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Minnesota's Greatest Generation

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This landmark exhibit features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, displays and hands-on elements to explore the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments, challenges and enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.


Minnesota’s Greatest Generation lived through it all.  The result is a variety of rich and diverse life stories – tragic to heroic, dramatic to ordinary. This project preserves their legacy and makes it accessible to coming generations through an exhibit, films, workshops, and this web site. Learn more.

Save your family treasures for years to come. Learn how to create your family's oral history and techniques for the proper storage of your heirlooms. Learn more.

May 8, 2009 is the 65th anniversary of victory in Europe. Explore VE-Day stories and resources.

Members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation are people we know, they are our grandparents, our parents and our next-door neighbors. Yet, we may have never heard their stories. These remarkable people – who grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II and participated in the post-war boom – created a lasting legacy that has shaped all of us who have come after.

Now On View

A hands-on exhibit about the lives of this generation told through their stories.

Share Your Story

Everyone has a story to tell! Read personal stories from members of this generation.

In Their Words

Explore the lives of the Greatest Generation through their stories, photos, films, diaries, and artifacts.