Online Resources

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Primary and secondary sources on historical topics.

MNHS Web Archive

The following websites are no longer being maintained, but have been archived for ongoing public use. Some functionality may be limited.

  • A Place in Time: A Look at Fort Snelling’s Past
    A graphic visualization of life at Fort Snelling based on primary sources, including ledger book data and weather and mail records.
  • Becoming Minnesotan: Recent Immigrants and Refugees
    A collection of oral histories that represents a unique source of contemporary history through the experiences of the newest Americans, in their own words.
  • Civil War Letters of the Christie Family
    Letters from three brothers fighting in the Civil War. Digital images of some of the most interesting letters from the collection are online. Typed transcripts have been created to make the letters easier to read.
  • Dakota Language and Grammar
    This collection of fun and informative lessons provides numerous entry points for Dakota language learners.
  • Governors of Minnesota
    Portraits and biographies about all of Minnesota's governors. Also includes first ladies, the governor's residence and much more.
  • Lumberjack Math
    Combines the study of math and social studies for grades 5 - 8.
  • Minnesota and the Civil War
    A starting place for exploration of the rich and complex history of Minnesota's involvement in the U.S. Civil War.
  • Minnesota Author Biographies
    Maud Hart Lovelace, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many other Minnesota authors are featured in this extensive resource.
  • Minnesota Communities
    Explore the fascinating histories of three towns in Minnesota. Primary sources expose you to the hidden treasures of the past.
  • Tales of the Territory
    Activities and stories about Minnesota in the years before it became a state. Based on a past Minnesota History Center exhibit.