Minnesota History Roulette is No Longer Available

What was Minnesota History Roulette?

Minnesota History Roulette was a game of chance, an impossible time machine, a historical mashup generator, in which players would push the "SPIN" button to free-associate their way through the Minnesota Historical Society's photo and newspaper collections. It was made possible through an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries and Museums.

A chance spin on the History Roulette machine would combine random pairs of image and caption elements into a mock newspaper front page—often making comical or otherwise interesting juxtapositions, and generating curiosty about MNHS collections.


  • Photo—Ralph Samuelson coming off the ramp while water skiing. (1925) (Image link)
  • ClippingFuturist art is not entirely dead, as you can see by this. (Newspaper link).

MN History Roulette example