MNHS Web Archive

The following websites are no longer being maintained, but have been archived for ongoing public use. Some functionality may be limited.

  • 10,000 Books Blog
    A Minnesota Historical Society Press blog highlighting new publications, awards, events and other news.
  • A Place in Time: A Look at Fort Snelling’s Past
    A graphic visualization of life at Fort Snelling based on primary sources, including ledger book data and weather and mail records.
  • Becoming Minnesotan: Recent Immigrants and Refugees
    A collection of oral histories that represents a unique source of contemporary history through the experiences of the newest Americans, in their own words.
  • Civil War Letters of the Christie Family
    Letters from three brothers fighting in the Civil War. Digital images of some of the most interesting letters from the collection are online. Typed transcripts have been created to make the letters easier to read.
  • Dakota Language and Grammar
    This collection of fun and informative lessons provides numerous entry points for Dakota language learners.
  • Directory of Minnesota Photographers
    The directory provides biographical and historical information about commercial photographers and photographic studios.
  • Governors of Minnesota
    Portraits and biographies about all of Minnesota's governors. Also includes first ladies, the governor's residence and much more.
  • Governor Ventura Speeches Collection
    These speeches were delivered by Governor Jesse Ventura to a variety of audiences, from high school students to policy advisors to journalists.
  • Jeffers Petroglyphs Preservation Project
    Conservation work has improved environmental conditions at the Jeffers historic site and resulted in the exposure of thousands of additional stone carvings.
  • Lumberjack Math
    Combines the study of math and social studies for grades 5 - 8.
  • Minneapolis Music Collection
    In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, the creative explosion in Minnesota's thriving black and white rock music scenes expanded the state's cultural identity far beyond the shores of Lake Wobegon.
  • Minnesota and the Civil War
    A starting place for exploration of the rich and complex history of Minnesota's involvement in the U.S. Civil War.
  • Minnesota and the Civil War Collections
    A rich collection of primary source materials (government records, manuscripts, photographs, art, artifacts) and secondary resources (books, published diaries, official sources) relating to the Civil War.
  • Minnesota Author Biographies
    Maud Hart Lovelace, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many other Minnesota authors are featured in this extensive resource.
  • Minnesota Communities
    Explore the fascinating histories of three towns in Minnesota. Primary sources expose you to the hidden treasures of the past.
  • Minnesota Dressmakers
    Learn about prominent dressmakers, their work and their clients in Minnesota between 1880 and 1920.
  • Minnesota Immigrant Oral Histories
    Oral History interviews conducted between 1967 and 2012 with some of Minnesota's recent immigrant groups
  • Minnesota Maps Collections
    The MNHS map collection consists of about 19,000 maps and nearly 2,000 volumes of atlases. The collection strongly emphasizes the state of Minnesota from 1849 to the present.
  • Minnesota's Constitution(s)
    Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Democratic and Republican versions.
  • Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks
    The cold fresh water of Minnesota's lakes and rivers have preserved an important part of our history - in shipwrecks! Each one is a unique and integral part of the fabric of America's maritime heritage.
  • Pioneers of the Medical Industry in Minnesota 
    These interviews document the development of the medical technology industry in Minnesota through the people who generated the ideas, designed the products, and created the marketing organizations that form the industry.
  • Stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation
    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.
  • Tales of the Territory
    Activities and stories about Minnesota in the years before it became a state. Based on a past Minnesota History Center exhibit.
  • The Battle Flags of Minnesota
    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.
  • Voices of Minnesota
    Audio, video and written transcripts from more than 1,300 interviews in the MNHS Oral History collection.
  • 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.