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World War 1 PDF
Making Ends Meet PDF
The Fur Trade at Mendota PDF
Trading Culture PDF
Canoe PDF


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Matt Horstman

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102


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Student Edition

Colorful primary sources from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections bring our state's history to life. Student-friendly sidebars engage students as they develop critical thinking skills.


  • Available in print and eBook formats
  • Meets all sixth grade state social studies standards
  • 20 chapters from pre-contact to today
  • 20 interactive investigations, that encourage active inquiry
  • Hundreds of primary sources
  • History, civics, economics and geography connections
  • Vetted by content experts, historians and teachers
  • Enriched American Indian content
  • Engaging narrative style

Additional eBook Features

The Northern Lights interactive eBook includes all the text, images and features of the print edition plus:

  • Introductory video for each chapter
  • 11 additional videos
  • Professional and diverse narration that reads the text to students 
  • Additional primary sources
  • Interactive maps
  • Embedded links to additional web resources

The eBook is available via iPad app and browsers for PCs, Macs, Chrome Books and Surface Pro. Contact Matt Horstman for a preview.


$50 Print
$10/year per student for eBook subscriptions of 5-7 years 

* Ask about pricing for shorter subscriptions.


Minnesota Maps Poster Set 

Set of eight 24" x 30" posters of Minnesota maps from the Northern Lights print edition.


$50 per set


Annotated Teacher's Edition

A range of resources helps teachers make the most of the Northern Lights curriculum. Includes best-practice teaching tips, field trip suggestions and a pronunciation guide. Spiral bound, durable hardcover.


  • Background historical information
  • Chapter overviews
  • Lists of key terms
  • Each chapter includes these worksheets:
    • Mapping exercise
    • Objective test
    • Reading comprehension
    • Creative Activity
    • Investigation Activity

$50 Digital PDF (Worksheets may be purchased separately.)
$80 Print Edition: 2-volume set (List price: $100; includes worksheets.)
$90 Print + Digital PDF


Digital Worksheets

Customize worksheets for your classroom. You can edit Northern Lights worksheets to tailor activities to your students' needs. Includes Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF documents.


$25 per copy


Teacher Workshops

The Minnesota Historical Society offers professional development on the Northern Lights curriculum and other history topics.