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Minnesota Historical Society 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.
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From MNopedia: Around midnight on July 10, 1970, four teams of two or three people each broke into Selective Service off...
07/16/2020

From MNopedia: Around midnight on July 10, 1970, four teams of two or three people each broke into Selective Service offices in Little Falls, Alexandria, Winona, and Wabasha, intending to destroy as many military draft files as possible—acts of protest against the war in Vietnam. They became known as the Minnesota Eight. Photo used with the permission of Cheryl Walsh Bellville.

It's a difficult day as MNHS announces a second round of layoffs. Read the news release here: https://www.mnhs.org/media...
07/16/2020
MNHS Announces Second Round of Layoffs

It's a difficult day as MNHS announces a second round of layoffs. Read the news release here: https://www.mnhs.org/media/news/12121

Due to the ongoing closure of many Minnesota Historical Society sites and museums, MNHS has made the difficult decision to lay off 40 employees and extend the furlough of 34 staff. At the same time, MNHS will recall 16 people from furlough. With last month’s staffing announcement MNHS has now laid...

07/16/2020
2020 Visitor Experience

Split Rock Lighthouse is open! Take a look at all you can do when you visit.

Reserve your tickets today: mnhs.org/splitrock

#splitrocklighthouse #onlyinmn #dreamnorthmn #authenticduluth

07/16/2020
Virtual Book Launch "Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century"

Join us for a virtual publication celebration for "Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century" with co-editors Anthony Scott, Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, and Dr. Charles Crutchfield III in conversation with host Al McFarlane, founder and publisher of Insight News.
While African Americans comprise just five percent of the total population of Minnesota today, the state boasts many successful, creative, and influential African American residents who have left and continue to leave their mark in a wide range of professional and avocational pursuits. This book honors those individuals.

More info on the book at: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/minnesotas-black-community-21st-century

Yesterday the Washington NFL team retired a brand mascot that was found to be offensive and derogatory by many. Concerns...
07/14/2020

Yesterday the Washington NFL team retired a brand mascot that was found to be offensive and derogatory by many. Concerns over the use of Native American/American Indian imagery being used as sports mascots have long been an important issue to Native communities, inspiring many years of national and local protests and activism. The American Indian Movement (AIM) created this flier in response to the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. Image: MNHS Collections.

Learn more about the American Indian Movement by reading these MNHS Press titles by local Native American authors: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/thunder-storm and https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/we-are-still-here

From MNopedia: The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was co-founded by siblings Janssen and Pakou Hang in Novemb...
07/14/2020

From MNopedia: The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was co-founded by siblings Janssen and Pakou Hang in November 2011. Since then, the St. Paul-based organization has helped Hmong American farmers develop profitable, sustainable businesses in the Twin Cities. Photo: Mike Hazard https://www.mnopedia.org/group/hmong-american-farmers-association

Check out what is now available to research online at the Gale Family Library!
07/13/2020

Check out what is now available to research online at the Gale Family Library!

Attention Researchers: Library Services Update!

You can once again order death certificates via Minnesota People Records Search (https://www.mnhs.org/search/people). We're happy to say that records are now being scanned and sent digitally--resulting in higher quality copies and faster delivery!

You can also place online requests for Will Books (http://sites.mnhs.org/library/content/will-book-record-request) and work with your local library to request interlibrary loan of MNHS microfilmed collections (http://sites.mnhs.org/library/content/interlibrary-loan) .

Of course, our various online searches and digital collections remain accessible 24-7. Visit mnhs.org/library to start your research today!

The weather is shaping up to be sunny and beautiful for this Wednesday's opening of Jeffers Petroglyphs and Split Rock L...
07/13/2020

The weather is shaping up to be sunny and beautiful for this Wednesday's opening of Jeffers Petroglyphs and Split Rock Lighthouse. Get your tickets today! https://bit.ly/3gGbLHy #JeffersPetroglyphs #SplitRockLighthouse #onlyinmn

Negative stereotypes of Native Americans are deeply embedded in American history. The Native American community and alli...
07/13/2020
Washington’s NFL team is retiring the Redskins name; new name to come later

Negative stereotypes of Native Americans are deeply embedded in American history. The Native American community and allies have been advocating for the renaming of Washington's NFL team for many years and it is now finally set to be changed. Read about the history of this important discussion in this article from the Washington Post.

The team announced that it will change its name from the Redskins, which is considered by many to be a slur against Native Americans.

Most people don't know about the bravery of Felix Battles, an African American man who lived in Moorhead, MN, but that w...
07/11/2020
Moorhead statue to commemorate Black Civil War hero nearing finish line | INFORUM

Most people don't know about the bravery of Felix Battles, an African American man who lived in Moorhead, MN, but that will soon change. Battles escaped slavery as a teen, yet risked that freedom to return to the South to fight for the Union. Learn more about his life and how he will soon be commemorated: https://bit.ly/3gPR6B9

As the nation debates monuments and public landmarks, Markus Krueger hopes his project honoring Felix Battles, who "risked it all again" for his country, can be part of the conversation.

The new issue of Minnesota History spotlights a 1960s Duluth struggle for racial integration, four decades after the lyn...
07/09/2020
In that Very Northern City': Recovering a Forgotten Struggle for Racial Integration in Duluth

The new issue of Minnesota History spotlights a 1960s Duluth struggle for racial integration, four decades after the lynchings: two outspoken Black Duluth residents, Matthew and Helen Carter; the new leader of the Duluth NAACP; and a white minister successfully challenged Duluth's prevailing residential segregation to allow the Carter family to build a home in an all-white neighborhood along the Lake Superior lakefront. Their success becoming homeowners, however, unfortunately remains a rare break in the city's color line.

"'In that Very Northern City': Recovering a Forgotten Struggle for Racial Integration in Duluth," by Chad Montrie

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Both Jeffers Petroglyphs and Split Rock Lighthouse will open their grounds to the public on July 15. Get your tickets to...
07/09/2020

Both Jeffers Petroglyphs and Split Rock Lighthouse will open their grounds to the public on July 15. Get your tickets today! https://bit.ly/3gGbLHy #JeffersPetroglyphs #SplitRockLighthouse #onlyinmn

Today is #WorldChocolateDay! Check out this image of workers packing chocolates at the Griggs, Cooper and Company in St....
07/07/2020

Today is #WorldChocolateDay!

Check out this image of workers packing chocolates at the Griggs, Cooper and Company in St. Paul in 1932. Image: MNHS Collections

Today marks four years since the death of Philando Castile at the hands of the police in Falcon Heights, MN. The images ...
07/07/2020

Today marks four years since the death of Philando Castile at the hands of the police in Falcon Heights, MN. The images below were taken at Castile's funeral on July 14, 2016, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, MN. Hundreds gathered to honor his memory and show their commitment to the fight for racial equality that still continues to this day. Images: MNHS Collections

Split Rock Lighthouse will open its grounds to the public on July 15. General public tickets go on sale online on July 8...
07/06/2020

Split Rock Lighthouse will open its grounds to the public on July 15. General public tickets go on sale online on July 8. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3idWwau

#onlyinmn #splitrocklighthouse #beforeduluth #authenticduluth #northshore

Photo by Nathan Klok.

Fireworks light up the sky over Minneapolis' Lake Harriet in this photo, taken on July 4, 1911. Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2020

Fireworks light up the sky over Minneapolis' Lake Harriet in this photo, taken on July 4, 1911. Happy Independence Day!

07/03/2020
Minnesota Remembers: Battle of Gettysburg - 1863

On this day in 1863, the First Minnesota helped end the Battle of Gettysburg, which served as a turning point in the Civil War. This video, produced in 2013 during the war's 150th commemoration, recaps the crucial role First Minnesota soldiers played at #Gettysburg.

From MNopedia: Voyageurs National Park sits next to the Minnesota–Ontario international border and is Minnesota’s only n...
07/02/2020

From MNopedia: Voyageurs National Park sits next to the Minnesota–Ontario international border and is Minnesota’s only national park. Established in 1975, the 341-square-mile network of lakes and streams surrounds the Kabetogama Peninsula, which has been home to various Indigenous nations for countless generations. Photos: National Park Service https://www.mnopedia.org/place/voyageurs-national-park

07/02/2020
Wayne Gannaway on Frederick Douglass, Winona, and Civil Rights

Wayne Gannaway shares his article, "The Perils of Peace: Frederick Douglass, Winona, and Civil Rights in Minnesota after the Civil War" published in the Summer 2018 issue of Minnesota History. His article received an honorable mention for the Solon J. Buck Award.

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/66/v66i02p74-84.pdf

On March 16, 1867, Frederick Douglass visited Winona, Minnesota to give a talk, entitled “The Sources of Danger to the Republic.” Douglass warned his audience that the federal government’s institutions were fragile and the fate of African American suffrage was bound up with preserving the costly gains won by the North. In fewer than 20 years, the dangers Douglass foresaw would, in fact, consign African Americans in both the North and South to almost a century of racial bigotry throughout white society—as Douglass put it, an insidious “feeling of color madness” and an “atmosphere of color hate.”

Wayne is a native of Winona and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received his BA in history. He also holds an MA in folk studies from Western Kentucky University. He is currently the executive director of the History Center of Olmsted County.

Happy Somali Independence Day! Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the US. Today's celebrations will b...
07/01/2020
Somali Skyline Tower Oral History Project : Collections Online : mnhs.org

Happy Somali Independence Day! Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the US. Today's celebrations will be online. Learn more about Minnesota's Somali community at https://bit.ly/3gb7xaM.

Display larger version Titles Somali Skyline Tower Oral History Project Description The interviews in this collection come from the Somali Skyline Tower Oral History Project, which was a two-year collaboration between the Minnesota Historical Society an...

From MNopedia: Allan Henry Spear was the first openly gay man in the United States to serve as a state legislator. In 19...
06/30/2020

From MNopedia: Allan Henry Spear was the first openly gay man in the United States to serve as a state legislator. In 1993, he won a twenty-year fight to include the LGBT community in Minnesota's Human Rights Act. He served as president of the Minnesota Senate for nearly a decade, taught history at the University of Minnesota for thirty-five years, and was a lifelong lover of travel, food, music, and literature. Image: Minnesota State Senate. https://www.mnopedia.org/person/spear-allan-henry-1937-2008

We sought the help of five photographers from various communities in Minnesota to participate in our #MyHistoryMatters i...
06/30/2020

We sought the help of five photographers from various communities in Minnesota to participate in our #MyHistoryMatters initiative. They were tasked with choosing one community to photograph and ask each of the participants why their history matters.

Meet Sebastian Nemec. Sebastian is a Minneapolis-based photographer veteran who is also a member of the LGBTQIA community.

Take a look at the powerful stills Sebastian created for the #MyHistoryMatters initiative with the LGBTQIA community at Pride in Minneapolis in years past.
#MyHistoryMatters #PrideMonth

Mississippi lawmakers voted yesterday to remove their state flag--the last state flag in the country to contain a Confed...
06/29/2020
Minnesota put the Confederate flag in its place 150 years ago

Mississippi lawmakers voted yesterday to remove their state flag--the last state flag in the country to contain a Confederate emblem. We have a Civil War-era Confederate flag in our collections; it was captured by the First Minnesota during Gettysburg. “It’s certainly a heritage we want to remember,” Bill Convery, MNHS senior historian and director of research, tells the Star Tribune. “But not one we want to celebrate.” https://strib.mn/2ZiKi7T

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond.

Help the Minnesota Historical Society and our community emerge strong from the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pand...
06/29/2020
Help History | Minnesota Historical Society

Help the Minnesota Historical Society and our community emerge strong from the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by donating. If you give right now, your donation will be doubled, thanks to a matching fund of $345,000. Any dollar amount helps. Just click the link to find out how you can make a lasting impact.

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Thank you for caring so deeply about history. Its importance cannot be overstated right now.

06/26/2020
#MyHistoryMatters with Sebastian Nemec

We sought the help of five photographers from various communities in Minnesota to participate in our #MyHistoryMatters initiative. They were tasked with choosing one community to photograph and ask each of the participants why their history matters.

Meet Sebastian Nemec. Sebastian is a Minneapolis-based photographer veteran who is also a member of the LGBTQIA community.

Take a look at this powerful video on Sebastian's contribution to #MyHistoryMatters and why it was important for him to photograph LGBTQIA vets.

Stay tuned for Sebastian's still images from this project in a subsequent post.

#MyHistoryMatters #PrideMonth

From MNopedia: The International Wolf Center in Ely opened in 1989 with a mission of sharing unbiased educational inform...
06/26/2020

From MNopedia: The International Wolf Center in Ely opened in 1989 with a mission of sharing unbiased educational information about wolves, their place in the ecosystem, and their interaction with humans. The center’s staff members conduct research and promote wolf population management to ensure the species’ long-term survival. Photo: Linda A. Cameron https://www.mnopedia.org/structure/international-wolf-center-ely

06/25/2020
Storied: Queer Voices, Part 4

"I navigate the world looking for stories," says Erin Sharkey, a writer who contributed to the MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride." In this video, Sharkey reflects on the Stonewall Uprising. The video was produced in 2019 to honor Stonewall's 50th anniversary. #pride

06/24/2020
Storied: Queer Voices, Part 3

“That’s where I live, at the intersection of L.G.B.T. politics and racial injustice,” Andrea Jenkins recently told the New York Times. Jenkins is a poet, writer, transgender activist, educator, and is vice president of the Minneapolis City Council. She also co-edited "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride," published by MNHS Press. Jenkins reflects on the Stonewall Uprising in this video, which was produced in 2019 to honor Stonewall's 50th anniversary. #pride

06/24/2020
Item of the Week: Your Requests, Part 2

What is one of the most frequently asked about items in the MNHS collections? Lori and Sondra show you in the second all-request edition of #ItemOfTheWeek. #MNHSHistoryAtHome #MuseumsAtHome

In recent weeks, there has been renewed discussion about racist symbols and their effect on society, from the Columbus m...
06/23/2020

In recent weeks, there has been renewed discussion about racist symbols and their effect on society, from the Columbus memorial on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol to the Aunt Jemima caricature on the pancake-mix box. These symbols have been ingrained in our society for so long that they have become commonplace to most, but they have weighed heavily on those whose likeness they depreciate. In this article from MNopedia, we explore the history of blackface, its negative depiction of African Americans, and how it was received in Minnesota. https://bit.ly/2YUxswc

Image: Sheet music printed by the publishing company of Carlton Pillsbury, a member of the politically and economically influential Pillsbury family. This music was performed by Al Jolsen, George Armstrong, Bobby Carroll, and others.

06/23/2020
Storied: Queer Voices, Part 2

"Sometimes...conflict is necessary to move forward with social progress," says author Nate Cannon as he reflects on the Stonewall Uprising. Cannon is a contributor to "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride," published by the MNHS Press. This video was produced in 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. #pride

06/22/2020
Storied: Queer Voices, Part 1

Lisa Marie Brimmer, co-editor of "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride," reflects on the Stonewall Uprising, a lightning rod moment in American history when people "took power back...from the establishment that was silencing them." This video was produced in 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
#pride

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I thought id share my Edwin Nooleen original of the stone arc bridge in Dayton. Was hoping to date this piece!
Where are the videos of past forum lectures? Can’t find ....
Im scrapbooking ancestors in a fun way. Thank you for making it possible to understand the roots.
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I'm originally from Redwing Minnesota. I have a large calandar Brown & Bigelow 1958 3×5. Title bountiful harvest. My relative ole Larson painted the animals on the calandar. I've been trying to find It on Google no luck. I would appreciate any help Thank you mitchell Brelsford 17072170739 [email protected] My mother's name was lucritia oshaunesy father Clark Brelsford Everybody worked at Redwing Shoe
Trying to get on Curt Brown's "live" conversation.....???!!!???
Can you please tell me if this historical marker still exists and, if yes, exactly where it is located? Thank you.
What did the State Fair do in 1919 to prevent the spread of influenza during that pandemic?
Wanted wish everyone a Happy Easter! I found my roasting pan and am going to use it to bake my ham in the oven. It is a Foley Roasting Pan from the Foley Manufacturing Company, of Minneapolis. My Grandmother, Elizabeth Zdon used to work there. I have several other Foley Baking ware and utensils from that same factory also.
VIDEO: 1st Minnesota, exclusively at Gettysburg Lessons
Please add virtual author talks and others as Facebook events on this site. Helpful to remember the dates and listen. Thanks.
We're doing our part to preserve Minnesotan history! Keep it up MHS.