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The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.

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USS Minnesota in the Civil War and Beyond

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | March 26, 2015
Any idea how many ships have borne the name USS Minnesota? Learn about the ship, its role in the Civil War, and where you can see ship artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.

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By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | May 22, 2014
Learn about the new exhibit Toys and about which iconic toys from the '50s, '60s, and '70s were invented right here in Minnesota. Will your favorites be among them?

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Charles Chamblis Photography Collection

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | April 21, 2014
From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. The Minnesota Historical Society is thrilled to have a collection of over 2,000 of his images documenting life in the 1970-1980s.

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis is a new exhibit of his work, opening at the Minnesota Historical Society on April 26, 2014.

And join us for Retrorama: a celebration of fashion of the 70-80s on May 16, 2014!

Remembering Joan Mondale

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | February 5, 2014
Joan Mondale, wife of former Senator and Vice-President Walter Mondale, passed away this week at the age of 83. She was a passionate arts advocate, partner in politics, potter, and mother.

Seen here are a selection of images from her personal papers and Mr. Mondale's papers, both at the Minnesota Historical Society. These images show many aspects of her life in the public eye, but can only hint at her spirit.

Please see this document for specific information on the images.
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"Latest News by Telegraph", "From Tennessee" and "Grant", The Saint Paul Press - January 1, 1865

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | January 1, 2014

Baseball in Minnesota: the Early Years

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | August 23, 2013

A look at the early days of the Great American Pastime in Minnesota, from its beginnings post-Civil War up to the arrival of the Minnesota Twins.



By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | June 3, 2013
Minnesota has a long history of transportation, but one of the most dramatic eras is that of the railroads. This video shows the beauty and excitement of trains, using film footage, photos, and objects from the Minnesota Historical Society's Collection.

A longer version of this piece will be showing at the Northern Spark Festival in Lowertown, Saint Paul on June 8, 2013. Trains, romance and stories of riding the rails will be seen in the Minnesota Historical Society commissioned film "Arriving/Departing in Central Standard Time" by artists Michael and Abigail Mouw, showing at the Union Depot during the Festival.

Minnesota Stories: St. Paul's Fitzgerald

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | May 9, 2013
The Great Gatsby, now a new major motion picture, was written by a man with Minnesota roots. Discover St. Paul's F. Scott Fitzgerald and stories you may not have heard.

They Chose Minnesota: Immigration to the North Star State

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | May 3, 2013
Immigrants are an important part of the Minnesota story. This episode looks at immigration through what people brought with them to their new home. What was useful, what held memories, what shows why they had to leave?

Andersonville and Civil War Prisoners

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | March 6, 2013
Prisoner of war camps during the Civil War were often more dangerous than the battlefield. Watch to learn more about the system of prisoner exchanges and how circumstances deteriorated as the war dragged on. Andersonville is particularly noted, as many Minnesota soldiers spent time there.


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