42 Minnesota history organizations receive large grants for historic preservation

“History Organizations Across Minnesota Receive $4,987,373 in Legacy Amendment Funding” That headline in a press release a few days ago from the Minnesota Historical Society caught my interest. “ The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 42 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Large Grants ($10,000 and more), totaling $4,987,373 […]

Teenagers and others help to restore long-forgotten sad cemetery in Minnesota

Way too many long deceased fellow human beings lie in cemeteries marked only by a small rock, a number on a wooden spike, or nothing at all. They were residents at orphanages, poor farms, Native American boarding schools, state hospitals, and other dreary places in the U.S. and Canada. Today, we have updated histories and […]

Searching for historical, cultural, and genealogical organizations in Minnesota

Looking for a county historical organization in Minnesota? How about a genealogical society in your ancestral areas? It’s easy to do a search for keyword phrases such as St. Louis County Historical Society and be directed to the website. Did you know about the Eveleth Heritage Committee or the Virginia Area Historical Society in the […]

Grants to history organizations in Minnesota that impact genealogists

From a 20 September 2022 press release from the Minnesota Historical Society: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 28 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $264,831 in 15 counties. Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized […]

Researching Minnesota Newspapers

Need Minnesota historical newspaper research? Check out these pages on the Minnesota Historical Society’s website.  https://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/ndnp https://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/hub   Don’t forget to check newspapers in bordering states and provinces, too. City and county libraries, college and university libraries, and county historical societies have a variety of indexes, microfilmed newspapers, and some have digitized newspapers. Some have subscriptions […]

Smart moves in genealogy: join genealogical and historical societies

To help celebrate National Archives Month and Family History Month, I have renewed some memberships in societies. At the top of my list are the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS, member 39 years) and the Minnesota Historical Society (member for 36? years). I’m also a member of other such organizations. with membership renewals spread throughout the […]

Minnesota Historical Society has an amazing number of items!

The Minnesota Historical was founded in 1849. I have remembered that for many years. I wanted to share some statistics about all that it holds. I found some older statistics and then the most recent ones I could find were on Wikipedia: “MNHS holds a collection of nearly 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, 225,000 […]