The Minnesota Historical Society has been preserving and sharing content since 1849 — nine years before Minnesota's statehood. This set of source-rich projects, stories, and tools represent a gateway into our efforts to bring Minnesota history online.
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    Discover materials associated with a particular person or name. Includes birth, death, census, veterans graves, and Gold Star Roll records.
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    Search photographs, artifacts, maps and atlases, oral histories, works of art, sound recordings and much more from MNHS Collections.
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    Start your research here. Tools, library and archival collection guides and information on distance and in-person library services.
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    Access to millions of digital newspaper pages through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub.


Books we publish on the history, art and culture of the Upper Midwest.

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Minnesota History magazine

A lively, richly illustrated magazine published quarterly. Purchase recent issues and explore the archive.

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Minnesota’s online encyclopedia with entries about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history.

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​​The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and protects the objects, documents, places, and buildings that make Minnesota home. State legislative archives, grant information and support for local history conservation and preservation projects.

Stories and more

The Journey to Juneteenth

Learn about the origins of Juneteenth, how it has changed over time, and the ongoing stories of Black freedom celebrations.

Black History I Black Voices

Deepen your understanding of Black history and the contributions Black Americans have made to Minnesota.

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.

Duluth Lynchings

Background, details and historical documents relating to the tragic events of June 15, 1920.

LGBTQIA + Communities In Minnesota

LGBTQ stories and historical resources brought together in one place.

The US Dakota War of 1862

It has been over 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a disastrous time in Minnesota history. The war had a profound impact in shaping Minnesota as we know it today. This site is a resource for learning about the war, its causes, and its far-reaching consequences.

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