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Contact Information & Departments

For General Information

Phone Number: 
651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773

Archaeology

Phone Number: 
(612) 726-1171
Fax: 
(612) 725-2429
Email Address: 

The Archaeology Department collects and preserves the materials and records of human culture relating to Minnesota and relates the human story through research and interpretation.

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Central Registrar

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3272
Fax: 
(651) 296-9961

The Central Registrar handles all loans of MNHS collections to other institutions as well as loans from individuals and other organizations to MNHS.

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Conservation

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3388
Email Address: 

Conservation preserves information and material culture that is the physical evidence of the history of the state through the operation of five labs: photographic, microfilm, book and paper, textile and objects. The department also provides advice and technical information to assist other state agencies, museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, and the general public in the preservation of material culture.

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Development & Membership

Development
Telephone: (651) 259-3100
Fax: (651) 296-1004
Toll free: (888) 293-4440
E-mail Address: development@mnhs.org
Membership
Telephone: (651) 259-3131
Fax: (651) 297-7804
Toll free: (888) 293-4440
E-mail Address: membership@mnhs.org

The department raises funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to support MNHS. It is also responsible for building and maintaining MNHS' membership program.

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Director's Office

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3100
Fax: 
(651) 296-1004
Email Address: 

Contact the Director's Office to communicate with Director D. Stephen Elliott. The Director's Office is also the point of contact for MNHS' governing board.

  • Pat Gaarder, Deputy Director, Programs
  • Andrea Kajer, Deputy Director, External Relations
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Education

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3001

The Education Division oversees a broad range of programs and services for students, teachers, families, adults and other lifelong learners and manages public programs and guest services at the Minnesota History Center. MNHS works closely with K-12 educators and other statewide partners to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota's youth through programs like National History Day in Minnesota and the Northern Lights textbook. Other teaching resources, including teacher workshops, curriculum kits, History Live! and History Player in the Classroom, are aligned with state academic standards and support educators' curriculum and instruction. The Education Division provides field trips to the Minnesota History Center, featuring the innovative new Play the Past mobile app for students, and supports the development of college and career readiness for young adults through its Summer History Immersion Program, Teen Gallery Assistant Program, Teen Advisory Council, and other programs. A diverse menu of public programs at the Minnesota History Center engages learners of all ages and abilities. Whether it's Nine Nights of Music, the History Forum Lecture Series, RetroRama or a History Pub Crawl, the Education Division has an enjoyable learning experience for everyone!

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Enterprise Development

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3045
Fax: 
(651) 282-2374
Email Address: 

Enterprise Development serves MNHS guests online, in retail stores, and in schools. We support our internal partners who deliver programs, products and services to support the MNHS mission.

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Facilities & Risk Management

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3151
Fax: 
(651) 297-3343

Facilities and Risk Management supports MNHS by providing support services related to building and grounds maintenance, parking, capital improvements, events, Cafe MN and other facility-related services. Find out how to rent space at the Minnesota History Center.

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Finance

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3170
Fax: 
(651) 297-5650
Email Address: 

Finance supports MNHS by providing support services related to accounting, financial reporting, contracting and purchasing and other financial services.

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Historic Preservation

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) preserves and promotes Minnesota history by working to identify, evaluate, register and protect Minnesota's historic and archaeological properties; encourage the development of local history organizations and activities; and assist government agencies in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities.
Phone: (651) 259-3450 Email: mnshpo@mnhs.org

Local History Services (Field Services) augments your history organization's development and your own management skills with tools and services designed to help you interpret and preserve the history of your community.
Phone: 651-259-3460 Email: david.grabitske@mnhs.org

Grants for historic preservation and interpretation or tax incentives are available for the rehabilitation of historic properties.
Phone (grants): 651-259-3467 Phone (tax incentives): 651-259-3462 Email: grants@mnhs.org

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Historic Sites & Museums

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3473
Fax: 
(651) 297-8224
Email Address: 

Historic Sites and Museums administers 32 state historic sites throughout Minnesota. This network of historic sites represents some of the most compelling aspects of Minnesota history, and provides a place for visitors to hear the stories and visit the real places where Minnesota history happened.

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Human Resources, Volunteers & Interns

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3190
Fax: 
(651) 297-3343
Email Address: 

Human Resources, Volunteers and Interns is responsible for policy development and implementation; compensation plans; recruitment, selection, orientation and training; compliance with federal, state and local regulations; managerial, supervisory and general staff development; position classification; performance management; and administration of benefit programs.

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Library & Collections

The Library and Collections Division includes the following departments:

Reference provides the public with access to MNHS Collections. Reference staff assist researchers in person at the Gale Family Library and also answer questions through phone and e-mail.
Contact Form Phone: (651) 259-3300

Collections builds the MNHS collections through the selection and acquisition of art, books, government records, maps, personal papers, organizational records, 3D objects, film, video, historical and fine art photographs and music. Email: collections@mnhs.org

Collections Management organizes collections and creates tools such as catalogs and inventories that help patrons locate and use materials.
Contact: Dennis Meissner Phone: (651) 259-3350

Central Collections Services manages technical projects that facilitate access to and management of information related to MNHS' rich and diverse collections.
Contact: Jane Wong Phone: (651) 259-3248

Conservation preserves information and material culture that is the physical evidence of the history of the state through the operation of five labs: photographic, microfilm, book and paper, textile and objects. The department also provides advice and technical information to assist other state agencies, museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, and the general public in the preservation of material culture.
Phone: (651) 259-3388 Email: conservationhelp@mnhs.org

State Archives collects historical records from almost 4,000 units of government in the state from the territorial period to the present day.
Phone: 651-259-3260

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Marketing & Communications

Email Address: 

Marketing & Communications promotes the Minnesota Historical Society and its programs and services through communication strategies that are honest, effective and innovative. Our goal is to increase awareness and attendance so that MNHS may deliver its mission to more people.

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Minnesota Historical Society Press

Phone Number: 
(800) 647-7827
Fax: 
(651) 297-1345

The Minnesota Historical Society Press is a leading publisher of the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The Press advances research, supports education, and serves the local community through the publication of books and e-products, the Minnesota History journal, and the free, digital encyclopedia, MNopedia.

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Minnesota History Center, Exhibitions & Diversity Initiatives

Phone Number: 
(651) 259-3000

The Minnesota History Center hosts exhibits, concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society administration, library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics. The department also oversees diversity initiatives for MNHS.

Public Policy & Community Relations

Email Address: 

Public Policy and Community Relations manages communications with the Minnesota state government.

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