Discover the stories we share. The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!
We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.
Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's collections. Most are written by MHS staff members engaged in collecting, preserving, and interpreting these tangible pieces of Minnesota history, while others have been previously published in Minnesota History (www.mnhs.org/mnhistory) as "From the Collections," "Curator's Choice," and "TimePieces."