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World War I Centennial Weekend

Aug 19 10 am - 5 pm | St Paul

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2018. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the US entered the conflict in 1917.

Sat., Aug 18
World War I Centennial Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Aug 18
Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Aug 18
Sun., Aug 19
World War I Centennial Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Wed., Aug 22
Mill City Live: Little Fevers
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis & Minnesota Now on View Minnesota History Center
The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift, Now on View, Mill City Museum
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Update

UPDATE — May, 30, 2018: Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill today, which includes $15 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling and $8 million for statewide historic sites asset preservation. MNHS thanks Governor Dayton and the legislature for this critical funding, and is grateful for the broad support received from Minnesotans. Thank the governor and state legislators.


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New from MNHS Press

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook.

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook

This accessible guide celebrates a vibrant food culture that crisscrosses national and regional borders, inviting all comers to relish comforting and flavorful meals, Somali American style.

Featured MNopedia Article

The village of Wakan Ozanzan (Medicine Bottle) on the Mississippi River (at present-day Pine Bend) by Seth Eastman in the 1840s and printed by Henry Lewis as a lithograph on paper ca. 1855.

Dakota, Ho-Chunk, and French Indigenous Communities Between St. Paul and Prairie du Chien, ca. 1300–1865

The land between present-day St. Paul, Minnesota, and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, served as a highway for Native and mixed-ancestry fur traders during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Collections Item of the Day

This is the version of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa license plate issued in 1998. The lake is nicely framed by the trees in this simple but elegant plate.




Explore the tumultuous year of 1968 through the eyes of Minnesotans as they reflect on then and now.

Gale Family Library


Gale Family Library Legacy Research Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Legacy Research Fellowship program! Fellowships are for independent researchers engaged in Minnesota-related research that draws on the Gale Family Library resources and that adds to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's history.

Summer Camps

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Day camps

MNHS day camps, designed for fun-loving kids ages 7–14, are on sale now.