Minnesota Historical Society

at 345 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, 55102-1906 United States

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways. The Minnesota Historical Society is part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul , MN 55102-1906
United States
Contact Phone
P: (651) 259-3000


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The Minnesota History Center and Mill City Museum will be open 10-5 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Published on 2015-01-19 05:55:13 GMT

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Published SAY Magazine on 2016-05-14 13:40:34 GMT

Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John F. Pohl and his wife, Alice E. Pohl are just one of the Minnesota power couples on view at the James J. Hill House "Power Couples" exhibit in St. Paul. This exhibit closes this Sunday, May 15th. Don't miss your chance to learn about their story and the stories of other power couples depicted in varying styles of portraiture from over the last 175 years! #art #powercouple #visitmnhistory #onlyinmn #wherewevebeen Portraits by Olaf Wedin For more info click: http://tinyurl.com/hmywgcv

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-13 21:30:00 GMT

Ever imagined yourself as a birchbark biting artist? If not, here's your chance (next Tuesday) to learn more about the traditional art form of Mazinibakajige: The art of birch bark biting! Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain) will discuss her efforts to preserve the art form, as well as her time spent as a Native American Artist-in-Residence at the Minnesota Historical Society. Historic examples of birch bark bitings from the MNHS collections will be on display. Lajimodiere has a short video to introduce you to birch bark biting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08bSq2YMr8

Published All My Relations Arts on 2016-05-13 19:38:25 GMT

A few of our collections staff pulled out some of their favorite weird MNHS collections items today. They seemed appropriate to share on Friday the 13th, so here are a few spooky, strange and downright weird items we've acquired over 150+ years of collecting.

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-13 19:21:19 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright visiting the Southdale Mall on November 27, 1956. According to the Minneapolis Star, he hated the mall … and the weather. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/frank-lloyd-wright-visit/

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-13 17:00:00 GMT

Neena Gada, came to Minnesota from India because it was “a huge opportunity [for her] to learn new things.” Come learn more about her story at Beyond Bollywood- now on view at the Minnesota History Center until July 10th. http://tinyurl.com/hthojqv #beyondbollywood #visitmnhistory #wherewevebeen #whoweare #livinghistory

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-13 14:25:15 GMT

Some tickets are still available for the May 21st date of our popular St. Paul Brewing History tour! Stops include Summit Brewing Company, Flat Earth Brewing Company and Great Waters Brewing Company with samples and great history and conversation along the way.

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-13 14:20:49 GMT

Minnesota History Center decided to combine 2 Smithsonian traveling exhibits and celebrate with one giant Bugs Bunny & Beyond Bollywood Mash-Up Family Day this Saturday! -Make a flip-book with Minnesota Center for Book Arts -Watch a cooking demo by James Beard Foundation Award winner Raghavan Iyer -See beautiful rangoli art demos with Shakuntala Design -Create a video with stop-motion animators from Green Jeans Media -Try on a sari with School of India for Languages and Culture - SILC -Learn classical Indian dances from Nritya Kalakshetra Academy of Performing Arts Minnesota -Stretch out with beginning yoga -Get henna designs by Reena Maheshwari -Hear folktales by Zaraawar Mistry of Dreamland Arts and music by Greg Herriges -Drop by a cricket clinic to learn the sport with the Minnesota Youth Cricket League -Make a stroboscope disc with mixed media artist, Neha Kapil

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-12 20:30:00 GMT

Always wanted to learn more about your home? Join Gale Family Library librarian Jackie Beckey at Ramsey House to learn how to research all the nooks and crannies of your home's history!

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-12 17:23:00 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a sign with skull and crossbones reversed out in white on black and the words “DANGER / KEEP OUT / GAS FUMES”. They were intended for posting on boxcar exteriors. Latest date 1960. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/boxcar-sign/

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-12 15:00:01 GMT

Enjoy last night's inaugural History Flirt at Minnesota History Center? Mark your calendar for the next event exploring Saturday morning cartoons in connection with the exhibit "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones."

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-11 21:10:00 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey with a button-closure front opening. The shirt reads “WACONIA” across the breast and has the number “9″ applied on the back. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/baseball-jersey/

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-11 15:00:00 GMT

158 years ago today, on May 11, 1858, Minnesota officially became the 32nd state of the United States. This Statehood Day, MNHS is highlighting a key place in Minnesota history: Historic Fort Snelling. Home to 10,000 years of history, the area is at the intersection of many complex, diverse Minnesota stories told nowhere else. We are working hard to revitalize the fort and expand the stories told there ahead of its bicentennial in 2020, but we need your help. Today please consider talking to your legislators about the importance of supporting and preserving Minnesota history! #HFS2020

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-11 13:30:00 GMT

Yesterday President Obama officially named the American bison the national mammal of the United States! Historically, bison called the Minnesota prairies home and were incredibly important to many American Indian tribes around the country. But by the 1800s, their US numbers had plummeted to barely 1,000 due to hunting and habitat loss. Thankfully, efforts started occurring to save the bison from extinction. Today in MN, you can visit bison herds at Minnesota Zoo, Blue Mounds State Park and Minneopa State Park.

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-10 20:08:00 GMT

Countless students have played Oregon Trail since 1971, but did you know it was created by three Minnesota student teachers?

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-10 17:00:00 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a non-regulation staff and field officer’s presentation sword and scabbard. The set was presented to Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley, who served as Minnesota’s first Governor, commander of the Minnesota Military District during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, and leader of a punitive expedition into Dakota Territory in the spring of 1863. The scabbard is engraved, “Presented / to / Brig. / Gen. H. H. Sibley / by / the officers of his staff / May 18, 1863.” See also a photograph of Sibley holding this sword, ID Number por 7052 r3. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/sibley-sword/

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-10 15:00:01 GMT

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Published Robin Banker-Hall on 2016-05-09 20:58:00 GMT

Amol Dixit on the food and philosophy of Hot Indian Foods. They will be here tomorrow at the Minnesota History Center's free, happy hour program, History Flirt, Tuesday May 10, from 5-8 PM. Stop by! #beyondbollywood

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-09 19:52:06 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a wool felt “Ranch Style” woven rug made by Colonial Felt Mills in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The rug is woven from strips of 1/2 inch-wide felt. The rug has never been used and still has its original paper tag attached. It was owned by Harriet Spencer, who may have acquired it for use on her ranch near Cody, Wyoming. It was created ca. 1965. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/rug/

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-09 15:00:01 GMT

Breakout Profile for #LSLS16For the casual historian, researcher, or curiosity seeker, finding and using historic newspapers can be a difficult process. It’s usually a daunting task of locating and navigating microfilm, then copying/printing/saving that information. What if there was progress being made to improve access and ease of searching for these historic materials? We at Lake Superior Libraries Symposium are excited that Anne Levin and Lynnette Westerlund of the Minnesota Historical Society will detail recent developments in digitizing newspapers and our history! Our presenters will highlight Minnesota’s digitized historic newspapers with a focus on the Lake Superior/Arrowhead Region. The presentation will include an overview of Digital Newspapers at MNHS including newspaper digitization projects, the partnerships that make digitization possible, development of the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub and Historical Minneapolis Tribune sites, and future plans for newspaper digitization. There will also be a fun digital tour of the Hub and other newspaper websites using tips and scenarios to help people become more accomplished in finding the information they need and to be able to share that knowledge with others in their home libraries. What are you waiting for? Register now! https://lakesuperiorlibrariessymposium.com/symposia/lsls16/break-out-sessions/

Published Lake Superior Libraries Symposium on 2016-05-09 14:03:08 GMT

Crappy photo of Paulette Myers-Rich's stunning book Quarter #1. I was privileged to look at it in the Library of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Published Sarah Peters on 2016-05-08 01:33:40 GMT

We're thrilled that Minnesota Historical Society Press and TPT - Twin Cities PBS have co-produced a documentary on Asian food, tradition and culture in Minnesota! You can view the whole documentary on TPT's website, and see local favorites like Pizzeria Lola, Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, Fuji Ya and more.

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-06 19:20:00 GMT

Visit the new Beyond Bollywood exhibit and enjoy a free, fun happy hour program, History Flirt: Beyond Bollywood, next Tuesday at 5 PM at Minnesota History Center! Anju Kataria of Khazana - Imported Arts and Textiles will be dressing models in our fashion show and selling some of her beautiful textiles and accessories at the event.

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-06 17:31:14 GMT

Our "Purple Rain" suit is on the move at Minnesota History Center! Today the costume is moving from the main lobby to the Gale Family Library lobby, where it can be seen along with other Prince items in our collections. We also now have a closing date; the suit will remain on view through Sunday, June 19. The library is free and open to the public, but has slightly different hours than the History Center. The suit will be available to view: Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm Wed-Sat: 9 am-4 pm Sun: noon-4 pm (the library itself is closed Sundays, but the lobby will be open to accommodate visitors wishing to see the Prince items)

Published Minnesota Historical Society on 2016-05-06 16:53:00 GMT

Today's Item of the Day from our collections is a photograph of two Minneapolis police officers searching for a drowning victim with the Gluek’s Brewery in the background on April 3, 1947. This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. See it in our Collections Up Close blog: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/searching-the-river/