All About Minnesota
A helpful online resource for children (and adults) to learn general facts about Minnesota.
Immigrant Oral Histories
A collection of over 120 oral history interviews with recent immigrants to Minnesota and their American-born children, including full transcripts and streaming audio files. These interviews are a unique source of contemporary history through the experiences of the newest Americans, in their own words.
Becoming Minnesotan presents the lives and stories of recent immigrants to Minnesota through their own words. Listen to oral histories narrated by members of immigrant and refugee groups, including Hmong, Khmer, Asian Indian, Somali and Tibetan, and explore these communities further through photographs, maps, timelines, and classroom activities.
Governors of Minnesota
Chronological listing and biographies of all of Minnesota's governors.
Duluth Lynchings Online Resource
Designed for researchers and older students, this web site encourages scholarship and awareness of the 1920 lynching of three young black men in Duluth, Minnesota. Search an in-depth collection of historical documents, view a multimedia timeline, and listen to oral history interviews of blacks who lived in Duluth around the time of the lynchings.
The MN150 Wiki contains all the topics nominated for the MN150 exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. The 150 featured topics have narrative histories and links to other resources. Since this is a wiki, students and teachers can add their own memories, comments, resources and other additions to this great resource.
Forests, Fields, and the Falls
In the late 1800s, the work that people did in these different places connected Minnesota. The lumbering of the white pine forest made possible settlement that turned the prairies into farms. The Mississippi River divides these two regions. And the bridge between them was the work at the capital of sawmills and flourmills: Saint Anthony Falls.
True North: Mapping Minnesota's History
True North provides Minnesota's teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state's new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.
In Their Words
Explore the legacy of Minnesota's Greatest Generation through their personal stories. Find treasures from the Minnesota Historical Society collections, including photographs, objects and letters. Teacher Tools offers related curriculum, complete with lesson plans, tips for using primary sources and downloadable materials. The lessons are designed to help students draw personal connections to the legacy of this generation.
In My Footlocker?"
This animated, interactive discovery activity engags students (grades 5 - 8) in learning about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Through 3-D objects, oral history audio clips, vocal narration, and music, students will piece together what life was like in a CCC camp. Includes related curriculum.
Share Your Story
Family stories passed down from through generations are treasures that connect us to our past and give us perspective for the future. Share Your Story is an ever-expanding archive of stories submitted by the public about members of Minnesota's Greatest Generation during the Depression, the War, and the Boom. Student submissions are welcome.
Minnesota Book of Days
"This Day in Minnesota History" has events has events that happened in Minnesota for every day of the year.
The Holocaust and Minnesota History: A Curriculum for Grades 3-12
In conjunction with “Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust,” an exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that showed at the Minnesota History Center, the Minnesota Historical Society has created a free curriculum for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each of the three curricula is teacher-reviewed and comes with lesson plans, primary source readings and photographs, and worksheets designed to hone students’ historical thinking skills. In addition, some of the featured Holocaust survivors have written directly to students.
Examine Minnesota's history through primary sources. Students view documents and photographs as they learn to analyze and evaluate historical evidence. For fifth, sixth and seventh graders.
Minnesota History Topics
Need an idea for a paper topic? This listing of topics related to Minnesota history gives background information on a wide variety of topics and lists suggested resource material found in the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
Minnesota Place Names: An Online Geographical Encyclopedia
Discover the stories behind the names of Minnesota places, miniature history lessons that capture the lost lore of familiar places and reveal the history woven through everyday life.
Minnesota Territory contains activities and stories about Minnesota in the years before it became a state. Content rich interactive sections feature diverse cultures, people, places and issues. Primary source materials such as written records, nearly 100 photographs and art works, and artifacts from the period illustrate the era. This site relates to the History Center exhibit Tales of the Territory: Minnesota, 1849-1858.
A sampling of events from Minnesota's past that together represent themes and eras to paint an overview of Minnesota history. Students can find links to objects, letters, books and images from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections that relate to the time period or event.
The Educators' Portal is a gateway to educational resources developed by the Minnesota Historical Society. Search for resources by selecting a theme, grade level or skill. You may also request to see only specific types of resources (e.g., field trips or museum history classes).
Search MHS Catalogs
Search the Minnesota Historical Society's collections, and contact information for the Minnesota Historical Society's Library.
Photo & Art Database
Information about photographs, artwork, posters, and fine art photographs from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society are included in this database. These historical collections visually represent Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from the pre-territorial period to the present.
Minnesota's National Register Properties
More than 1,500 Minnesota listings, encompassing over 6,000 properties from all counties in the state, can be found on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the nation's official list of properties deemed worthy of preservation. In Minnesota the National Register program is administered by the Society's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Minnesota Author Biographies Project
This pilot database provides biographical sketches of 36 past and present Minnesota authors. Each entry is accompanied by a selected bibliography of significant works by the author, and lists of both print and Web-based sources of additional information about the author.