Minnesota Historical Society Launches First-Ever Online Encyclopedia About Minnesota

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August 17, 2011
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Erica Hartmann
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Minnesota Historical Society Launches First-Ever Online Encyclopedia About Minnesota

MNopedia prototype goes live; public invited to test, critique and contribute

Minnesotans now have a new reliable, relevant, user-friendly resource with the launching of MNopedia, the very first online encyclopedia about Minnesota.

The MNopedia prototype already provides content in more than a dozen categories including agriculture, women, architecture, sports and the environment.  MNopedia will ultimately offer accurate, useful, multimedia entries about many more significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history, most written by experts. 

The public has a unique opportunity to shape MNopedia.  Users are encouraged to test the site, give feedback and help make MNopedia an invaluable A-to-Z resource about Minnesota.

“MNopedia is a Legacy project, paid for by Minnesotans, so we want to give the public a real role in shaping it. We want users to tell us what’s working and what’s not, so we can refine and expand MNopedia in the coming year,” said Erica Hartmann, MNopedia Editor and Project Manager with the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Users are encouraged to comment on articles, join discussion forums or email a MNopedia editor.

MNopedia is designed to appeal to everybody interested in Minnesota and its history:  teachers, students, parents, researchers, journalists, tourists and the general public.  Entries align with state education standards.

“How often I want my students to get a quick take on some topic or another in our state's story and how often I, too, need to know some piece of information or other.  MNopedia will be a terrific resource,” said Annette Atkins, MNopedia contributor and Professor of History/Flynn Professor in the Humanities at Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict.   

MNopedia staff is collaborating with a variety of expert contributors to add new entries and resources.

“The MNopedia prototype is a strong foundation,” Hartmann said.  “We’re using it to recruit new contributors and content partners, so eventually MNopedia becomes a truly comprehensive resource about Minnesota--one that covers many eras and reflects many perspectives.”

MNopedia is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.