Advocate for History

You can make a difference and speak up for history by joining us for History Matters Day at the Capitol on February 29. Let your legislators know why history matters to you!

Now on view!

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Explore the African American fight for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.

This exhibit is now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

Now on view!

The Life & Art of Charles M. Schulz

Explore Charles Schulz’s personal history and his role as the inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its beloved cast of characters. Exhibit now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

History Forum

Since 2004, the History Forum has explored the richness, expansiveness, and complexity of American history with some of the nation’s best scholars. That tradition continues with six new lectures highlighting the diversity and excellence of today’s historical scholarship.

State Emblems Redesign Commission

Learn about the recently-adopted designs for a new state flag and state seal, which will go into effect on May 11, 2024. As outlined in state legislation, the Minnesota Historical Society provided administrative support to the State Emblems Redesign Commission.

Welcome to the Minnesota Historical Society

History shapes, inspires, and informs the present. We strive to bring forward, share, and preserve the diverse histories that make up Minnesota’s complex past. Experience Minnesota history through our network of historic sites, museums, and exhibitions, our extensive collections and research, and our thought-provoking educational programming. Join us! Cultivate your curiosity and experience powerful engagements with history today.
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    Get out and explore MNHS historic sites and museums around Minnesota.
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    View all MNHS programs and events.
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    Search a wealth of records and images from MNHS collections.
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    Delve into essential research tools, materials, and services.
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    Learn about field trips, the Northern Lights textbook, primary sources, and more.
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    MNHS preserves and protects the objects, documents, and places that make Minnesota home.
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    MNHS Press is a leading publisher of books on the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
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    Shop for books and gifts relating to the fascinating people, long history, and unique culture of Minnesota.

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Black History I Black Voices

February is Black History Month! Deepen your understanding of Black history and the contributions Black Americans have made to Minnesota.

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Superior National Forest

Superior National Forest is an iconic part of northeast Minnesota that comprises over three million acres (more than 445,000 of which are surface water) of boreal forest.

MNHS Press

Record executive, producer, band manager, club DJ, booking advisor, record store manager—few people had as deep an impact on the Twin Cities alternative and indie rock scene as Peter Jesperson.

Use our online resources and the Gale Family Library to research your past and understand the life we share today. Search our extensive database of birth and death certificates and the State Archives. 

Upcoming
MNHS events

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March 2, 2024, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River

Gilded Age Cookbook Baking Demo

March 2, 2024, 1 - 1:30 pm

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

The Draft Horse Experience Forest History Center

March 2, 2024, 2 - 3:30 pm

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids


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Unlimited history

MNHS historic sites and museums offer unique insights into Minnesota’s past and present.

Come explore the lives of lumberjacks, learn how Indigenous knowledge has shaped our history, step into the world of famous Minnesotans, or take in spectacular views!


Become a member

MNHS membership is the best way to create your very own historic adventure. Members get the best deal in history with free general admission and discounts on events, purchases, and more at our historic sites and museums for a full year.