The Minnesota Historical Society’s 26 historic sites are gearing up for the busiest time of year: the summer season.
Some of the exciting new offerings visitors will find this summer include:
A revamped daily experience at Historic Fort Snelling: Every day visitors will be able to learn about 10,000 years of history at this location, including diverse stories of Dakota, enslaved people and soldiers, rather than only 1820s history. Explore 11 interpretive stations around the fort with new and expanded topics, like immigration and healing from military trauma.
“Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit: Opening June 23 at the Minnesota History Center, this new exhibit will showcase the Somali community from traditional life in Africa, through the first big immigration of the 1990s, to Minnesota’s large, well-established Somali community today. The exhibit is a partnership with the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
The new Snake River Fur Post: The former North West Company Fur Post in Pine City has a new name, the Snake River Fur Post! New research shows that voyageurs and Native Americans likely identified this 1804 fur post by its Snake River location. The new name also better encompasses the site experience, which explores how Ojibwe people, French voyageurs and British fur traders lived and interacted in this area in the early 1800s.
Expanded walking tours at James J. House: Summit Avenue Walking Tours will now be offered five times every weekend between May and September, Saturdays at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and Sundays at noon and 2 p.m. Or join an F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour—previously only offered one weekend in September—to discover important Fitzgerald sites around St. Paul during the last weekend of every month from May to September.
Bands on the Boulevard summer music series: Head to the Minnesota History Center every Tuesday evening in July for a free outdoor concert series with bands covering the best of 1960s music in connection with “The 1968 Exhibit.” Plus, the History Center’s Tuesday free hours will extend an extra hour to 9 p.m. on concert nights.
Explore the complete list of summer events and programs at MNHS historic sites at mnhs.org/calendar.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.