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To start the order process, request a quote. Contact Matt Horstman, Sales and Service Representative, Minnesota Historical Society. matt.horstman@mnhs.org 651-259-3435

Student Edition

Colorful primary sources and engaging personal stories 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 both print and Interactive eBook formats
  • Meets all sixth grade state social studies standards
  • Engaging narrative style
  • 20 chapters from pre-contact to today
  • 20 inquiry-rich investigations
  • History, civics, economics and geography connections
  • Vetted by content experts, historians and teachers
  • Enriched American Indian content

Additional eBook Features

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

  • Introductory videos for each chapter plus11 additional videos throughout
  • Professional and diverse narration that reads the text to students 
  • Additional primary sources and audio clips
  • Interactive maps
  • Embedded links to additional web resources

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


$50 Print Student Edition (List Price $62.50)
$10/Year per student for eBook subscriptions of 5-7 years*
Print Student Editions cost $20 when purchased with a 5-7 year eBook subscription.

* Ask about pricing for shorter subscriptions.


Minnesota Maps Poster Set 

Set of eight 24" x 30" posters of Minnesota maps from the Northern Lights, Revised Second Edition.


$50 per set


Annotated Teacher's Edition + Workbook

The ATE and Workbook are sold together as a 2-volume set providing teachers with a range of additional resources. Included in the hardcover, spiral-bound ATE is the Student Edition, plus additional content, best-practice teaching tips and activity ideas. Reinforcing student learning is easy with the worksheets, tests and answer keys found in teh soft-cover, blackline master Workbook.

ATE Features

  • Background historical information
  • Chapter overviews, objectives and teaching suggestions

Workbook Features

  • Five worksheets per chapter:
    • Chapter Comprehension
    • Minnesota Studies Skills
    • Objective test
    • Creative Enrichment
    • Investigation Guide 
  • Answer keys for all

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


Digital Worksheets

Edit the Northern Lights worksheets to tailor activities to your students' needs. Includes original worksheets as Adobe PDF documents and editable Microsoft Word documents.


$25 per copy


Teacher Workshops

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