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Best Website

Minnesota Historical Society

Want to get lost on the internet for hours, without the guilty feeling that comes from stalking your all your exes' Facebook pages? The Minnesota Historical Society's website offers the most fulfilling, the most enlightening time-suck around. The site is not only the place to go when you need to look up the hours for the Charles Lindbergh House or the North West Company Fur Post, it also maintains much of its extensive photograph collection online. Search a term near your house — say, Hiawatha — and you'll find a circa-1925 photo of one of the mills that lines the corridor, or one of the many long-gone service stations that used to occupy the neighborhood. Say you only want to look at photographs from prior to statehood? No problem — you can adjust your search to take a gander at St. Anthony Falls when they were still truly massive, or the tipis that used to sit at what is now the gateway to downtown Minneapolis. And the fun doesn't stop there — you can also take a peek at what more can be found in the Historical Society's in-house collection, whether you're working on a research paper, family genealogy, or just want to get away from your laptop and go sit amid the dusty stacks.

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