Expanded Online Search Now Available for Public, Journalists

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 29, 2012
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Julianna Olsen, Legacy Communications, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Amy Danielson, Legacy Communications, 651-259-3020, amy.danielson@mnhs.org

Expanded Online Search Now Available for Public, Journalists

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce a newly expanded Collections Online and updated search interface that will benefit the general public and journalists in particular.

For years reporters have been able to search for historic images using the Visual Resources Database. These high quality images have helped tell the story at hand, whether it's the history of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the anniversary of the Mataafa disaster or a story about the closing of the Ford plant in St. Paul. Having a historic image can offer context and visuals that round out the piece.

With the new Collections Online, users can still search for historic images, but they can also access three dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps and more. A single search can display items across many of our collections. For example, here is a Collections Online search for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Additional digital content will be added to Collections Online in an ongoing basis.

The new Collections Online is available now and can be accessed at http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/


Digital copies of images may be ordered directly online or if you are a journalist by contacting a member of the Minnesota Historical Society public relations team.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.