Minnesota Historical Society Press

Minnesota Historical Society Press Check us out on Twitter @MNHSPress The Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes books on the history, art, and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Founded in 1859, it is the oldest publisher in the state and the largest historical society press in the country. We seek to publish books for a broad audience of general readers and specialists. Understanding that where we come from is crucial to who we are, the press publishes books that explore the importance of place in this rich and varied region we call home. A lively magazine about the hist

Founded in 1859, it is the oldest publisher in the state and the largest historical society press in the country. We seek to publish books for a broad audience of general readers and specialists. Understanding that where we come from is crucial to who we are, the press publishes books that explore the importance of place in this rich and varied region we call home. A lively magazine about the hist

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From Anderson Center at Tower View: Meet author Denise Lajimodiere and learn more about her book "Josie Dances" (Minneso...
09/16/2021
Daughter’s experiences inspired children’s book; meet author Denise Lajimodiere in Red Wing

From Anderson Center at Tower View: Meet author Denise Lajimodiere and learn more about her book "Josie Dances" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2021) this Saturday at the 2021 Minnesota Children's Book Festival! Denise's presentation is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. #redwingmn

Denise Lajimodiere’s passion for tradition includes learning the art of birch bark biting. It’s a Native art form that predates Columbus.

09/13/2021

Meet author Patrick Strait on Tuesday, September 28 at Next Chapter Booksellers! If you are a comedy fan, check out MN Comedy on FB too! 😄😁😆

A life ruled by seasons, former Split Rock Lighthouse keeper writes of autumn in "The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse...
09/10/2021
A life ruled by seasons, former Split Rock Lighthouse keeper writes of autumn

A life ruled by seasons, former Split Rock Lighthouse keeper writes of autumn in "The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life".
Excerpt: Lee Radzak says there never was a bad dawn on Lake Superior.
https://www.startribune.com/split-rock-lighthouse-keeper-writes-of-autumn-minnesota-north-shore/600095558/

Lee Radzak has done a lot and observed a lot as the caretaker of one of Minnesota's most popular and recognizable landmarks.

"Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century" shines a spotlight on African American individuals and organizations w...
08/16/2021
Author Talk with Anthony Scott: Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century

"Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century" shines a spotlight on African American individuals and organizations who are helping to build a better Minnesota. Learn more from one of the editors and people featured in the book this Wednesday at 1 pm! Online event.
https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/60f7003dc1ce733000b942c7 w/ Minnesota's Black Community Project

Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century shines a spotlight on African American individuals and organizations who are helping to build a better Minnesota. Co-author Anthony R. Scott hosts a discussion featuring community advocate and longtime director of the Sabathani Senior Center, Georgia M...

Congratulations to Patrick Strait for earning a spot among Vulture’s top comedy books of 2021 (so far)! His book, Funny ...
08/07/2021
The Best Comedy Books of 2021 (So Far)

Congratulations to Patrick Strait for earning a spot among Vulture’s top comedy books of 2021 (so far)! His book, Funny Thing About Minnesota…, “celebrates and carefully details the unique comedy” that emerged and thrived in this “midsize, semi-isolated city” (according to the NYC-based Vulture).

Featuring a history of the Twin Cities comedy scene and Quinta Brunson’s debut.

Congratulations to Daniel Corrigan on his retirement! Daniel brought a special combination of artistry and humbleness to...
07/19/2021
Heyday – Minnesota Historical Society

Congratulations to Daniel Corrigan on his retirement! Daniel brought a special combination of artistry and humbleness to his work while helping to build and elevate the Twin Cities music scene through his photography for all these years. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him on the book HEYDAY.

All best luck to you, Dan, in your next phase of creativity and R&R!

https://shop.mnhs.org/collections/browse-mnhs-press-titles/products/heyday?variant=31803024310368

35 Years of Music in Minneapolis Photography by Daniel Corrigan, with text by Danny Sigelman Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 1, 2016) A look back at more than three decades of music in Minneapolis through the lens of one of the most prolific and renowned photographers on the scene. Desc...

"This journalist and documentary producer [Todd Melby] is the perfect person to have documented the making of a great Am...
06/28/2021
NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS JUNE 2021

"This journalist and documentary producer [Todd Melby] is the perfect person to have documented the making of a great American film. I love this book." LeonardMaltin.com

A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAKING OF FARGO by Todd Melby; foreword by William H. Macy (Minnesota Historical Society Press) Despite the pedigree of its publis…

06/18/2021
"Curious and Romantic Sensation": S*x, Fraud, and Celebrity in the Leon A. Belmont Case of 1880

In celebration of Pride month, join us for a discussion hosted by Katie Thornton, an award-winning multimedia journalist, Fulbright Fellow, and former Gale Research Fellow. She'll be in conversation with Lizzie Ehrenhalt, author of the recent Minnesota History article "'Curious and Romantic Sensation': S*x, Fraud, and Celebrity in the Leon A. Belmont Case of 1880."

Between October 30 and November 25, 1880, Twin Cities newspapers published more than five dozen articles on a scandal that came to be known as “the Belmont sensation.” In them, reporters wrestled with how to respond to a person they perceived to be a woman seducing other women and dressing in clothes they associated with men. Their conclusions shifted as the sensation went on, with some writers expressing outrage and others celebrating Belmont as a hero. Rather than cancel each other out, these conflicting feelings reinforced each other and created a modern celebrity icon in the mold of Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, and P. T. Barnum.

Lizzie Ehrenhalt is a public historian and the editor of MNopedia, the digital encyclopedia of Minnesota history. She has a master's degree in archives management from the University of Michigan, a master's certificate in museum studies from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in gender studies and Latin from Oberlin College. With Tilly Laskey, she is a co-editor of Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Whipple, 1890‒1918, (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019). In MNopedia, she is the author of, most recently, "Over the Rainbow: Q***r and Trans History in Minnesota."

05/20/2021
Artist in the Gallery: Denise Lajimodiere & Angela Erdrich on "Josie Dances"

Join us for a conversation hosted by Collections Outreach Specialist Rita Walaszek Arndt (White Earth Ojibwe) with author Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) and illustrator Dr. Angela Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) as they share their new children's picture book, "Josie Dances".

In this Ojibwe girl’s coming-of-age story, Denise highlights her own daughter’s experience at powwow. Elegant artwork by Angela features not only Josie and her family but also the animals, seasons and heartbeat of Aki, Mother Earth, and the traditions that link Josie to generations past and yet to come.

This program will be streamed live and also archived as a recording on Facebook and YouTube.

The Artist in the Gallery series highlights many of the artists featured in the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit. Support for this program provided by the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.

Wisdom from screenwriter and playwright David Lawrence Grant, one of the contributors to @sunyungshin's  "A Good Time fo...
04/21/2021
Opinion | What ‘Minnesota Nice’ Sweeps Under the Rug

Wisdom from screenwriter and playwright David Lawrence Grant, one of the contributors to @sunyungshin's "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota".

"The true core issue is that in addition to enforcing the kinds of laws we can all agree on, law enforcement has also been used in a thousand different ways, large and small, to enforce the second-class citizenship of people who look like my son, my grandsons and me."
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/opinion/sunday/daunte-wright-racism-minnesota.html

The beloved stereotype about our state’s cult of politeness would have you believe that there’s no toehold for white supremacy here.

36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/16/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Jane Lamm Carroll, author of Daybreak Woman: An Anglo-Dakota Life Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction, sponsored by Bookmobile Craft Digital Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our 36 finalists. You can als...

36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/14/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Anton Treur, author of The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds General Nonfiction category Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our 36 finalists. You can also watch the au...

36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/14/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During World War II Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction, sponsored by Bookmobile Craft Digital Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our...

We are grateful for Jonathan Thunder's "visual poetry"! (We've had the pleasure of working with him as the illustrator o...
04/07/2021
Discover the Art of Ojibwe Storyteller Jonathan Thunder - TPT Originals

We are grateful for Jonathan Thunder's "visual poetry"! (We've had the pleasure of working with him as the illustrator of "Bowwow Powwow" and "Anooj Inaajimod".)

  Duluth painter and multi-media artist Jonathan Thunder recently spoke to Almanac's Kaomi Lee about creating work that reflects on current events

Congratulations to Alexs Pate! Check out "Blues Vision", the book he edited with Pamela Fletcher and J. Otis Powell‽ tha...
04/02/2021
2021 Kay S*xton Award | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Congratulations to Alexs Pate! Check out "Blues Vision", the book he edited with Pamela Fletcher and J. Otis Powell‽ that we co-published with Minnesota Humanities Center: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/blues-vision

Alexs Pate Named 2021 Kay S*xton Award Recipient  SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 30, 2021 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced today that Alexs Pate is the winner of the 2021 Kay S*xton Award for his significant contributions to and leadership in Minnesota’s l...

03/31/2021
Funny Thing About Minnesota: A Woman's Place is in the (virtual) Spotlight

The history of Twin Cities' stand-up comedy includes a roster of incredible homegrown female talents who broke down barriers, muscled their way into the rooms, and established their own voices.

Patrick Strait, author of the new book, "Funny Thing About Minnesota..." will host a live conversation with special guests, Stephanie Hodge, Priscilla Nelson, Karen Pickering and Kristin Andersen-Anderson, as they share memories and stories on how they helped pave the way for generations to come.

More info about the book at https://www.mnhs.org/.../books/funny-thing-about-minnesota

Some content in this video may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

Another installment of FARGO audition tapes from Todd Melby, author of the forthcoming book, "A Lot Can Happen in the Mi...
02/26/2021
Fargo Movie Auditions: Michelle Hutchison (Es**rt)

Another installment of FARGO audition tapes from Todd Melby, author of the forthcoming book, "A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo". The Coen Brothers cast Michelle Hutchison as the es**rt in Fargo. She's the one sitting next to Steve Buscemi, sipping champagne and listening to José Feliciano at the nightclub. In this audition, she's reading for the role of Ho**er #1 and Ho**er #2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcMgZc-BmL8

The Coen Brothers cast Michelle Hutchison as the es**rt in Fargo. She's the one sitting next to Steve Buscemi, sipping champagne and listening to José Felici...

New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene
02/23/2021
New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene

New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene

Patrick Strait, author of "Funny Thing About Minnesota: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene," explains (). WCCO Mid-Morning - February 23, 2021

We're delighted to share that Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning book, "Slavery's Rea...
02/19/2021

We're delighted to share that Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning book, "Slavery's Reach" is featured in the Hennepin County Library's Black History Makers series. For a list of more MNHS Press books about African American History in Minnesota, visit https://bit.ly/3pAMgLY

HCL is celebrating Black History Month by featuring current history makers in our community. Today we are featuring Dr. Christopher P. Lehman.

Dr. Lehman studies local history and how African Americans contribute to it. He teaches this history in his courses at St. Cloud State University. He wrote about the history for his book, “Slavery’s Reach.” It won the Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Nonfiction category in 2020.

-- What inspires you to do the work you do in your community?

I am inspired by the thirst that my students have for deeper histories of their communities. They want to know how people who look like them, or who lived where they live, did important things in this country. Their curiosity then makes me curious, and then I start my research.

-- What part of this work for your community are you most proud of?

I like hearing from people who tell me that they understand Minnesota better or their communities better after having read my work. I'm glad when they appreciate the roles that many groups of people played in Minnesota's history.

Yay! We have two more Minnesota Book Award finalists! Congrats to Jane Lamm Carroll and Virginia Wright-Peterson.
02/01/2021

Yay! We have two more Minnesota Book Award finalists! Congrats to Jane Lamm Carroll and Virginia Wright-Peterson.

Congratulations to Anton Treuer for making the Minnesota Book Award Finalist list!
02/01/2021

Congratulations to Anton Treuer for making the Minnesota Book Award Finalist list!

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So wonderful learning how Todd Melby put together his wonderful examination of "Fargo." A worthy study of a legendary film!
I reviewed the recently published cookbook, Land of 10,000 Plates. It was not on GoodReads, so I added it, but probably publishers add more info and have more control (like linking the author to her other book Jul) and so on - things a reader cannot do. It was not on StoryGraph either, though there it was imported using the ISBN, so that info is probably optimal already.
We still have tickets left for the 3 pm & 6 pm, come on over for supper or a late lunch! (Please share)
THANK U 4 KEEPIN HIM ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS
RIP Prince and rest well in Heaven💜💜
Hello, just a note to inform you of a 1905 photo album with lots of Ramsey County photos in it. Thank you
The Dakota War of 1862. America’s most forgotten Indian War. Hundreds of movies have been made about the battles between the troops of the US Army and the warriors of the Plains Indians but none were ever made about this war or these battles. The now bucolic countryside of southwestern Minnesota doesn’t seem to be a proper setting for an Indian War. How could anything heroic, or bloody, ever have happened there? Yet there was a war there. A bloody one. Over a hundred white soldiers were killed in action. Only the Battle of the Little Big Horn had more casualties. Hundreds of white settlers were killed, most of them murdered in cold blood. The number of Dakota Indians who died during the war is unknown, but those who died afterwards-executed in the biggest mass hanging in US history and confined in prison camps and forced onto wretched reservations, runs well into the hundreds. Much blood was spilled, both white and red, still little note has been taken of the carnage. Indian Blood is one modern man’s search for the truth behind stories his Great Aunt told him about “The Uprising” when he was a child. A search for his ancestors. Ancestors whose lives were intertwined with the Dakota War. Though he didn’t know that when he began searching. His search spans more than 30 years. It takes him along a winding frustrating path with many dead ends and detours. Some of his childish questions are answered, but for each question answered a new more vexing question is raised. He needs a lot of help to find the truth. Murder and blood are at the source of that truth. But finding that bloody truth is not enough. He must do something about that long-hidden truth once he has found it. Search “Indian Blood”, including parentheses, on Amazon and you’ll find out the whole story.
I'm thrilled that Minnesota Historical Society Press will b publishing "Prince - Before The Rain" with the iconic Prince photography by Allen Beaulieu. I can't wait 2 get my hands on the book with 224 pages of awesomeness!
Who do I speak with about this rare cabinet photo of a white male and white female being carried in sedan chairs, note the address in the right corner..