Minnesota Historical Society Offers Online Resources For Media, Republican National Convention Visitors

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 27, 2008
Media contacts: 

Marjorie Nugent, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3145, marjorie.nugent@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Offers Online Resources For Media, Republican National Convention Visitors

History Center, James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House closed Sept. 1-4


The Minnesota Historical Society has a wide variety of materials online that are available to the public and of special interest to journalists. The resources may be accessed at any time at www.mnhs.org. A special page specifically designated for media and convention goers is available at www.mnhs.org/rnc. Topics include photos and information about Twin Cities-area historic sites, a media room, a list of all of the state's governors, historical photos and library resources, and detailed information about the 1892 RNC in Minneapolis, including podcasts put together by Society curators highlighting items in the collections. The Minnesota Historical Society Press offers a wealth of additional resources, including Minnesota History Magazine and an extensive catalogue of books relating to Minnesota history and contemporary life in Minnesota.


During Civic Fest, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, visitors can stop by "A Salute to Minnesota's Greatest Generation" to view some of the films submitted in the Moving Pictures Film Festival, visit "Minnesota!" for fun facts about Minnesota history straight from the History Center's "MN150" exhibit, and meet Kate Roberts author of Minnesota 150, Doug Ohman, photographer of the Minnesota Byways series of books including Cabins of Minnesota and Larry Millett author of the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities as they sign books.


The History Center will be open regular hours now through Aug. 31. It will be closed Sept. 1-4. The library at the History Center will be closed Aug. 30-Sept. 4. The James J. Hill House also will be closed during the convention, Sept. 1-4, and the Alexander Ramsey House will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 4. The public is encouraged to visit other metro-area historic sites, including Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling and the Minnesota State Capitol, though hours are subject to change, so please call ahead.


Media relation's staff will be available during regular business hours and on call as needed to field requests and answer questions. For general information, call 651-259-3000 or visit www.mnhs.org.