Hill House
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

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UPDATE (May 26, 2017): Thank state leaders for funding for Historic Fort Snelling. The legislature included $4 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling in the capital investment budget passed May 26th. This money will fund design work, the next step toward construction. MNHS will advocate for the remaining $30 million in the 2018 legislative session.

Featured MNopedia Article

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell apply for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Baker v. Nelson

When Jack Baker and Michael McConnell became the first same-sex couple in the United States to apply for a marriage license, in 1970, Hennepin County clerk Gerald R. Nelson rejected their application. They sued Nelson, claiming a constitutional right to marry in what would become a landmark Supreme Court case.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for The Bride Price

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.


Girl working on a bead project

Teaching American Indian History and Culture

MNHS is your partner in history education. Learn about products, experiences and resources developed to broaden your knowledge and engage students around American Indian history and culture.

Collections Item of the Day

A photograph of a man jumping off the diving tower at Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska) on July 22, 1937.

Gale Family Library


Research Ojibwe History

Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. Learn more about Maude Kegg and Ojibwe culture and history at the Gale Family Library.


WW1 America gifts

WW1 America Books and Gifts

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 Minnesota Farming

Minnesota Farming

Learn where your food comes from and the history behind Twin Cities farming communities.