Contact your state legislators in support of Historic Fort Snelling. Take action now.

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Weekends on the Farm

Oliver Kelley Farm

Meet the animals, help with the planting, join in the cooking and explore the many ways spring makes this working 1860s farm come alive.

Sat., May 28
Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., May 28
Morris Dancing
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., May 29
Upper Post Walking Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., May 29
Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul


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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned from regular session on Sunday, May 22 without passing a capital budget bill. That means the funding request of $34 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling remains undecided. It’s not too late to advocate for Historic Fort Snelling. Please continue to let your legislators and the Governor know that History Matters.

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Black-and-white postcard with a picture of the St. Paul Athletic Club, c.1917.

St. Paul Athletic Club

The St. Paul Athletic Club was designed in 1915 by architect Allen H. Stem. The building was threatened with demolition in the 1990s but survived because preservationists valued its sound construction, central location, and fine craftsmanship.

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Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking

"A must-have book for anyone interested in art and cooking."
— Lucia Watson

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A terracotta edge roof tile taken from the Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The plant, which built...

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Nationally known culinary expert, award winning teacher, and popular cookbook author Raghavan Iyer brings the intriguing food and culture of his native India to your kitchen.

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Minneapolis Times cycle map, 1896

Explore Minnesota

May traditionally kicks off the summer travel season in Minnesota: the ice is off the lakes, the fish are biting, the roads are snow-free. But even if you don't have a trip planned this month, you can always take a road trip through the past by browsing some of the 2,000 historic maps in the Gale Family Library Collection.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

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