Minnesota Historical Society: Wikis


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The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the state of Minnesota. It was founded by the territorial legislature in 1849 and is named in the Minnesota Constitution.

The society owns and operates 29 museums and historic sites, some within the Minnesota state parks.[1][2] It currently holds a collection of nearly 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, 165,000 historical artifacts, 800,000 archaeological items, 38,000 cubic feet (1100 m³) of manuscripts, 45,000 cubic feet (1300 m³) of government records, 5,500 paintings, prints and drawings, and 1,300 moving image items. These are stored in the $76.4 million History Center located in Minnesota's capital, Saint Paul.

State Historic Sites

Site Name Image Location Era of features Year added to MHS Remarks
Birch Coulee Battlefield Morton September 2, 1862 website, interprets the deadliest battle for U.S. troops in the Dakota War of 1862
Comstock House Moorhead 1882 website, restored home of Congressman and businessman Solomon Comstock with its original furnishings
Folsom House Folsom House Taylors Falls 1854-1968 1968 website, restored home of businessman, politician, and historian W.H.C. Folsom with its original furnishings
Forest History Center Grand Rapids 1900-1934 website, recreated logging camp and exhibits on humankind's relationship with Minnesota's forests
Fort Ridgely Fort commissary & war monument Fort Ridgely State Park 1853-1867 website, fort built to keep the peace around a Dakota reservation, but attacked twice during the Dakota War of 1862
Grand Mound or Laurel Mounds International Falls 192 BCE 1971 information, five burial mounds, the largest of which is 25 feet (7.6 m) high.
Harkin Store Interior New Ulm 1870-1901 1973 website, general store with much of the original inventory still on display
Historic Forestville View of town through bridge Forestville Mystery Cave State Park 1853-1899 1978 website, restored town with living history reenactors
Historic Fort Snelling Exterior view Fort Snelling State Park 1820-1946 website, portions of the fort have been restored to their original frontier appearance, while later additions served as barracks for soldiers training during World War II
Oliver H. Kelley Farm Exterior view Elk River 1850-1901 1961 website, a working frontier farmstead
James J. Hill House Exterior view St. Paul 1891-1921 1978 website, mansion of railroad magnate James J. Hill
Jeffers Petroglyphs Petroglyph close-up Jeffers 3000 BCE-1750 1966 website, exposed rocks bear ancient Native American petroglyphs
Lac qui Parle Mission LacquiParle.JPG Lac qui Parle State Park 1835-1854 website, reconstructed wooden church where missionaries worked to convert the Dakota
William G. LeDuc House LeDucConstruction.jpg Hastings 1865 1958 The estate is an unusually complete example of the Carpenter Gothic style of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneer in American landscape architecture. William and (his wife) Mary LeDuc used Downing’s book, Cottage Residences, as inspiration for their home (Downing himself had died in 1852).[3]
Charles A. Lindbergh House Front exterior view Charles A. Lindbergh State Park 1906-1920 website, house of Congressman Charles August Lindbergh and his son, aviator Charles Lindbergh
Lower Sioux Agency Lower Sioux Indian Reservation 1853- website, depicts the lives of Dakota people before and after the Dakota War of 1862
Marine Mill MarineMill.jpg Marine on St. Croix 1839-1895 website, ruins of Minnesota's first commercial sawmill
Dr. William W. Mayo House Mayohouse.jpg Le Sueur 1859- website, home built by William Worrall Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, and later home of Carson Nesbit Cosgrove, founder of the Green Giant food company
Mille Lacs Indian Museum Mille Lacs Indian Reservation Prehistory-present website, history and culture of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Mill City Museum Mill City Museum in the Washburn "A" Mill Minneapolis 1874-1965 website, flour milling industry that built Minneapolis, within the ruins of the Washburn "A" Mill
Minnehaha Depot Depot in Minnehaha Park Minneapolis 1875-1963 1964 website, former train station near Minnehaha Falls with "gingerbread" Victorian architecture
Minnesota History Center MNHS History Center St. Paul Prehistory-present website, the Minnesota Historical Society's headquarters, with permanent exhibits about Minnesota, changing exhibits about national history and a library
Minnesota State Capitol Exterior view St. Paul 1905-present 1969 website, tours and exhibits of the state's seat of government
North West Company Post The reconstructed rowhouse Pine City 1804 website, recreated North West Company trading post and Ojibwe encampment
Alexander Ramsey House Alexander Ramsey House St. Paul 1872-1964 1964 website, home of Congressman and Minnesota governor Alexander Ramsey with original furnishings
Saint Anthony Falls SaintAnthonyFalls.jpg Minneapolis 1887 The sharpest elevation drop on the Mississippi River, which determined the location of Minneapolis.
Sibley House Historic Site SibleyHouse.jpg Mendota 1838-1910 website, homes of Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota's first state governor, and fur trader Jean-Baptiste Faribault
Split Rock Lighthouse View from over Lake Superior Split Rock Lighthouse State Park 1910-1969 1976 website, lighthouse on the Lake Superior shore restored to its 1920s appearance.
Traverse des Sioux Minnesota River possible ford site St. Peter Prehistory-1869 1981 website, site of a river ford, the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, and a former town


  1. ^ "State Historic Sites". Minnesota Secretary of State. http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=662. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  
  2. ^ "Map of Historic Sites". Minnesota Historical Society. http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  
  3. ^ "LeDuc Historic Estate once again welcomes visitors" (PDF). Minnesota History Interpreter. Minnesota Historical Society. June 2006. http://www.mnhs.org/about/publications/interpreter/may_june2006.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-12.  

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