Minnesota History Center: History Players
Some of Minnesota history's interesting people have stepped forward in time to share their stories. Some led ordinary lives. Others accomplished extraordinary things. All faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could.
Each weekend, and holiday and summer weekdays, a different character from Minnesota history is portrayed in the exhibits of the Minnesota History Center.
Watch one of these History Players perform at the top of each hour and spend some time visiting with them one-on-one about their lives in Minnesota.
Call 651-259-3001 to find out which character is in the museum today.
- Trade stories with John Beargrease, Ojibwe mail carrier and fur trader.
- Visit territorial Minnesota with Harriet Bishop, St. Paul's first public school teacher.
- Organize with Fanny Brin, Jewish peace activist and United Nations advocate.
- Draw a picture of the past with Wanda Gag, children's author and artist.
- Discuss late-breaking news from Minnesota Territory with James Goodhue, Minnesota's first newspaper editor.
- Take off and soar with Virginia Hope, World War II pilot.
- Become a kid again with Maud Hart Lovelace, children's author.
- Take a stand with Thomas Lyles, African American entrepreneur and community activist.
- Think big ideas with Frederick McKinley Jones, inventor of refrigerated trucking.
- Learn about early big business with George Nelson, fur trade clerk.