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

Featured Events

Grand Opening Celebration

May 6 & 7 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Celebrate the official grand opening of the Kelley Farm's newest facilities, including the beautiful new visitor center, Learning Kitchen, outdoor exhibits, animal barn, modern gardens and cropland and more.

Sun., Apr 30
WOW! Family Sundays: Hairstyles Then, Hairstyles Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Apr 30
Sun., Apr 30
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., May 6
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., May 7
Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders
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

Poster of a woman in an American flag dress scattering seeds by hand in a field, c.1918.

Liberty Gardens, 1917–1919

During World War I many Minnesotans turned to backyard gardening to increase their food supply. Homegrown food allowed “citizen soldiers” to conserve wheat, meat, sugar, and fats that were essential to the war effort.

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.

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 four men getting on a streetcar bound for the Northern Ordnance plant, October 18, 1943.


 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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