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American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute, a historic museum dedicated to the celebration of Swedish culture, is home to collections on the history of Swedish immigration to the United States, particularly immigration to Minnesota, Swedish-American life and culture and the history and culture of Sweden as it has influenced Swedish America. The... more...

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a non-profit health and human services organization founded by a philanthropic Saint Paul businessman, Amherst H. Wilder and his family. For more than 100 years, Wilder has combined direct service, research, and community development to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in greater Saint... more...

Anoka County Historical Society

The Anoka County Historical Society, in Anoka, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to Anoka County. The society supports genealogical research with a wide range of historical resources. Images Anoka County Historical Society contributed to Minnesota Reflections show early street scenes, business... more...

Baptist General Conference History Center

The work of the Baptist General Conference History Center was established in 1898. Located on the campus of Bethel University, the BGCHC collects, preserves and disseminates materials significant to Swedish Baptist institutional, cultural, and immigration history; the Baptist General Conference; and Bethel University. The images... more...

Basilica of St. Mary

The archival collection of the Basilica of Saint Mary contains documents and artifacts dating to the parish's founding in 1858. Images contributed to Minnesota Reflections include photographs documenting the life of the church from 1907 to 1966, and also architectural drawings for the interior finish of the Basilica church, rectory... more...

Becker County Historical Society

From Detroit Lakes, Minn., in the northwestern part of the state, the Becker County Historical Society serves the public with a museum, archive collection, cultural demonstrations and K-12 workshops. Their holdings include artifacts dating back to the glacial period of the county, a newspaper microfilm archive, photo collection and an... more...

Beltrami County Historical Society

The Beltrami County Historical Society operates out of the James J. Hill railroad depot in Bemidji, Minnesota. The historical society collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of this north central Minnesota county. In Minnesota Reflections, Beltrami has images showing early street scenes, milling and... more...

Bethel University

Bethel University is a leader in Christian higher education with approximately 6,400 students from 25 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. The Bethel University archive collection includes photographs and documents related to the history of this St. Paul, Minnesota, institution from its... more...

Big Stone County Historical Society Museum

In Ortonville, Minnesota, the Big Stone County Historical Society Museum serves the public with genealogy records, a wildlife museum with an extensive taxidermy collection, fossils and artifacts. Their exhibits include a 1900s boat, church, log cabins, machinery, walking trail and a lookout tower gives a breathtaking view of the... more...

Blue Earth County Historical Society

The Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of this south central Minnesota county. Among the images Blue Earth County Historical Society contributed to Minnesota Reflections are photographs of the Hubbard Milling Company, Mankato State... more...

Carleton College

The Carleton Archives was established in 1967 to preserve the history of Carleton College, Northfield. The photos, taken between 1871 and 1922, reflect student life. They include sports and recreational events, such as field day, gymnastics, football, hockey and baseball teams, a freshman picnic, Bouncing Day, Carleton Circus and May... more...

Carlton County Historical Society

The Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet, Minnesota, serves the citizens of northeastern Minnesota by collecting photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of northeastern county. Their contribution to Minnesota Reflections includes photographs of several towns, especially the settling and development of... more...

CentraCare Health – St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud Hospital Archives collects information and artifacts pertaining to health care history in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and the region. Its scope stretches from 1882, when the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, determined to establish a hospital in St. Cloud. It chronicles four successive Benedictine... more...

Clearwater County Historical Society

From its home on the grounds of the historic Shevlin School just north of Bagley, Minnesota, the Clearwater County Historical Society preserves historic structures and collects photographs and artifacts related to Clearwater County. They contributed scenes from the early development of the county to Minnesota Reflections. more...

College of Saint Benedict – Saint John's University

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are two Catholic, Benedictine residential liberal arts colleges located four miles apart in Central Minnesota. Saint Benedict's is a college for women and Saint John's is a college for men. The 4,000 students of these two colleges share a common academic program... more...

College of St. Scholastica

As the only private college in Minnesota's upper northeast, The College of St. Scholastica provides unique cultural and academic opportunities for its Duluth community. The college was founded by the Benedictine Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery in 1912 with the mission to prepare students for "responsible living and... more...

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is a governor-appointed state commission that advocates for equal opportunity for and with Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. The collection in Minnesota Reflections consists of items contributed by deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing community... more...

Concordia University, St. Paul

The library at Concordia University, St. Paul, collects monographs, photographs and documents related to the history of this Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod school founded in 1893. Their contribution to Minnesota Reflections includes scenes of student life from the university's early years. Photographs show scenes of excursions to... more...

Cook County Historical Society

Cook County Historical Society's History Museum, in the Lightkeeper's House, a building on the National Register of Historic places, preserves and disseminates the county's history. Located in Grand Marais, the museum holds a large collection of artifacts, archives, photographs and oral histories. Cook County saw some of... more...

Cottonwood County Historical Society

The Cottonwood County Historical Society in Windom, Minnesota, collects and preserves photographs and artifacts related to the 135-year history of this south central Minnesota county. The society, which pioneer settlers began in 1901, contributed to Minnesota Reflections scenes from the county's early settlement days. more...

Crow Wing County Historical Society

The Crow Wing County Historical Society has been preserving Crow Wing County's history since 1927. The museum, located in Brainerd, Minnesota, is housed in the old Crow Wing County Jail and Sheriff's residence, built in 1917. The museum has three floors of exhibits including displays on the lumber industry, the railroads... more...

Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network

Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network is a non-profit organization located in Crosby, Minnesota and staffed entirely by volunteers. Our goal is to preserve the history of the Cuyuna Iron Range. We also operate the Soo Line Depot Museum in Crosby, Minnesota. Our members have written and published nine research books and two novels on the... more...

Dakota County Historical Society

The Dakota County Historical Society in South St. Paul, Minnesota, preserves historic sites, and collects photographs (more than 11,000) and artifacts (more than 25,000) that tell the story of the origins and development of Dakota County. The historical society contributed images to Minnesota Reflections that show the changes that took... more...

Division of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

The Minnesota state library agency is a division of the Minnesota Department of Education. The state library agency provides leadership and support to the Minnesota library community in planning, developing and implementing high quality library and information services statewide. State Library Services administers federal and state... more...

Dodge County Extension

Dodge County Extension, part of the University of Minnesota Extension, provides research-based, scientific information to the residents of Dodge County. The collection of the Annual Reports of the County Extension Agent in Dodge County, Minnesota spans the years 1923 to 1982. The reports, now housed in the Extension Regional Office in... more...

Dodge County Historical Society

The Dodge County Historical Society (DCHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating knowledge about the history of Dodge County and its relation to the history of the State of Minnesota. DCHS contributed to Minnesota Reflections Dodge County Atlases, or plat books, from 1894, 1905, and 1915. more...

Douglas County Historical Society

From its offices in the early 1900s home of Minnesota statesman Knute Nelson in Alexandria, Minnesota, the Douglas County Historical Society preserves photographs, objects and structures that tell the history of this Central Minnesota county. They contributed to Minnesota Reflections scenes from the early development of the resort and... more...

Duluth Public Library

The Duluth Public Library consists of a main downtown library and two branches in the city. The library was founded in 1890. The Duluth Collection, housed on the top floor of the main library in the North Shore Room, contains documents reflecting Duluth's history. The library's Reference area also maintains historical newspaper... more...

Esko Historical Society

The Esko Hisotrical Society in Esko, Minnesota serves the citizens of northeastern Minnesota by collecting photographs, printed materials, and artifacts related to the history of the Esko-Thomson Township area. The society is housed in the museum in Esko, which includes seven historic buildings. Its goal is to share the past through the... more...

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating people about the history of the city of Excelsior, Minnesota. We fulfill this mission through our many collections, which include family files, house files, personal diaries, and other historical documents. ELMHS has contributed... more...

Faribault County Historical Society

The Faribault County Historical Society, with headquarters in Blue Earth, Minnesota, offers artifacts, photographs and images showing the development of the county, which was first settled in 1856. The society operates its museum in the house of James Wakefield, and also supports the Etta C. Ross memorial library built in 1904, and the... more...

Fillmore County Historical Society

The Fillmore County Historical Society in Fountain, Minnesota, collects photographs and artifacts related to the history of Fillmore County, which is one of the oldest counties in the state and is located in the southeastern part of Minnesota on the Iowa border. The historical society shared with Minnesota Reflections images of the early... more...

Freeborn County Historical Society

The Freeborn County Historical Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota, supports a library, museum and historical village. The society contributed photographs of the county courthouse to Minnesota Reflections. more...

Geological Society of Minnesota

The Geological Society of Minnesota (GSM) is a public-spirited, nonprofit educational organization that has been in operation since 1938. Its mission is to promote public interest and supply educational support in the geological sciences, by sponsoring free lectures and labs at the University of Minnesota, conducting statewide and... more...

Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

The Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, formed in 2007 from five legacy councils in Minnesota, serves girls in 44 Minnesota counties, as well as four counties in Wisconsin and one in Iowa. The River Valleys Archival Collection reflects the early history of Girl Scouting through its uniform and handbook... more...

Goodhue County Historical Society

The Goodhue County Historical Society was founded in 1869 and is the oldest county historical society in Minnesota. Located in Red Wing, Minnesota, the historical society preserves and interprets the natural and cultural history of this southeastern county. They contributed to Minnesota Reflections images from the Reinhold J. Kosec... more...

Grant County Historical Society

The Grant County Historical Society in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, collects and preserves artifacts and archival materials related to this west central Minnesota county. The society supports genealogical research with its many historical resources. Exhibits in our museum reflect our Scandinavian ancestry and pioneer life. The Veterans'... more...

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is home to the collections of The College Archives and The Lutheran Church Archives. Gustavus Adolphus College archives contributed documents and images illustrating the growth of this educational institution from a parochial school for immigrant Swedish children in Red Wing, to St. Ansgar's Academy in... more...

Hamline University

University Archives at Hamline University collects and preserves university records, publications, photographs, audiotapes, films, artifacts, and other materials from the university's early days in Red Wing (1854-1869) to its present in St. Paul, Minnesota. For Minnesota Reflections, the archives contributed images of presidents... more...

Hazelden Foundation

Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. With nearly 60 years of knowledge and experience, Hazelden's comprehensive approach to addiction addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for... more...

Hennepin County Department of Public Affairs

The Hennepin County Department of Public Affairs is the public communications office of the Hennepin County government. As part of its mission, Hennepin County Public Affairs creates and maintains images of this government organization's work and images of events in county life. Images contributed by Public Affairs to Minnesota... more...

Hennepin County Library

The Hennepin County Library is comprised of 41 branches located throughout Minnesota's most populous county. Together the system's collections total more than five million items in 40 languages. The James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis houses a vast collection of Minneapolis... more...

Hennepin Medical History Center

The Hennepin Medical History Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center is a premier medical history museum celebrating the history of medicine and medical education in Minneapolis. The History Center is comprised of archives, rare books, artifacts and images of the history of the Hennepin County Medical Center and Metropolitan Medical... more...

Hennepin History Museum

The Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is home to the Hennepin County Historical Society, which preserves the history of Minnesota's most populous county. The museum presents exhibits and scholarly collections in the historic George Christian mansion. The more than 480 images the Hennepin History Museum contributed... more...

Heritage Group North

Heritage Group North, Inc. (HGN) is an independent nonprofit organization based in Pine River, Minnesota. The mission of HGN is to gather, protect, interpret, and share history relevant to the greater Pine River area. Through programs, publications, and other activities, HGN seeks to promote public appreciation of the past, preserve... more...

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County was established in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1932 to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Clay County. Collections include the Flaten/Wange Glass Plate Negative Collection. The negatives are the work of two photographers, S. P. Wange of Hawley and Ole E. Flaten of Moorhead. The... more...

Iron Range Research Center

The Iron Range Research Center is the library and archiving division of Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm, Minnesota, a historical museum founded in 1977. The mission of the research center is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Minnesota's iron ranges and the people who settled in this northeastern region of the... more...

Jackson County Historical Society

The Jackson County Historical Society is headquartered at the museum located in Lakefield, Minnesota. Their motto is "Preserving yesterday and today, for tomorrow!" Documentation of the history of the county is on-going through the collection of artifacts, photographs and stories. The photographs submitted to Minnesota Reflections are a... more...

Jones-Harrison Residence

Located on the shores of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and established in 1888, the Jones-Harrison Residence is believed to be the longest continuously operating home to senior citizens in Minnesota. A non-profit organization offering 24-hour skilled nursing care, assisted living apartments and comprehensive rehabilitation services... more...

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society, in Willmar, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to Kandiyohi County. The society supports genealogical research with a wide range of historical resources. The Kandiyohi County Historical Society contributed to Minnesota Reflections early plat books from 1886... more...

Lake County Historical Society

The Lake County Historical Society, in Two Harbors, Minnesota, collects photographs and artifacts and preserves buildings, such as the Two Harbors Light Station, that tell the history of Lake County in Minnesota's arrowhead region. The historical society contributed to Minnesota Reflections images taken between 1883 and 1909 of the... more...

Lake of the Woods Historical Society

From Baudette, Minnesota, in the youngest and most northern county in the state, the Lake of the Woods County Historical Society serves as a repository for photographs, printed materials and artifacts that relate to the history of the Lake of the Woods area. The images the historical society contributed to Minnesota Reflections depict... more...

Lincoln County Historical Society

The Lincoln County Historical Society Museum is housed in a six-building complex near the shores of Lake Hendricks in Hendricks, Minnesota. Established in 1967, the society's purpose is to preserve the history of Lincoln County to pay homage to our pioneer ancestors for the benefit of our present and future citizens. Through... more...

Luther Seminary

The Luther Seminary Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota, includes material from all of its predecessor schools which, over a period of many years and several mergers, form the current institution. These predecessors include Augsburg Seminary (Lutheran Free Church), Red Wing Seminary (Hauge Synod), United Seminary (United Church), Luther... more...

Macalester College

The Macalester College archive collection includes photographs and documents related to the history of this St. Paul, Minnesota, college since its beginnings in 1885. Macalester College contributed photographs to Minnesota Reflections that show scenes from the early development of the college and the development of the Summit Avenue area... more...

Martin County Historical Society

The Martin County Historical Society, located at the Pioneer Museum in Fairmont, Minnesota, contains artifacts, historical documents, and pictures relating to county history dating back to the mid-1800s. The society presents special programs for K-12 students and the public throughout the year. Their contributions to Minnesota... more...

McLeod County Historical Society

The McLeod County Historical Society in Hutchinson, Minnesota, is dedicated to connecting with the past, understanding the present and making informed choices about the future by finding, preserving, explaining and sharing McLeod County History. Along with an extensive exhibit area and art gallery, their building houses a document and... more...

Melrose Area Historical Society

The Melrose Area Historical Society was incorporated in 1987 to preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about the Melrose School District area. The Melrose Area Museum moved from two small locations to its present one, a former convent, in 1998. Refurbishment resulted in two floors of display space and one of storage. It... more...

Mesabi Range College Library

The Mesabi Range College Library, at the Mesabi Range Community & Technical College located in Virginia, Minnesota, holds an Archive Collection which houses historical documents such as college publications, news articles and photographs relevant to the history of the college from its founding in 1923 as the Virginia Junior College. From... more...

Milaca Area Historical Society

The Milaca Area Historical Society, in Milaca, Minnesota, collects, preserves and disseminates knowledge about the history of the Milaca area and Mille Lacs County. The goals of the society are to locate, collect and preserve material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the Milaca area, to provide the public with... more...

Mille Lacs County Historical Society

The Mille Lacs County Historical Society, in Princeton, Minnesota collects, preserves and disseminates knowledge about the history of the Mille Lacs County. The society collects and preserves any material that may help to establish or illustrate the history of Mille Lacs County and makes available historical information that arouses and... more...

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

In 1883, 25 citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement. The MIA... more...

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is the regional organization of United Methodist congregations in Minnesota. The Conference Archive, in Minneapolis, Minnesota holds records, publications, photographs, audiotapes, films, artifacts and other materials from the 150-year history of the organization. The... more...

Minnesota Department of Health

The R. N. Barr Library at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota has an extensive collection of public health books, journals, and videos, and presently provides lending, reference, interlibrary loan and other services to Minnesota's public health professionals, school health practitioners, and employees of the... more...

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry

Through shared information, technology, and understanding, the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry empowers others and themselves to: sustain and enhance functioning forest ecosystems; provide a sustainable supply of forest resources to meet human needs; protect lives and property from wildfire; and provide a dollar... more...

Minnesota Department of Transportation

This library, located in St. Paul, Minnesota is primarily a technical library providing information services to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. It also provides transportation-related information services to the state's city and county engineers, other transportation practitioners and citizens of the state. Its... more...

Minnesota Geological Survey

The Minnesota Geological Survey, part of the Winchell School of Earth Sciences Institute of Technology, at the University of Minnesota, is the state's primary center for earth sciences information. established in 1872. The Survey conducts basic and applied geological research – chiefly through geologic mapping – conveys that... more...

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota was established in 1849 to collect, preserve, and tell the story of Minnesota's past. Its extensive collections of printed materials, photographs, manuscripts, government records, maps, artifacts, and audio and video materials document the entire spectrum of... more...

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library in St. Paul, Minnesota has supplied unbiased information to support the legislative process for more than 35 years. The Library's collection focuses on public policy materials including state government documents, consultants' reports and newspaper resources. The library also collects... more...

Minnesota Legislature – State Revisor's Office

The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, created by statute in 1939, is an office of the Minnesota Legislature located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Staff members provide confidential, nonpartisan drafting services to both the House and the Senate, as well as the governor, constitutional officers, state agencies and departments. In addition, the... more...

Minnesota Museum of Mining

The Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm, Minnesota was established in 1953 on 15 acres within a walled sports complex built as a 1930s WPA project. Located on the Mesabi Iron Range, the museum houses a steam locomotive and shovel, large pieces of mining equipment, haul trucks, fire trucks, a replica underground mine drift, a steam... more...

Minnesota Newspapers Collection

The Minnesota Digital Library is now providing access to some of Minnesota's historical newspapers. We are focusing our attention on titles, volumes and issues that were never microfilmed, and where the originals are frail and not frequently available to the public. more...

Minnesota State Law Library

The Minnesota State Law Library in St. Paul, Minnesota, collects state and federal legal materials, and is the oldest continuing library in Minnesota. The Library and the Territory of Minnesota were created by the same act of Congress on March 3, 1849. Documents included in the State Law Library contributions to Minnesota Reflections are... more...

Minnesota State University, Mankato

University Archives at Minnesota State University, Mankato collects and preserves records, documents and photographs related to the development of the institution from its early days of the Mankato State Normal School. The university collaborates with the Southern Minnesota Historical Center to document life in the south central region... more...

Minnesota Streetcar Museum

The mission of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota is to preserve and communicate to the public the experience of Minnesota's electric street and interurban railway history. It has restored a number of historic Minnesota streetcars and operates them for the public at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis and at Excelsior... more...

Morrison County Historical Society

The Morrison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving artifacts and historical information regarding Morrison County, and to educating the public about that history. MCHS owns and operates The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, Minnesota. MCHS contributed the county's 1892... more...

Mower County Historical Society

The Mower County Historical Society has been collecting photos, artifacts and information related to Mower County history since 1947. Our collection is housed in 21 buildings located at the east end of Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin, Minnesota. Our resources include an extensive research library, allowing researchers of local history... more...

Murray County Historical Society

The Murray County Historical Society in Slayton, Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the county's history. Established in 1934, the society operates the Murray County Historical Museum, the Sierk Building, dedicated to the agricultural heritage of the... more...

New Brighton Area Historical Society

The New Brighton Area Historical Society, located in Ramsey County, Minnesota collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to New Brighton, Arden Hills, and Mounds View, and has compiled them into three hardcover books, published in 1987, 2002, and 2005. The Society operates the New Brighton History Museum in the 1887... more...

New Prague Area Historical Society

The New Prague Area Historical Society is housed in the Paul Komarek Room of the New Prague Community Library in New Prague, Minnesota. Located a short distance south of the Minnesota River Valley and the Twin Cities, New Prague rests within the rolling hills of a rich agricultural region. Founded in 1856 by Bohemian, German and Irish... more...

New Richland Area Historical Society

The New Richland Area Historical Society was formed in 2001, one year before the 125th anniversary of the town's founding. The society collects historic pictures, articles and other items from the community and displays this collection during the town's annual celebration, Farm and City Days, during the second week of July... more...

Nicollet County Historical Society

From its home in the Treaty Site History Center, the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter, Minnesota, preserves the past of this south central Minnesota county by collecting census records, maps, artifacts and photographs. The Nicollet County Historical Society's Minnesota Reflections project includes images related to... more...

Nobles County Historical Society

The Nobles County Historical Society, based out of the War Memorial Building in Worthington, Minnesota, promotes, develops and interprets the history of Nobles County and its people. In fulfilling its mission, the society collects documents, manuscripts, photographs and three-dimensional objects, including those from contiguous areas... more...

Norseland Lutheran Church

Norseland Lutheran Church, located in Nicollet County, Minnesota, was organized in 1858. The first resident pastor served Norwegian Lutherans in an area of 16 counties in Minnesota. Images contributed to Minnesota Reflections include photographs of Reverend Thomas Johnsen and the congregation which he served at Norseland along with the... more...

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting

The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting is a 30-year-old institution, founded by Boy Scout adult volunteers in the 1970s. Their goal was to collect the material remains of their Scouting experiences. Since then, the collection has grown to represent Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in the five-state upper Midwest region... more...

Northern Lights – A Look at Minnesota Books and Writers

Northern Lights – A Look at Minnesota Books and Writers was a television program sponsored by the Hennepin County Library and Metronet from 1988-2002 and originally aired on Metro Cable Channel 6. Over the course of 15 years this series interviewed numerous Minnesota authors, illustrators, artists and others from the literary arts... more...

Northfield Arts Guild

The Northfield Arts Guild was founded in 1959 by people wanting to create a place for community-based art making in theater, dance, music, literary and visual arts. More than 50 years later, the Arts Guild owns two buildings, produces more than 70 annual art events and conducts 30 weekly art classes. The Arts Guild also plays a... more...

Northfield Historical Society

The Northfield Historical Society, located in historic downtown Northfield, Minnesota, was founded in 1975 and is committed to being the primary community resource that honors, preserves and interprets Northfield's unique place in history, building a bridge from its past to its future. The images submitted to Minnesota Reflections... more...

Northfield Public Library

The Northfield Public Library began in 1856 with a reading room and a circulating library set up by the Lyceum Society. The library is located in an expanded Carnegie building in the heart of downtown Northfield and plays a vital role in preserving the history of Northfield. The local history collection includes books, atlases, plat... more...

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center

Established in 1972 on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center collects and preserves information concerning the history and culture of the Red River Valley of the North. The holdings of the center consist of correspondence, diaries, newspapers, business records, oral interviews... more...

Olmsted County Historical Society

The Olmsted County Historical Society in Rochester, Minnesota, educates and informs the public about local history by providing programs, exhibits and special events at their museum, archives and five historic sites. Their collection includes artifacts, records and photographs from county towns and cities, businesses, organizations and... more...

Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission

Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission is an advisory commission authorized by the city of Otsego, Minnesota, in 1994. Its mission is to discover, preserve, interpret and communicate Otsego history and culture and to enhance our sense of connection and appreciation for each other, our present environment and our legacy. The 1854 Otsego... more...

Otter Tail County Historical Society

The Otter Tail County Historical Society in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of Otter Tail County. For Minnesota Reflections, the society contributed more than 130 images that show early development of this west central county including, business activities, events... more...

Pennington County Historical Society

From its home in Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota, the Pennington County Historical Society works to discover, collect and preserve photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of Pennington County. For Minnesota Reflections, this historical society contributed photographs from the work of Jacob Borry... more...

Pipestone County Historical Society

Located in a former city hall building now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Pipestone County Museum, Pipestone, Minnesota, is home to the Pipestone County Historical Society, which collects artifacts, creates exhibits, maintains archives and a research library, and provides programming relating to this southwestern... more...

Plymouth Congregational Church

Plymouth Congregational Church, today a lively Christian community, has thrived in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, since its founding in 1857. From its beginnings as a frontier church, Plymouth Church has grown and changed with the city. Throughout its history, the congregation has demonstrated a passion for social outreach, locally... more...

Pope County Historical Society

The Pope County Historical Society in Glenwood, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of Pope County. The historical society's contribution to Minnesota Reflections features the work of M.J. Trenham, a portrait and landscape photographer from Alexandria, Minnesota. Subjects include... more...

Quatrefoil Library

Quatrefoil Library is a member-supported lending library, located in Minneapolis, that collects, maintains, documents and circulates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer materials and information in a safe and accessible space. Established in 1986, Quatrefoil is managed by an all-volunteer board and staff. The library collections include books... more...

Renville County Historical Society

The Renville County Historical Society preserves the history of Renville County with a museum in its home location of Morton, Minnesota. The historical society collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts. For Minnesota Reflections, the Renville County Historical Society contributed five photographs each of 10 of this south... more...

Rice County Historical Society

The Rice County Historical Society, located on the fairgrounds in Faribault, Minnesota, was founded in 1926 as an outgrowth of the Old Settlers Association, formed in 1874. The mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota." This mission has guided us over the years and continues... more...

Richfield Historical Society

Richfield Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares the story of Richfield, Minnesota, from its time as a large rural township that encompassed much of south Minneapolis and many surrounding communities to its growth as a market farming center and its early development as a suburb. From roots to ramblers to re-use, Richfield... more...

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College was founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board. Rochester is Minnesota's oldest community college and one of the nation's oldest, original community colleges. The images in Minnesota Reflections include the commencement programs from 1918-1960 and the... more...

Rockford Area Historical Society

The Rockford Area Historical Society, which operates the historic Ames-Florida-Stork House in Rockford, MN, maintains a large collection of artifacts and written documents pertaining to the Ames, Florida, and Stork families who owned the house beginning in 1856. The RAHS conducts tours and programs centered on these items to... more...

Roseau County Historical Society

The Roseau County Historical Society, in Roseau, Minnesota, gathers manuscripts, photographs, printed materials, American Indian artifacts and personal and public items to help people learn about the history of this northwest Minnesota county. They display much of this history in the Roseau County Historical Museum. The historical... more...

Sacred Heart Area Historical Society

The Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, located in the town of Sacred Heart in Renville County, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the German and Scandinavian settlement of this western part of Minnesota. For Minnesota Reflections, the Sacred Heart Area Historical Society contributed the... more...

St. Benedict's Monastery

The archivists at the St. Benedict's Monastery, home of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, document the history and mission of this Catholic order with more than 4,000 artifacts dating to 1857. The monastery contributed to Minnesota Reflections images of the sisters and their missions in towns across... more...

St. Catherine University

The St. Catherine University Archives contain historical documents of the college from its founding in 1905, those of St. Mary's School of Nursing (1900-1966), and St. Mary's Junior College, founded in 1964 and merged with St. Catherine in 1986. The images in Minnesota Reflections are those of the early days at St. Catherine... more...

St. Cloud State University Archives

The St. Cloud State University Archives maintains the corporate memory of St. Cloud State University by preserving and using records and publications of long-term value. Archival material documents the University's development and serves as a convenient source of reliable information about SCSU's programs, people, policies, and... more...

St. Cloud State University – Sinclair Lewis Letters to Marcella Powers

The Sinclair Lewis Letters to Marcella Powers Collection includes 262 letters and one poem written by author Sinclair Lewis to his intimate friend Marcella Powers between 1939 and 1947. Lewis discusses his career and his writing, his feelings for Powers, and his social life. A guide to the collection is available at St. Cloud State... more...

St. Croix Watershed Research Station

The mission of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, the environmental research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota located on the St. Croix River just south of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, is to foster a better understanding of the ecological systems of the St. Croix River basin and watersheds worldwide. Founded in 1989... more...

Saint John's Abbey

The Saint John's Abbey Archives, founded in 1871, collects, preserves and makes available to the public materials that show the history of the Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, from 1856 to the present. The collection preserves the life and history of the abbey and its members, through manuscript collections... more...

Saint Olaf College

The Shaw-Olson Center for College History at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, maintains paper records, photographs and recordings that document the college's history and actively collects historical materials about St. Olaf graduates. The center's holdings include the Ole G. Felland collection of St. Olaf and... more...

Saint Paul Almanac

The Saint Paul Almanac is a literary organization that creates opportunities for understanding, learning, and building relationships through sharing people's stories. Every year the organization publishes its Almanac which includes stories, poems, and articles about Saint Paul written by local authors. The Saint Paul Almanac also includes an... more...

St. Paul Public Housing Agency

The Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) has been an independent governmental unit since 1977. Its roots are in the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul (HRA), whose initial goal was to remove slums and construct low income housing. During the 1950s and 1960s, family public housing took the form of townhouse... more...

Saint Paul Public Library

The Saint Paul Public Library was founded in 1882, and now serves the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota from a Central Library, 12 branches, and a bookmobile. Among its special collections, the library maintains documents and other items detailing Saint Paul's history. The library contributed to Minnesota Reflections nearly 50 images... more...

St. Peter Regional Treatment Center

The St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, in St. Peter, Minnesota, is the state's earliest psychiatric treatment facility. Established in 1866, it was first known as the Asylum for the Insane and later as the St. Peter State Hospital. For Minnesota Reflections, the museum at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center contributed three... more...

St. Raphael's Catholic Church

St. Raphael Catholic Church, Springfield, Minnesota, was established in 1874 by a well-known pioneer priest from New Ulm, Reverend Alexander Berghold. St. Raphael Catholic Church contributed to Minnesota Reflections photography of Rev. John Gmeiner, who was a priest, a author, lecturer, scientist, and photographer. He served as pastor of... more...

St. Scholastica Monastery

Benedictine Sisters came to Duluth in 1881 from St. Joseph, Minnesota, and formed an independent community in 1892. The community motherhouse has been known as Sacred Heart Institute (1892), Villa Sancta Scholastica (1909), Saint Scholastica Priory (1959) and Saint Scholastica Monastery (1996). Institutions founded by the Sisters include... more...

Salem Covenant Church (Duluth, Minnesota)

Salem Covenant Church (Duluth, Minnesota) was founded October 14, 1890, by Swedish immigrants and was originally named the Swedish Christian Mission Church of West Duluth. From the beginning, Salem's emphasis has been on local and global mission work. The current congregation remains active in missions. The Salem Covenant Church... more...

Sauk Centre Area Historical Society

The Sauk Centre Area Historical Society, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, was founded in 1987 to collect for, and disseminate to, the public historical artifacts and information on the churches, businesses, and local families. The goal of the society is to sustain the knowledge of the past while recording current events for future generations... more...

Schroeder Area Historical Society

The Schroeder Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1996 that operates the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, Minnesota. Schroeder's history is much deeper than it appears today and the mission of the Schroeder Area Historical Society is to research, document, record, and preserve the unique history... more...

Scott County Historical Society

From its home in the Stans Museum in Shakopee, Minnesota, the Scott County Historical Society searches for and preserves the history and cultural heritage of Scott County. They share their history through exhibits and educational programs. The Scott County collection includes archival items, artifacts, and photographs that relate to... more...

Sherburne County Historical Society

The Sherburne County Historical Society helps the people of this Central Minnesota county develop an appreciation for the area's settlement and history. The historical society operates the Sherburne History Center in Becker, Minnesota, where it collects, preserves and interprets the history of Sherburne County. Our Minnesota... more...

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

The history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, reflects the historical development of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. The sisters arrived in St. Paul in 1851, before Minnesota became a state, and opened schools, hospitals and social service agencies for the people of the area. The mission... more...

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Soudan Underground Mine State Park is a former iron ore mine located on the Vermilion Iron Range in Soudan, Minnesota. In 1962 the mine was turned over to the State of Minnesota and it opened as a State Park in 1965. We strive to preserve the history of the mine and the area. We offer tours of the underground mine and we have exhibits... more...

Southwest Minnesota State University Striegel Archives

The Southwest Minnesota State University McFarland Library supports university curriculum by teaching course-integrated library instruction and by providing a learning environment and collections supporting research in various disciplines. The Striegel Archives, named after a retired SMSU librarian, houses materials significant enough to... more...

Stearns History Museum

The Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud, Minnesota, collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of Stearns County. They share this information in a two-story exhibit hall, a library and research center and through educational programming. The Stearns History Museum contributed to Minnesota Reflections... more...

Stevens County Historical Society

From its prairie home in Morris, Minnesota, the Stevens County Historical Society collects photographs, printed materials and esotartifacts that tell the story of the role Stevens County in the movement of settlers into the Dakotas and the western prairies. For Minnesota Reflections, the Stevens County Historical Society shared images of... more...

Stewartville Public Library

The Stewartville Public Library provides the people of the Stewartville, Minnesota, area with library services and has preserved some photographs and printed materials related to the history of this southeast Minnesota town. The library contributed images from the late 1800s to Minnesota Reflections of homes in the area, including the... more...

Stillwater Public Library

In additional to serving the eastern Minnesota community of Stillwater, Minnesota as its library, the Stillwater Public Library preserves historical collections, including photographs, of this town on the banks of the St. Croix River. The Stillwater Public Library's contribution to Minnesota Reflections includes images of the James... more...

Synod of Lakes and Prairies

The Synod of the Lakes and Prairies, located in Eagan, Minnesota, serves the mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) throughout its region which includes a wide area of the upper Midwest. It supports the ministry of the 16 presbyteries within its bounds of nearly 900 churches and 150,000 members. Presbyterian work to the Dakota Indian... more...

Teacher Guides

Teacher Guides to Minnesota Reflections were developed as a special resource for K-12 teachers and their students. The guides, written by 13 teachers from across the state, aim to help teachers use the photos, maps, documents, and sound recordings in the collection to meet state or national academic standards. The guides address all... more...

Todd County Historical Society

The Todd County Historical Society in Long Prairie, Minnesota was organized to preserve the history and artifacts and genealogies of the residents of Todd County in a safe location for the generations to come. For Minnesota Reflections, Todd County contributed its 1906 county plat book. more...

Trondhjem Community Preservation Society

The Trondhjem Community Preservation Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to preserve and care for the historic Trondhjem Church in rural Lonsdale, Minnesota, and to collect the history of this 19th century Norwegian immigrant community. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed in... more...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, administers lock and dam building and operations for the upper Mississippi River region and maintains historic collections related to its activities. From headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, this district office has served the upper Mississippi River basin and surrounding areas since... more...

University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections

The University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives and Special Collections includes the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections that document regional history. The NEMHC Center was organized in the 1970s as one of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers in collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society... more...

University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University Archives

The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives in the Kathryn A. Martin Library includes publications, photographs, memorabilia and university records from its early days as the Duluth Normal School (later becoming the Duluth State Teachers College). The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives contributed to Minnesota Reflections images of... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives contain important collections chronicling Jewish history, communities, religion, and culture in the Upper Midwest region. The archives, housed in the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, are a result of a donation of the materials from the Jewish Historical... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, John R. Borchert Map Library

The John R. Borchert Map Library collection at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries includes maps of Minnesota from the 1850s to the present, United States Geological Survey topographic maps, and aerial photographs for the state of Minnesota from the late 1930s to the present. The library also includes atlases and... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives

The Kautz Family YMCA Archives at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries holds materials related to the early establishment of the YMCA in the United States and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Kautz Family YMCA Archives contributed to Minnesota Reflections images that show the YMCA building and associated activities of the... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, Minnesota Orchestra Archives

The Minnesota Orchestra Archives at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries includes materials from throughout the 100 years of this orchestra, which is considered one of the top orchestras in the United States. For Minnesota Reflections, the Minnesota Orchestra Archives shared images of musicians and conductors from the early... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, Northwest Architectural Archives

The Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries collects the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects and interior designers from Minnesota and surrounding areas. This includes drawings, photographs and job files. They contributed to Minnesota Reflections images from... more...

University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives

The University Archives at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries collects, maintains and provides access to historical documents of the University of Minnesota. For Minnesota Reflections, University Archives contributed images that show the teaching, learning and service mission of the University of Minnesota, with emphasis... more...

University of St. Thomas, Department of Special Collections

The University of St. Thomas Special Collections in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library in St. Paul, Minnesota documents the history of the university (formerly known as a college), the St. Paul Seminary, the Nazareth Hall Seminary, the St. John Vianney Seminary, the St. Thomas Military Academy (to 1965) and the Catholic Digest (1939 to... more...

University of St. Thomas, Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library is the graduate theological library of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Affiliated with The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, it provides curricular support for programs that prepare ordained and lay leaders for ministry. The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library is widely known... more...

Wanda Gag House

The Wanda Gag House Association museum is the historic residence of author Wanda Hazel Gag in New Ulm, Minnesota. The association contributed to Minnesota Reflections an image taken in about 1900 of the home Wanda Gag lived in as a girl. more...

Waseca County Historical Society

Since 1938, Waseca County Historical Society in Waseca, Minnesota has preserved and interpreted the history of the county, organized in 1857. As a county museum and research library, WCHS is proud to be the primary historical resource for its current and former residents, and many visitors on site and online. We are proud to join in the... more...

Washington County – Survey and Land Management Division

The Washington County Surveyor's Office in Stillwater, Minnesota perpetuates the location of section corners that were established in 1847 for the United States Public Land Survey. Section corners are the foundation of land ownership. Townships in Washington County were among the first areas surveyed in Minnesota, as part of the... more...

Watonwan County Historical Society

Watonwan County Historical Society, in Madelia, Minnesota, collects and preserves artifacts, photographs and manuscripts that tell the story of the growth and expansion of our county. It houses extensive records used by patrons for genealogy research on people, towns and events. The Watonwan County Historical Society submitted more than... more...

Westonka Historical Society

The Westonka Historical Society, located on the northwest bank of Lake Minnetonka in western Hennepin County, Minnesota began meeting in 1967. We are committed to preserving records, gathering artifacts, and making our history accessible. WHS supports research on Tonka Toys, Inc., which began in 1947 in Mound, Minnesota; on the Andrews... more...

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, serves the public with a museum, archives and resource library. The collection, which spans nearly 150 years, includes artifacts, photographs and records relating to the resorts, railroads, businesses and governments of the five municipalities that touch White... more...

Winona County Historical Society

The mission of the Winona County Historical Society, located in Winona, Minnesota, is to collect, preserve, and interpret materials that document the human history of Winona County. The main museum, which used to serve as the county's National Guard Armory, features a time-line of Winona County history, an award-winning... more...

Winona State University

The Winona State University library holds archives related to the records and early development of the institution, the oldest "normal school" west of the Mississippi River and the birthplace of the National Education Association. Images Winona State University contributed to Minnesota Reflections show campus activities including... more...

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