Shujaa
Shujaa
“When you learn about your family history, you learn about yourself.”
- Shujaa
Students can research genealogy -- or any Minnesota history topic -- at the Minnesota Historical Society's Gale Family Library. It's free, and researchers of all ages are welcome.
Austin
Austin
“I think it’s cool because it is so old!”
- Austin
It’s exciting for kids to do their own research and make their own discoveries. Participating in National History Day is a great way for them to learn in-depth research skills.
Emily
Emily
“I will remember this field trip!”
- Emily
A field trip can make a lifelong impression on a child. The Minnesota Historical Society offers a variety of field trip programs at our historic sites and museums around the state.
Stephanie
Stephanie
“I learned that the youngest child in the family had to empty everyone’s chamber pot.”
- Stephanie
What was life like for kids in the past? Those stories make history real to students. The Minnesota Historical Society’s sites and museums offer field trips that are designed to get kids engaged.
Maggie
Maggie
“I liked the beaver pelt because it’s soft and it would help keep me warm.”
- Maggie
Looking for a field trip alternative? Our History Players come to you. Using props and artifacts, costumed History Players engage students in an interactive 45-minute lesson.
McKenzie
McKenzie
"These ice skates are cool because you don’t have to tie them, you just slip them on.”
- McKenzie
Artifacts are one way to help kids learn about history. Technology is another. The Minnesota Historical Society offers a variety of online resources designed for both students and teachers.
Emma
Emma
“I didn’t know we had ice skates back then.”
- Emma
You don’t have to come to the Minnesota History Center to see our collections -- look at them online. It’s a great way to find photographs, 3D objects, artwork, oral histories, videos, maps, and more.
David
David
“I especially liked the art.”
- David
Images are a great window into the past. We use them in our exhibits – and you can use them in school projects. Just search the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections online to find what you want.
Lydia
“I liked the really big hail stone in the weather exhibit.”
- Lydia
The History Center’s Weather Permitting exhibit lets students experience Minnesota’s weather events the safe way – indoors! Kids can ride out the Fridley tornado in a re-created 1960s basement.

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