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The Minnesota Historical Society has been preserving and sharing content since 1849 — nine years before Minnesota's statehood. This set of content-rich projects represents current and recent efforts to develop and share historical resources online.

Multi-Theme | Single Theme | Your Stories

Multi-Theme

These resources cover a broad range of topics and information.

Collections Up Close

Collections Up Close

The ever-popular Item of the Day, plus Civil War and World War I daybooks, all drawn from the extensive MNHS collections.

History at Home

History at Home

Learn about history while at home. Here's a good place to start!

Minnesota History Magazine

Minnesota History Magazine

A lively, richly illustrated magazine published quarterly by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Find issues and articles dating back to 1915.

MNHS Press Books

MNHS Press Books

The Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes books on the history, art and culture of the Upper Midwest.

MNopedia

MNopedia

A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history.

Storied

Go beyond the bare facts of Minnesota history. Uncover the real stories and real people behind the dates — and for a short time, inhabit their lives.

This Day in Minnesota History

This Day in Minnesota History

A chronological compendium of remarkable and curious events in the history of the North Star State.

Single Theme

These projects focus on specific themes and concepts.

Black History, Black Voices

Black History, Black Voices

Ongoing programs, content, and resources, created by members of Minnesota’s Black community, that center Black voices, history, and issues.

Duluth Lynchings

Duluth Lynchings

Background, details and historical documents relating to the tragic events of June 15, 1920.

Forests, Fields and the Falls

Forests, Fields and the Falls

Explore the stories of four real people who worked in Minnesota's lumber camps, sawmills, farms and flour mills.

Hmong in Minnesota

Hmong in Minnesota

MNHS resources about the history and culture of Minnesota’s Hmong people.

House of Memories

House of Memories

House of Memories is a museum-led dementia awareness program.

Ojibwe Material Culture

Ojibwe Material Culture

A vast collection of Ojibwe materials that are part of the MNHS American Indian collection.

Renewing What They Gave Us.

Renewing What They Gave Us

A blog about how MNHS assists Native people in connecting with works created by their ancestors, and provides support for learning, practicing, teaching, and recovering culture.

Stories of LGBTQ Communities in Minnesota

Stories of LGBTQ Communities in Minnesota

LGBTQ stories and historical resources brought together in one place.

The Seven Council Fires

The Seven Council Fires

An overview of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota cultural objects that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s historical artifacts collection.

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

A resource for learning about the war, its causes and its far-reaching consequences.

Votes for Women

Votes for Women

Learn how the landmark 19th Amendment was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day.

Walter F. Mondale Collection

Walter F. Mondale Collection

The extensive Mondale Papers document the Vice President's career, life and family.

Your Stories

Historical information comes from people like you. These projects tell — and in many cases gather — the stories of people from Minnesota and beyond.

History is Now: Real Community Stories from the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

History is Now: Real Community Stories from the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Find meaning in the lives of your neighbors, your community, and your state in a time of pandemic—as together, we capture history in real time.

Stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Stories by and about remarkable people who grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II and participated in the post-war boom.