The History of ‘Minnesota History’ On View at the Minnesota History Center through March 29, 2020

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Release dated: 
January 8, 2020
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148,

The History of ‘Minnesota History’ On View at the Minnesota History Center through March 29, 2020

Since its first publication in 1915, ”Minnesota History,” the quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society, has sought to tell nuanced histories that are well-researched, engaging, and richly illustrated on a wide variety of Minnesota history topics. Visitors can look back at how some of those topics were presented in a new display in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center, on view through March 29, 2020. Admission to the library is always free.

For the display, objects from MNHS collections are paired with “Minnesota History” articles in which they were featured. These combinations reflect the history of the magazine, changes in the field of history, and a changing Minnesota.

MN History magazine covers

Until the late 1960s, the topics of settler-colonists life, the fur trade, Northern European immigration, labor history, and state politics predominated.

Since the 1970s, with the arrival of people from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Africa, Minnesota has grown more diverse. The magazine began to receive and commission articles that feature people from these regions, as well as from historians and writers that focus on people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

This exhibit is supported, in part, by longtime MNHS member Frank Dowding’s Mirador Fund. 

“Minnesota History” is published quarterly and features peer-reviewed articles on Minnesota history topics, book reviews, biographies, and information on MNHS collection items.  It is included as a benefit of MNHS membership and is also available by subscription. Explore more “Minnesota History” online including PDF copies of archived articles.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at