Minnesota History

Minnesota Historical Society Sites

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The Minnesota Historical Society manages 26 sites in Minnesota. From restored prairie battlegrounds, homes of important historical figures, and well-regarded museums, the Historical Society is an important contributor to Minnesota’s cultural life.

Granite Falls: Minnesota River Town

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Small town Granite Falls on the Minnesota River features the historic Volstead House Museum, a WWII air museum, and a spirited arts community. Just over two hours’ drive from Minneapolis, it makes for an easy overnight or weekend getaway.

The Lac qui Parle Mission and State Park

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The Lac Qui Parle Mission provides a glimpse into some of the earliest interactions between the Indians of the Upper Minnesota River area and the first white settlers, including Joseph Renville, who was instrumental in creating a system of writing the Dakota language.