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MNHS History Tours.


Featured Events

Cow in a field.

Dairy Days Weekend

June 22 10:00 am - 5:00 pm | Elk River

Celebrate Dairy Month and discover how farmers cared for their dairy cattle in the mid-19th century versus today. Help mix up grain rations, water cattle, and make butter and cottage cheese.

Sat., Jun 22
Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jun 22
Sat., Jun 22
Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sun., Jun 23
Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mon., Jun 24
Arts on the River Day Camp
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Open House exhibit, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
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History Matters

Children at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Thank you, Minnesota

Help us thank state leaders for their ongoing commitment to history.


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Celebrate Dairy Days

Celebrate Dairy Days at the Oliver Kelley Farm with the book It's Milking Time.

New from MNHS Press

Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life.

Hijinx and Hearsay

A look back at famous and infamous artists, musicians, and entertainers who came through Minnesota, viewed through stellar photos and engaging stories from two guys who were there on the scene.


Featured MNopedia Article

ACT UP handbill announcing a march against HIV AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Crisis, 1981‒1997

In 1981, AIDS was a mystery illness—a so-called “gay plague” because of its initial appearance among men who had sex with other men in large coastal cities like New York and San Francisco. Minnesotans breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they were far enough from the epidemic to be safe. But they were wrong.

Collections Item of the Day

This men's kufi cap, manufactured by Batakali Fashion Design of New Hope, was acquired at the 1990 Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis. Juneteenth is the holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States as announced on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.The cap features geometric line patterns printed in colors symbolic of Pan-Africanism: orange yellow, reddish orange, green, and black.


 Prince Before the Rain

Prince: Before the Rain

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu captured Prince's progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. 

Gale Family Library

First Avenue music venue.

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

Explore the history of this Twin Cities landmark – from its time as a bus depot through its modern role as a music venue – using resources at the Gale Family Library.


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Primary Source Packet Series

Engage students in complex history topics and develop their critical-thinking skills with our primary source packets. For grades 5-12.