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Minnesota Historical Society

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Active dates:1849 -

The Historical Society maintains 26 historic sites and museums. Authority for administration and control of the State History Center is conferred on the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minnesota State Historical Society is designated the research agency and is responsible for the interpretation of the public areas for visitors to the Capitol. This involves conducting or approving public programs and tours in the Capitol and State Office Building, including exhibits held in the Capitol, providing informational services, acting as advisor on preservation, recommending appropriate custodial policies, and maintaining and repairing all works of art.


The Minnesota Historical Society was created by the Territorial Legislature in 1849 as one of the first educational and cultural institutions in Minnesota. Today, the Society serves a statewide audience through programs and services at the History Center in the Capitol Complex in St. Paul and through a statewide network of historic sites and museums. The History Center, near downtown St. Paul, is home to the Society's vast collections. The Mill City Museum, Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior, and Historic Fort Snelling are examples of some of the Society's 26 historic sites and museums.

During the 2017 legislative session, Governor Dayton recommended that the Legislature transfer the the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) from the Minnesota Historical Society to the Department of Administration. The Legislature mandated the transfer in the 2017 Omnibus State Government Finance Law (Laws 2017, 1st. Sp. Sess., Chap. 4, Art. 1, Sec. 11, Sub. 2 and Art. 2, Sec. 29, 54).

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1978-2017.
Record last updated: 11/11/2021

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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