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.
These resources cover a broad range of topics and information.
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A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history.
The Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes books on the history, art and culture of the Upper Midwest.
The ever-popular Item of the Day, plus Civil War and World War I daybooks, all drawn from the extensive MNHS collections.
A chronological compendium of remarkable and curious events in the history of the North Star State.
A lively, richly illustrated magazine published quarterly by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Find issues and articles dating back to 1915.
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.
These projects focus on specific themes and concepts.
MNHS resources about the history and culture of Minnesota’s Hmong people.
LGBTQ stories and historical resources brought together in one place.
A resource for learning about the war, its causes and its far-reaching consequences.
A Minnesota Historical Society Press blog highlighting new publications, awards, events and other news.
An overview of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota cultural objects that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s historical artifacts collection.
A vast collection of Ojibwe materials that are part of the MNHS American Indian collection.
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.
A starting place for exploration of the rich and complex history of Minnesota's involvement in the U.S. Civil War.
Conservation work has improved environmental conditions at the Jeffers historic site and resulted in the exposure of thousands of additional stone carvings.
A graphic visualization of life at Fort Snelling based on primary sources, including ledger book data and weather and mail records.
Learn about prominent dressmakers, their work and their clients in Minnesota between 1880 and 1920.
Maud Hart Lovelace, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many other Minnesota authors are featured in this extensive resource.
Portraits and biographies about all of Minnesota's governors. Also includes first ladies, the governor's residence and much more.
Explore the fascinating histories of three towns in Minnesota. Primary sources expose you to the hidden treasures of the past.
House of Memories is a museum-led dementia awareness program.
Background, details and historical documents relating to the tragic events of June 15, 1920.
This collection of fun and informative lessons provides numerous entry points for Dakota language learners.
A Minnesota Historical Society/Science Museum of Minnesota collaboration exploring American Indian culture in the Bishop Whipple collections held by both institutions.
From the battlefields to the displays in the Capitol rotunda, the flags used in the Civil, U.S.-Dakota and Spanish-American wars have been honored and cherished relics for generations of visitors, and each has a special story to tell.
Activities and stories about Minnesota in the years before it became a state. Based on a past Minnesota History Center exhibit.
Explore the stories of four real people who worked in Minnesota's lumber camps, sawmills, farms and flour mills.
The extensive Mondale Papers document the Vice President's career, life and family.
Historical information comes from people like you. These projects tell — and in many cases gather — the stories of people from Minnesota and beyond.
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.
A collection of oral histories that represents a unique source of contemporary history through the experiences of the newest Americans, in their own words.
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.
Enjoy learning from others' stories or share the history of houses, buildings, farmsteads, public land, neighborhoods or any place to which you have a personal connection.