Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Project update

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Exhibit Opens on June 30

2012 marks the sesquicentennial of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. On June 30, 2012, the exhibit, “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862” will open at the Minnesota History Center.

Visitors of the exhibit will have the opportunity to examine evidence from the war, such as documents, images and artifacts from the Society’s collections. Visitors will learn about the broken treaties and promises that led to this disastrous chapter in Minnesota history. Accession records will accompany artifacts so visitors will know how they were acquired. “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862” exhibit will include multiple viewpoints, including commentary from descendants of those touched by the war, as well as historical and contemporary voices. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be encouraged to draw their own conclusions about what happened and why. Read more information at www.usdakotawar.org/exhibit.

‘Then Now Wow’ Exhibit Opens at Minnesota History Center Nov. 23

From past to present, many “Wow!” moments have shaped this great state. Come learn about them in the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society!

New Featured Legacy Projects

We’re featuring some new projects on the Minnesota History: Building a Legacy website this year. Take a look at some of the projects that are happening around the state:

Civil War CapThe Civil War: Forging Minnesota’s Identity
From being the first state to volunteer troops to defend the Union, to the First Minnesota’s heroic charge at Gettysburg, Minnesota played a valuable role in the U.S. Civil War. The war also helped shape our young state. Read about Civil War projects, including Statewide Public Programs, Civil War Exhibit and Civil War Collections Online and The Civil War Daybook.


The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is Online

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a project funded by a Legacy grant, is now available online at http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/.

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary was established by faculty and students in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.


New Video Showcases 2012 Legacy Projects

We just uploaded an exciting new video to the Minnesota History: Building a Legacy website. This video shows a few of the many history projects that are happening throughout Minnesota this year. We hope you'll take a moment to find out about a few of the ways we're working to build a legacy for Minnesota.


MNopedia: The Minnesota Encyclopedia

We’ve all come to rely on Wikipedia as an extensive source of information on the web. Now, in a similar vein, we have a growing resource of online information about all things Minnesota.



This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.